2015, Walt Disney Studios

As a piece of filmmaking, Ant-Man actually works pretty well, mostly because it doesn't take itself too seriously, as so many superhero films do. It's not necessarily an outright comedy, but it has light comic touches that don't distract from the story it tells, creating an enjoyable balance. Paul Rudd has a disarming charm that's not too goofy, and Michael Douglas manages a subtle self-parody, giving his throw-away role much-needed substance. Technically speaking, the film is relatively lean (in contrast to many bloated CGI extravaganzas) and well-structured, with a consistently breezy pace, decent performances, and top-drawer special effects, as one would come to expect from a modern big-studio production. Overall, it's more satisfying than I'd expected given its absurd premise.






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