Ant-Man is like a super-powered heist movie

Film Review by Ben Nicholson | 12 Nov 2015
Film title: Ant-Man
Director: Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña
Release date: 30 Nov
Certificate: 12

As self-aware as the name demands, Marvel's latest hero belies his size to be a hugely enjoyable addition to the studio's growing superhero universe. Helmed by Peyton Reed, enlisted after the departure of fan-favourite Edgar Wright, Ant-Man is like a super-powered heist movie, mixing fantastic invention with a tried, tested and all-too-familiar formula.

Michael Douglas is perfect as the exposition-spouting Hank Pym, who entrusts his natty shrinking suit to ex-con Scott Lang (Rudd) for one big job. Rudd effortlessly embodies one of the little guys in this big world. His easy charm and deadpan delivery is deployed for emphatic leading-man harmony, although the uproarious Michael Peña threatens to steal the show.

Though perhaps not as mould-breaking as some hoped, there's plenty to enjoy here, with a punch-up in a briefcase and a final showdown on a toy train-set in a little girl's bedroom inspired subversions of Marvel Studio's already wearisome tropes.

Released by Walt Disney Home Entertainment