Ant-Man (2015)

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Peyton Reed directs Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly in this Marvel superhero caper that focuses on a thief who steals a suit that allows him the shrink to the size of an insect. 

A light and fluffy romp, benefitting from what is easily the starriest topline cast a Marvel production has paid for upfront. I have a lot of time for Ant-Man. Rudd is a cheeky, amiable and self aware lead. The set pieces are dotted with the inventive cartoon flourishes that you know came from Edgar Wright’s decade of pre-production storyboarding rather than journeyman’s Reed efficient yet bland directing. It actually escalates with nimble pace too. We go from origins to training montage to caper to massive action finale act without ever losing sight of its core strengths; the scale shifting shenanigans and plunging the smirking Rudd into this derring-do silliness. I’m often hard on Marvel but this jazzy little number has enough thrills, laughs and character work to make it a more than worthy blockbuster.

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