Ant-Man (2015) (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll
Rated: PG-13/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Disney / Buena Vista
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world
I’ve never been a fan of Ant-Man in the comics. I say this as a person who lives and dies for Marvel comics and as a man who is a big fan of The Avengers in general. I’m down for any Marvel Universe film, but I went into Ant-Man with a lot of second guessing and pondering on if they could work their magic on a character that I find extremely unspectacular, or at least so in comic form. Well, now having seem Ant-Man I am happy to report that (let me use caps here) MARVEL DONE DID IT AGAIN! Yes, Ant-Man was a sub-par comic (in my opinion), but it makes for a grade A action comedy Marvel movie apparently. A movie that keeps you either laughing or entertained from just about start to finish. This is a movie that makes the most of the character by bypassing to the Scott Lang era is a very clever way. It also makes the most of lead actor Paul Rudd, who is a bit hit and miss in most things I’ve seen, but now I can’t picture anyone else as Ant-Man and that is a great accomplishment for any movie. It also shows just how well Paul Rudd makes the character in the movie. Scott Lang is a crook not because he just wants to be, he also is very witty, soft-hearted, and anything but a dull dude. Toss in some now vintage Marvel cinematic universe action and humor and we have another case of turning a character that most might not have been super crazy about before and making their stock rise greatly.
The movie seems to in the heart of things be a heist film, but one in the Marvel Universe so that means everything is upped to the umpteenth degree for various reasons. We get the crime aspect in a light-hearted way, but we also end up with some of the coolest action scenes I’ve seen. Plus, this guy is Ant-Man and his number one foe here is a guy called Yellow-jacket, so that makes for some very interesting and clever places and ways to do battle during our big final act. We’re talking about a movie here that even manages to squeeze in a cool and smart place for one of my favorite songs by The Cure, so for me to set here and tell you that I really enjoyed this movie might just be the understatement of the year. So, big ants to small ants, Michael Douglas to Evangeline Lilly to Michael Peña, this is easily one of the best movies you can see this year and I’d put it right up there with The Dark Knight, The Watchmen, and Iron Man in some of the best comic book movies you’re ever going to see. This is also one of the very best Blu-ray discs I have ever seen. I don’t know if I’ve seen a release personally yet that pushes the limits of the format before as well as this one does. Of course I’ve sadly not seen all the Marvel Blu-rays releases yet, but if they are on this level I’d better go get those to go along with this ASAP. Bottom line is, this is a great movie and a perfect looking Blu-ray release.
– Featurette: Making of an Ant-Sized Heist: A How-To Guide
– Featurette: Let’s Go to the Macroverse
– Featurette: WHIH NewsFront
– Deleted & Extended Scenes
– Gag Reel
– Audio Commentary with Director Peyton Reed and Actor Paul Rudd
Quality of Transfer: 100%