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by S Lynn (subscribe)
A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published July 13th 2015
A tiny superhero with a massive punch
Theatrical release poster

I am a small person, so I am used to hearing people say "good things come in small packages". As a small person, it is extremely satisfying to watch a movie where the superhero is minuscule and powerful. Especially a superhero based on an insect with admirable qualities of persistence, hard work and team work: the humble ant. Just like A Bug's Life, you can't help but look at ants with a new-found sense of respect.

The main weapon is a super-suit with the remarkable ability to shrink in scale and increase the strength of its wearer, just like an ant which is capable of lifting objects 50 times its body weight. In Ant Man, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is recruited by Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) to pull off a heist to stop this amazing technology from falling into the wrong hands and being used as a dangerous weapon in global wars. Like most action hero movies, there must be a villain. This one comes in the form of Corey Stoll as Darren Cross, Dr Hank Pym's protégé gone wrong.

I have not read the Marvel Comic based on the Ant Man character so I started the movie with an empty slate and no prior pre-conceptions. I was pleasantly surprised.

I usually find it difficult to relate to superheroes because of their supernatural abilities (Superman) or their mountains of money (Ironman and Batman) so it was rather refreshing that Ant Man's Paul Rudd is an ordinary forty something down on his luck ex-thief with a young daughter he loves. In the age where underemployment is rife especially for someone who has been in prison, there is something about Paul's character, Scott Lang, that is so likeable and relatable you can't help but root for him.

Ant Man is produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios and is based on a timeline several months after the events of the Avengers: the Age of Ultron. This created a great flow with references to the Avengers and its characters as well as a guest appearance from the Falcon, which is rather apt since Ant Man was actually one of the original Avengers. I enjoyed this movie a lot more than the Avengers: Age of Ultron due to the witty one-liners and humour.

Scott Lang's sidekicks and members of his heist team Luis, Dave and Kurt are hilarious, their characters showcase America at its multi-cultural best and deliver laughs to the audience. The CGI effects were also great, especially in 3D.

I do not know enough about the physics and technical side to comment if the shrinking premise makes sense but if you push your intellectual doubts aside and accept the movie for what it is – pure entertainment at its light hearted best, you will not be disappointed.
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