Ant Man is awesome in the CGI/special effects department, and it’s so well made that I doubt it would have worked this well 5 years ago. His powers are incredibly well displayed, and seeing a 40 year old Michael Douglas again was quite an eye-opener. It also features some very amusing fight spots.
The dialogue and jokes are pretty hilarious without getting carried away. Christophe Beck’s score was well made, but lacks a staple theme. Edgar Wright’s story is very tight and surprisingly self-contained, with practically everything said and shown referred back to in a “show don’t tell” fashion. The acting was great, Paul Rudd did an awesome job as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly is great as Hope Van Dyne, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)’s daughter (and a great comic foil), and Corey Stoll’s performance as Darren Cross was a little cartoony but well done. Child actors were roughly on par with what Steven Spielberg could pull off.
The high level of special effects also lead to some of the best cinematography that I’ve seen in quite a while. Everything is so small, and yet visually stunning.
Would I recommend Ant Man? Yes! It’s excellent fun, and even if you haven’t been watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe religiously, it’s self-contained enough to be enjoyed on its own until you start piecing together the bigger picture.
Special Effects: *****