February 23, 2024

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My Spoiler Free Ant-Man Review…Which Is Better Than Ryan’s Review

ANT-MAN - 2015 FILM STILL - Photo Credit: Marvel  © Marvel 2014  ©Marvel 2015
Ant-Man, In case you were confused…

Ryan just gave his thoughts on Marvel’s latest entry.  Was he right?  Not really.  Ol’ Watson’ll give you the REAL scoop, as always.

Look.  I didn’t hate the movie.  I should start off saying that, but like any review that starts that way , I will now spend the rest of my article ripping it.

I ‘ve liked all the MCU films.  To me the worst ones (Iron Man 2 and the Incredible Hulk) are entirely passable popcorn flicks.  Ant-Man is no different, but how good is that?  I can certainly give it a lukewarm thumbs up, I guess.  Like, roughly a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes seems about fair…


But this film DEFINITELY signals the end of the MCU dominance.  A movie like Ant-Man means to me that the Marvel brand is no longer “must-see” and I feel audiences will agree.  After Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, I think the casual fan may start to think that they can wait until they see it at home.  That is how damaging this film and AoU is the Marvel brand.  Not bad, but bland.

Marvel's Ant-Man..Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)..Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal..? Marvel 2014
Ant-Man was not quite in the crapper…but it was close.

So, what about the film itself?  What makes me so “meh” on it despite Ryan’s undeserved praise?

  • First, it was the worst dialogue of any of the Marvel films to date….and this is a series not known for its memorable dialogue.
  • Second, this film cannot find a singular tone so it stumbles back and forth from comedy to straight “music blaring” adventure film.  I just praised the movie Trainwreck this morning for being able to shift agilely from one dynamic to another, but Ant-Man is the antithesis of this.  The comedy wasn’t funny enough to be “Marvel’s first big comedy” movie.  The action wasn’t good enough to stand on its own.  You are left with a singularly, uneven movie.
  • Third, no one but Paul Rudd and Michael Pena were very good in this movie.  Angeline Lillie was absolutely dreadful.  Michael Douglas was ok, but he suffered from the terrible script.
  • Finally, despite being played by an able actor in Corey Stall, the villain in the movie, Yellowjacket, was the worst MCU movie villain ever.  He was so contrived that I am surprised he didn’t have a mustache to twirl.
Pictured: Original concept art of Yellowjacket

Ryan described his love for the movie like this:

Yes, it has plot holes that you could drive a miniaturized 18-wheeler through, but that’s every heist film.  What it got right, it got very right.

This from the man who has ripped on Jurassic World for the exact same sins so often that when the lady at the snack bar at work sees Ryan walk in, she takes her 15 minute break.  Honestly, I think Ryan is confusing plot holes with bad plotting.  Ant-Man just kind of meandered.  And I also find it interesting that Ryan forgives Ant-Man because it is a heist movie.  The bar is lower for a heist film than the fourth installment in a dinosaur horror series?


Marvel has started to play it safe and hit a bunch of singles.  Ant-Man is a single that the runner barely legged out.  Basically, Ant-Man is ok if you are ok with mediocre popcorn movies.

But by way of comparison, Jurassic World is currently six movies ahead of Ant-Man on my annual list, Ryan.

The Marvel Summer of Disappointment continues.

Score: 6.5 out of 10 .