Brad Wenzel Raves:
First off, the rumor you heard about Marvel dubbing the word “ant” over the word “spider” and rereleasing the 2002 Spider-Man film is just a rumor, so you can relax.
Paul Rudd delivers. Anyone watching this movie because they, “Like Paul Rudd” will leave the theatre satisfied with Paul Rudd’s performance. Ant-Man won’t make you like Paul Rudd less and it might even make you like Paul Rudd a little bit more. Great job, Paul.
At first, Ant-Man is regular size, but then he’s tiny. He can also return to regular size. Ant-Man. Great stuff.
At one point, the Cop (who also happens to be the step-father of Ant-Man’s daughter, Cassie) puts the cuffs on Ant-Man, but Ant-Man is trying to save the day. This cop really mucks things up. Social commentary up the wazoo.
After the credits, they’re all like, “Woman Ant-Man?” and we all felt pretty good about it.
At one point, there’s a fight scene that takes place on a train, but get this… It’s a toy train. Sounds crazy, but Ant-Man and his nemesis are tiny so it totally works. Watch out Amy Schumer, there’s more than one train wreck in theaters this summer.
Brad Wenzel Scathes:
“They barely used real ants!”
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room or rather, the ants in the room or rather, the lack of ants in the room. They barely used real ants! I’ve been saying it for years, Hollywood doesn’t want ants. You can’t have your cake and eat it too Hollywood! It just might lead to cake crumbs and you know… Ants.
In the opening scene, Michael Douglas appears as Dr. Pym, but it’s a flashback to 1989. Here’s where things get messy. They make Michael Douglas look young for the flashback and young Michael Douglas kind of looks like Emilio Esteves. I was like, “Is that Emilio Esteves?” Messy.
Also, they drop a dead wife line like 2 minutes into the movie. YIKES.
T.I. makes an appearance as Dave. I think we all know that character should have been named T.I. No one was thinking, “Nice job, Dave.” A man the size of an ant is one thing, but we can only suspend disbelief so much.
Evangeline Lilly plays Hope Van Dyne and Hope has to put up with so much bull shit.
Brad Wenzel Rates It: Five Stars?
*Originally published August 1, 2015
Brad Wenzel is a comedian. Follow him on twitter: @BradWenzel