ANT-MAN
A fast-paced action comedy, set in the ever expanding Marvel Universe
RATING
RELEASED November 30th

 

 

We know what you're thinking and we thought the same thing, too: just how many more caped crusaders can we possibly endure on the big screen? The truth is, one more if it's Ant-Man.

 

With unseen footage and deleted scenes, several things are clear, even at the sub-atomic level; Marvel really, really know how to mix it up.

 

Let's skip the review covering the CG that turns the clock back on Douglas making him look 25 years younger. Let's forget about the boyish humour of a leaner Paul Rudd. And whilst we're crossing things out, keep your astonishment at bay for the original take on a Marvel franchise blockbuster, guised as a heist flick.

 

Instread, let's focus on the nitty gritty, and they don't come much grittier than Evangeline Lilly, cast as Hope Pym, Hank Pym's (Douglas) daughter. Unable to disappoint, our combative jujitsu-wielding alpha female treads that fine line between predictable love interest and bad-ass most capable of getting the job done, without breaking a sweat.

 

Much like Lilly's role in Lost as Kate Austen, her intensity and ability to emotionally lure the audience into a false sense of security brings a source of empowerment for a female lead in a male dominated genre.

 

The extended footage and deleted scenes really expose the level of ingenuity at Marvel. Footage from home security cameras and news reports links from Lesile Bibb (Christine Everhart - Iron Man) just enhance the depth of the Marvel Universe.

 

As you can imagine, the outtakes of Rudd and co are just hilarious, pranks, frolics and spoilers, so if you're not a fan of the ongoing duplication of comic book hero films, this might be for you.

 

All in all, Ant-Man is a fast-paced action comedy, set askew in the Marvel Universe, and introduces a female that may just have a title shot. Cue The Wasp...

 

 

Words by Darren Steer.

 

 

 

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“Lilly brings a source of empowerment to a female lead in a male dominated genre.”

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