Marvel has found its rhythm in the cinematic world, so much that the franchise has developed a routine for its films, and Ant-Man certainly rolls in line with that program. The dry humor and fast-plotting that made The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy so great has slowly begun to lose its luster and this film may have suffered consequences because of it.

Not lacking for major heroics, though on a minor scale, Ant-Man delivers the punch, the C.G., and the chuckles that have become the standard of the good Marvel films, but it runs extremely formulaic and is full of the action-star anti-hero clichés we have been seeing for years. The cast does just fine, adding some color to this dull canvas of burned-out familiarities, with a special nod going the way of Paul Rudd who knocks the lead role out of the park.

Towards the end, after the standard non-stop barrage of destruction and hard-hitting humor, we are treated to a brief but very Kubrickian-style scene reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which brings the movie an artistic texture yet experienced in the Marvel movie industry while also adding a beautiful and touching vein that saves the film from being a complete run-of-the-mill experience from the colossal superhero titan.

Ultimately, Ant-Man is just another piece of a larger puzzle; it is another movie created to lead into another movie while making large profits for the Marvel enterprise. At least, though, it is entertaining and fun. It is what you would expect from a comic book brought to life. It may not be memorable, but it is enjoyable.

3.5 out of 5 stars.


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