Sometimes size really does matter – Avengers chronological re-watch, film #13
Stars: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly
Director: Peyton Reed
Synopsis: Fresh out of jail and trying to make things right in order to gain visitation rights with his young daughter, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) plans to pull one last burglary job for some money to get his life into order. Unbeknownst to him, the millionaire he is stealing from is Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) who’s safe doesn’t in fact contain gold and riches like everyone thought, instead it contains a suit and mask. Curiosity naturally gets the better of Scott and he proceeds to put the suit on, figures out it’s shrinking powers and ultimately get caught up in Hank’s plans to help save the world from his evil successor who is trying to replicate the suits power for not so good intentions.
Opinion: I don’t know what it is about this movie that makes me not like it. I mean honestly, it’s a reasonable storyline, strong cast, Edgar Wright wrote (lol) it and there is fun action where action is needed. And yet, my favourite part in the whole film is when a toy Thomas the Tank Engine is accidentally enlarged and goes through the ceiling and it just looks so hilariously funny. Other than that, I found myself just going through the motions of letting a film and story entertain me enough that I didn’t feel the urge to turn it off but wishing so badly I enjoyed it more. I’m a huge Paul Rudd fan too dammit, and he’s genuinely good in the roll but I just can’t seem to connect with the character. So, opinions will be shoved aside a little for this because the film, while totally silly with a shrinking or enlarging power and ants as the army, is consistent in quality and execution and the action scenes are different and interesting with the various sizing changes throughout. With a humorous script and fun comedic side characters, it’s a watch that sits somewhere directly in the middle of a more serious Avengers and a comedic Guardians. Oh wait, opinion time again, not a huge fan of the ending either and with no specific spoilers I just thought it was way too convenient and unrealistic considering other aspects of the whole story arc that referenced why it shouldn’t have happened. Anyway, for people that do enjoy it, I tip my hat to you because I really wish I did…..and yes my rating will be based on the movie as a whole with only a little bit of my overall like/dislike of it.
Fun Facts: Just a small Stan Lee cameo this time, quite far into the film actually. There is also one Avengers cast member appearance to of course directly link this to the other films and finally 2 end credit scenes with one early on relating to this film and another right at the end relating to another future film.