"Ant-Man" Rejuvenates Tiring Marvel Formula


Marvel takes another chance by introducing one of the lesser-known characters to mass moviegoers with "Ant-Man" and the gambling pays off. Pure and simple, it's a heist film for the comic book generation. It just so happens that the costumed guy putting the job together can shrink and organize hundreds of insects into an army to do his bidding.

Paul Rudd takes on the lead role and injects his usual brand of wry humor into the character. A great combination of special effects, humor, and superhero action make for what I consider one of the most fun and exhilarating viewing experiences I've had watching a Marvel comic book movie.

In "Ant-Man," Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is forced out of his own company by former protégé Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). He recruits the talents of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a master thief just released from prison. Lang becomes Ant-Man, trained by Pym and armed with a suit that allows him to shrink in size, possess superhuman strength and control an army of ants. The miniature hero must use his new skills to prevent Cross, also known as Yellowjacket, from perfecting the same technology and using it as a weapon for evil.

The movie is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence. It also contains profanity, alcohol and smoking, drug references, adult situations, and frightening and intense scenes. I felt "Ant-Man" had way more bad language than the other Marvel films and all of it was unnecessary and could've been avoided.

"Ant-Man" is a breath of fresh air after the delivery of the stale, over-crowded, and predictable "Avengers: Age of Ultron." What we have here is a welcome departure from the Marvel formula. It might not be the Marvel movie we thought we wanted, but its the one we need to shake things up and make their cinematic universe interesting again.