Okay now that that cliche is out of the way, let's talk Marvel's Ant-Man. So what can I say about this film that would sum everything up? Marvel's Ant-Man has the comedic charm of "Guardians of the Galaxy" along with the thrilling action of The Avengers, but something new that we haven't seen yet in a film out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.... pure heart!
While there are some nods to the rest of the MCU (including an appearance from an Avenger and some cameos from other movies on top of that), Ant-Man stands alone apart from the other superheroes we've already seen and it works. It includes a fantastic cast rounded out by lead Paul Rudd and a solid supporting cast that includes Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, and Evangeline Lily just to name a few. Being familiar with the comic source material, Paul Rudd does a great job in portraying the lead of Scott Lang, and the story does one thing better than the latest Avenger movie in that it gives time for proper character development of all the supporting cast.
One thing I was worried about when it came to Ant-Man was the special effects considering the transition from big to tiny and the use of a lot of insects. The CGI however completely holds up and even does a great job in making Michael Douglas seemlessly look decades younger in one part of the film.
Bottom line is that Ant-Man is just a fun, charming movie that is worth heading out this weekend to see, especially if you are a fan of anything having to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The cast is great, the story is witty, and the action keeps you on the edge of your seat. But as I mentioned earlier, my favorite part of this movie is the emotion and the heart that it carries that we have not seen come from the MCU. For that alone it is worth the view.
Oh yeah and in typical Marvel style... stay all the way to the end for the mid AND after credit cut scene.
OFFICIAL REVIEW: 9 out of 10