Sigh. Another comic-book movie

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Ant-Man Di­rec­tor: Pey­ton Reed Star­ring: Paul Rudd, Michael Dou­glas

Ant-Man is Marvel’s latest su­per­hero re­lease and I’m pos­si­bly the wrong per­son to re­view this movie. I seem to be one of those rare view­ers who is not thrilled with the way our cine­mas are be­ing sat­u­rated with comic-book adap­ta­tions. I mourn the loss of orig­i­nal screen­plays and fresh, new sto­ries. It seems like we have to plod through the third Iron Man, the 12th Spiderman, the fifth Cap­tain Amer­ica al­most ev­ery week.

And then there are trav­es­ties that should never even have been made, in­clud­ing Green Lan­tern and the last Su­per­man movie, Man of Steel.

Any­way, Ant-Man is about Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who comes across a suit that not only al­lows him to turn into the size of an ant, but to con­trol ants with his mind.

If the premise sounds stupid, that’s be­cause it is. But Ant-Man has one sav­ing grace: it never takes it­self too se­ri­ously. The mak­ers of this film know it’s a ridicu­lous con­cept and they’re run­ning with it.

Rudd rides around on houseflies, gets washed away by bath­wa­ter, slides through elec­tric­ity ca­bles and fights on top of toy trains. As the cliché goes, it will have kids scream­ing with laugh­ter and is fun for the whole fam­ily.

Ob­serve me melt into a grey pud­dle of con­tempt while I write that sen­tence.

Hav­ing a zany con­cept and some cool ef­fects is not my idea of cap­ti­vat­ing cin­ema. It’s all so for­mu­laic, so in­ten­tional, so trans­par­ently fo­cused on a spe­cific au­di­ence to milk a spe­cific dol­lar. Kids will like this movie. Comic­book fans, you will like this movie.

But who am I? US crit­ics have been rav­ing about Ant-Man, with it get­ting a 79% fresh rat­ing on Rot­ten Toma­toes.


ANTS IN HIS PANTS If the premise of Ant-Man sounds

silly, that’s be­cause it’s sup­posed to be

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