Ant-Man Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Ant-Man

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild science-fiction violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    It's a mango fruit blast.

  • Starring:

    Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Abby Ryder Fortson, Michael Peña, David Dastmalchian, T.I., Wood Harris

  • Directed by:

    Peyton Reed

  • Running time:

    117 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are shot, head-slammed, punched, tackled, headlocked, catapulted, pushed, shot at, evaporated, flushed, vacuumed, near-drowned, near-stomped, arrested, kicked, kneed, flipped, stung, zapped, tasered, squished. Characters fall from very high distances, crash into objects. Animal testing. Car, helicopter, train crashes. Tanks, explosions, soldiers, machine-gun fire, missile. Property damage. Break-and-enter, theft. Grand larceny, burglary, robbery, computer hacking mentioned. Yelling, arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: Bloody noses, heads, clothing. Wound-cleaning. Butterfly bandage, arm in sling, bite mark.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing. Tight-fitting outfits, cleavage, shirtless man.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (champagne, beer, wine, spirits). Xanax mentioned. Vial of prescription pills.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words, a-words, sonofabitch. Name-calling. Slang for breasts. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Ant-man, shrinking, enlarging, heroes, father-daughter relationships, surveillance, estranged family, animal testing, safe-cracking, weaponry, sacrifice.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased mothers, relationship breakup, deported parent, plane crash mentioned. Job loss. Prison, tunnel, drainpipe settings. Lambs, dog, spider web, ants (lots of ants), mouse. Throwing up mentioned. Some fast editing and bright light flashes. Mid-credits scene, post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Light, funny, whimsical, enjoyable, scaled-down, diverting, modest, off-the-cuff, big-hearted, genial, delightful, tongue-in-cheek, fun, fizzy, confident, refreshing, breezy, likeable, inventive, zingy, personal. Charming performance from Paul Rudd, pitch-perfect/punchy performance from Evangeline Lilly, scene-stealing performance from Michael Peña, dry/bitter performance from Michael Douglas, playful/adventurous vibe, goofy/combustible climax, brisk humour, invention over scale, nifty editing, inherently silly.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Inoffensive, episodic, conventional. Slow/expository beginning, shopworn tropes, noticeable/distracting elucidation, expository training montages, premeditated exchanges with rest of Marvel universe.

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