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Running Time:
1 hour 55 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for sci-fi action violence

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
It's funny, clever and its view of the world in miniature is often spectacular. With the likable Paul Rudd buffed up to portray the former cat burglar-turned-superhero, "Ant-Man" has a self-deprecating and witty edge.

Additional Info:
Paul Rudd ... Scott Lang / Ant-Man
Michael Douglas ... Dr. Hank Pym
Evangeline Lilly ... Hope van Dyne
Corey Stoll ... Yellowjacket
Bobby Cannavale ... Paxton
Judy Greer ... Maggie Lang
Abby Ryder Fortson ... Cassie Lang
Michael Peņa ... Luis D
David Dastmalchian ... Kurt
T.I. ... Dave
Wood Harris ... Gale
Hayley Atwell ... Peggy Carter
John Slattery ... Howard Stark
Martin Donovan ... Mitchell Carson

Ant Man
Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), the expert cat burglar and ex-con recruited by the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to don his old suit and short-circuit the malevolent plans of Pym’s corporate successor Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) to weaponize the miniaturization technology in league with a villainous bureaucrat (Martin Donovan).

The mission involves lots of slapsticky training for Lang, with plenty of comic pratfalls and bug-eyed reaction shots as he learns to control the process of shifting size and is taught fighting techniques by Pym’s svelte, martial arts-trained daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly), who’s also serving as her father’s mole in Cross’s company. Our miniature hero must also learn how to telepathically direct his army of helper ants, rendered  electronically with varying levels of persuasiveness, to do what they must to ensure his success in derailing Cross’s plans.

There are a couple of other plot threads that are meant to add depth and humor but mostly weigh things down. One involves Lang’s domestic situation, with his ex-wife Maggie (Judy Greer) involved with cop Paxton (Bobby Cannavale) keeping our hero, who’s way behind in his child support, from his doting, cute-as-a-button daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson). This business relies far too much on Fortson’s rather cloying lovability, and descends to the level of cheap child endangerment for suspense when she’s taken prisoner by Cross’s miniaturized alter-ego, the nefarious Yellowjacket, who uses her to lure Ant-Man into the inevitable final confrontation.

Then there’s the addition of three stooge-like buddies of Lang—motor-mouth Luis (Michael Pena), computer wizard Kurt (David Dastmalchian) and homeboy Dave (Tip “T.I.” Harris)—to the team assembled to break into the Cross Company and assist in Ant-Man's sabotage of the shrinking process. These fellows are amusing in small doses—and one bit involving them, in which Pena’s recitation of events segues into flashbacks in which other characters are shown lip-synching to his words—is actually pretty clever, and dexterously pulled off. But after a while they can get a bit tiresome.

More winning are Paul Rudd, whose light touch constantly reminds us not to take the movie too seriously, and Michael Douglas, whose grumpiness—once he gets to act his age after the opening bit—is mitigated by obvious concern for his daughter and continuing grief over the loss of his wife (her apparent demise explained late in the film). 

There are points in Ant-Man where the scientific gobbledygook gets rather tedious, and others where explanation is tossed aside as too inconvenient to bother with. But that’s par for the course in these comic-book extravaganzas, and probably won’t seriously impede the picture from contributing to the financial juggernaut these superhero blockbusters have come to represent for Marvel and now Disney. 

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