Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
Budget: Estimated to be $130 million
This movie is harder to review while avoiding spoilers, but I’ll do my best. Ant-Man has a tough job since the character is such an obscure hero and has the unfortunate position of following just months after Avengers: Age of Ultron. It really showed in their approximately $57 million (US only) haul for opening weekend, making it to the lowest since The Incredible Hulk (2008) and by far the lowest in phase two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m sure people will be quick to chalk this up to audiences being superhero weary or some such crap, but here’s a CommBro Breaker right in the damn middle of the post (because that’s the spirit of a combo breaker):
Ant-Man was the highest grossing movie of the weekend. It was $8 million above the Minions movie and $17 million above Trainwreck. You can spin this whichever way you want with statistics.
NOW TIME TO ACTUALLY REVIEW THE MOVIE:
I’ll admit it, the beginning was kind of slow. The whole origin story deal had to be set up, so things took a while. Once it was, though, it was definitely worth it. This film was made to feel like a heist movie and employs an interesting narrative strategy with one of the characters. Unlike Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the tone was much lighter and humorous. Kind of like Guardians of the Galaxy. However, that made the corny father-daughter issue moments a little more of an uncomfortable fit…like if you showed up to class while joking with friends and find the teacher crying.
Anyway, it’s got a lot of what you expect: cameos, easter eggs, after credit scenes, quips, and action. You know, typical Marvel stuff. They utilize Ant-Man’s powers well for comedy and cool scenes. I would watch it again…but maybe after fast forwarding to the middle.