CINEMA REVIEW: Ant-Man (12A)

Ant-Man is out now.
Ant-Man is out now.
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Ant-Man may be tiny but I’m sure the box office success of Marvel’s latest movie won’t be.

And who says superheroes need to be big anyway? The mini man packs a mighty punch.

Paul Rudd may not be the typical image you’d conjure up when imagining the perfect superhero, but he’s fantastic in this new flick from the comic book giants, and he really buffed up for it.

He plays con-man Scott Lang who steals an extraordinary suit that allows him to shrink to the size of an ant, while boosting his strength.

He’s recruited by the suit’s creator, scientist Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to pull off a seemingly-impossible heist and take on the villainous Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll) in order to save the world.

Douglas is spectacular in his first ever superhero movie and Evangeline Lilly is impressively lethal as his daughter, Hope van Dyne.

In typical Marvel style, Ant-Man has the perfect balance of action, humour, romance, high-adrenaline sequences and the sweeter moments.

Strangely, it also made me appreciate ants in a way I never thought I would – their strength, ability and the clever way they work together is something I’d never really given much thought, but it is impressive.

Seeing the world from their perspective – looking up at giant versions of everyday objects – was actually quite terrifying. I’ll never step on one again.

The effects are absolutely awe-inspiring. The CGI ants are surprisingly adorable and just look fantastic alongside a tiny Paul Rudd – it looks amazing.

Paul Rudd stars as Ant-Man.

Paul Rudd stars as Ant-Man.

The action is gripping too and Lang is an underdog you’ll love to cheer for. Everything he does is for his adorable little girl Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) – he’s an everyday guy with an extraordinary story.

A miniature fight scene in Cassie’s bedroom is incredible. The contrast between the death-defying scrap on toy train tracks and the impending doom brought on by an approaching Thomas the Tank Engine from the perspective of Ant-Man and Yellowjacket and the way us normal-sized people are seeing it is hilarious.

Dubbed-over story-telling scenes from Scott’s ex-cellmate Luis (Michael Peña) add extra chuckles and references to other characters in the Marvel universe make you feel like you’re in on the secret.

Ant-Man has a bit of everything and I absolutely loved it. It’s quite a different take on the genre, with a convicted criminal as the hero, but it works wonderfully.

Ant-Man has a bit of everything and I absolutely loved it. It’s quite a different take on the genre, with a convicted criminal as the hero, but it works wonderfully.

Stick around for two extra scenes after the end of the movie – one mid-credits and another after what feels like 10,000 scrolling names, but it’s worth it to get a sneak preview of what’s to come from Marvel.

The words ‘Ant-Man will return’ flash up on the screen before it goes black, and we can only hope that it’s not too long before we see him again. Can we have the sequel now please?

Ant-Man is out now. See it at Cineworld Boldon. Click here to book tickets.

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Ant-Man must face the villainous Yellowjacket.

Ant-Man must face the villainous Yellowjacket.