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|Genre:||Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Comedy|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 117 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Another superhero movie? And then there's a hero who's superpower lies in being shrunk to the size of an ant, an almost unknown hero at least in this country? That sounds pretty silly and not exactly cool. Also not very positive is the fact that director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead"), who worked for years on his passion project, was replaced by Peyton Reed due to creative differences. This can only be a total bombshell. Didn't I? Far from it! "Ant-Man" is extremely entertaining, offers great action and is without a doubt the funniest MARVEL movie since "Guardians of the Galaxy".
The story focuses on computer genius and small-time crook Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who would do anything to get back together with his little daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson). To prove to his ex-wife Maggie (Judy Greer) that he is serious, he needs an apartment, money and a job. And it's not that easy when you're just getting out of jail. And so Scott has no choice but to get involved again with Luis (Michael Peña) and his gang. But the allegedly foolproof burglary in the house of the scientist Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) catapults the trickster into an adventure of undreamt-of dimensions. Because Pym has chosen Scott to help him stop his former protégé Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) from putting Pym's groundbreaking inventions into the wrong hands. For this he not only has to use his very special skills as a thief, but also slip into a unique suit that turns him into a very special superhero: in Ant-Man!
"Ant-Man" is exactly what you can expect from a summer blockbuster. The movie offers humor, action, a little tension and first-class special effects. But the latest adventure from MARVEL also has many other successful aspects to offer. Especially the main characters Scott Lang and Hank Pym are very well worked out. Scott is actually the typical anti-hero who fulfills all common clichés. Nevertheless, the harmonious mixture of good script and sympathetic actors has made it possible to give this archetypal character very special traits. It's the same with Hank Pym. The figure of the grumpy, somehow egocentric scientist has already been seen in countless films in all imaginable variations. Nevertheless, Michael Douglas succeeds in giving this comic hero, who is almost completely unknown in this country, his very own touch. The good elaboration of these characters pays off especially in their interplay, which makes the movie's entertainment value rise again and again.
But Michael Peña also manages to do this in two wonderful scenes, which definitely still originate from Edgar Wright's script version. Greatly played, wonderfully staged and very wittily written, these unusual "flashbacks" undoubtedly belong to the humorous highlights of a movie that has an unexpectedly high gag density, without ever becoming too silly. Rather the humor in connection with the great action underlines the extreme coolness of this very special superhero. The way in which his debut is linked to the already established MARVEL universe through allusions and smaller guest appearances is also very successful. And yes, also with this film it's worth staying in the cinema until the end of the credits. Beside a scene in the middle of the credits there is at the end a little preview of the next adventure of a very special patriotic Avenger, in which Ant-Man will play an important role as well.
Admittedly, the story itself is very conventional as a so-called "Origin"-story. But here, too, the actors, script and staging manage to effectively counteract any form of oversaturation of the superhero genre. "Ant-Man" is a perfect entertainment cinema, which offers the cinema-goer for his money primarily fun and food for the eye. And it's finally another film in which the 3D effect doesn't just make sense, but actually intensifies the pleasure. If you like "Iron-Man" or the "Guardians of the Galaxy", you should put aside all possible reservations and give this movie a chance. Because even small superheroes can offer great pleasure! Absolutely worth seeing!
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