If you haven’t seen Marvel’s Ant-Man, it’s time! Be sure to watch this before Ant-Man and the Wasp comes out on July 7. This is part of my Marvel Parent Movie Reviews: know if the newest Marvel Avengers movie is appropriate for your little superhero before you go!
If you haven’t caught up on all the Marvel movies just yet: what are you waiting for! It’s time to get on that!
I’ve also got a preview post talking about Avengers: Infinity War parent movie reviews as well. Is this one going to be kid-friendly? I have thoughts on the probability.
Ant-Man Parent Movie Reviews
Full disclosure on my nerd-limits: I didn’t know a whole lot about this movie. I knew it starred Paul Rudd and that he shrunk to the size of an ant… and that was about it. It was really all I needed to know though.
Because: Paul Rudd.
He’s one of my favorite actors and I hoped that turning him into an action hero wouldn’t affect his dry wit and comedic timing. Thor is funny, so Ant-Man can be too, right?
I was not disappointed. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised that this movie was hilarious!
If you love to laugh, if you love action, and if you love the age-old story of good vs evil, then you will love Ant-Man.
The movie starts with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) leaving prison after a stint for burglary. He’s not a bad guy, exactly: he saw a wrong that needed to be righted and took action. It just happened to be illegal, so, you know, he ends up in prison.
On the outside, he meets his ex-cellmate, Luis (the adorable Micheal Peña), and is clear about one thing: no more crime. He wants to get back into his daughter’s life and knows the only way is by going straight.
After trying his best to make it in the legit world, Scott is broken down and agrees to one last burglary. It doesn’t go as planned.
This decision leads to Scott meeting Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) who help him embrace his inner hero.
By donning a special suit created by Dr. Pym, Scott becomes stronger & faster, despite shrinking to the size of an ant.
Armed with the suit and the help of his crew (including Luis, Dr. Pym, and Hope) he attempts a heist that will save the world.
This movie sparked a lot of laughs from the audience- mostly thanks to Rudd. He absolutely can pull off being an action star and still make you laugh. Yeah- he is just that perfect!
Here’s where my lack of knowledge of the storyline can help YOU prepare for the movie: yes, the movie is called Ant-Man and I assumed it was only referring to the size that Scott shrinks to.
But what I didn’t realize is that he utilizes ants in his schemes. They are his allies and helpers throughout the action sequences.
I mention this in case you are squeamish about insects. There’s a lot of them in the movie.
We watched it in IMAX 3-D which meant they were also large and practically in our laps! It wasn’t terrifying (hey- they are the good guys!) but I felt it was important to share just in case this kind of thing makes you uncomfortable.
Every actor in this movie was delightful. There is not a weak performance to be found.
I especially enjoyed the relationship between Douglas and Lilly as a father and daughter with a troubled past. They have issues that need to be resolved- possibly in a future spinoff!
As a fan of the Marvel Avengers franchise, I was thrilled to see a few familiar faces (and some hilarious one-liners) that fellow fans will appreciate. As always- stay through to the end of the credits!
Oh- and watch for Stan Lee’s cameo at the end. It was stupid funny. (You’ll get it after you watch the movie).
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave, Wood Harris as Gale, Judy Greer as Maggie, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.
Marvels Ant-Man Parent Movie Reviews
My children are 15, 12, 11 and 6. Here are my recommendations for each age based on my children’s maturity levels.
Teen/Tweens Should be good to go. Unless they are highly sensitive, children in this age range will be able to follow the story and enjoy it. There is fighting and violence because it’s an action movie. I plan on taking my three older children to this movie.
8 to 10-years old Depends greatly on the maturity level. If they have seen and understood the previous Marvel movies, these superhero lovers probably going to be fine.
If your child of this age is highly sensitive, you may want to avoid the movie or screen it ahead of time. Think ants- BIG ones.
And I’d possibly avoid 3-D movies at this age, however. It can make the whole experience a bit more intense! My screening was an IMAX 3-D experience, so, yes… intense!
7 and Under I say, “proceed with caution” in this age range. I’d mostly say don’t do it, but there are exceptions of course. Most likely it’s not appropriate for your kid, I mean, it’s got a PG-13 rating for a reason.
It is rated PG-13 due to violence and adult themes so a child who only watches Thomas the Tank Engine is probably not ready for this one. Even though Thomas the Tank Engine is actually IN this movie!
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Images courtesy Walt Disney Studios. Used with permission.
Media tickets to an advanced screening were provided in exchange for an honest review.
Patty Holliday is a movie critic, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews.