Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd, makes for easily one of the most accessible and grounded heroes in movies today, and while he's no everyman, he makes for a relatable and sympathetic character, and the chemistry he has with all the other actors and characters just furthers his likability. Michael Douglas made for an excellent Hank Pym, and served as a great mentor figure while paying homage to his comic book origins and his relationship with Rudd and his daughter Hope, played by Evangeline Lilly. Hope herself is given a little more screen time and development than is traditional with the MCU female characters, and with the films first post credits teaser, we hopefully will be seeing more of Hope/Wasp in the future films, as during Ant-Man she gets relegated to being a pretty face that needs to be protected. The slowest part of the film is the training sequence though, which felt as though a couple of minutes could have been trimmed off, it was not overly long, or enough of a slow point to bring the film down. The supporting cast deserve some praise too, especially Michael Peña's Luis who nearly stole the show not once, but twice, as well as his interactions with T.I.'s Dave. We also got a great treat from the short fight sequence between Ant-Man and Falcon, which felt more gratuitous than obligatory. Ant-Man succeeds partly because of it's strong cast and great writing, particularly with the dialog, but suffers in plot, with villains getting little to no development or depth. Corey Stoll does a great job as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket, but only insomuch as being a quasi-self aware villain and Martin Donvan's Mitchell Carson feels more like a check-boxed villain as a tie in to the greater MCU, as a remnant of Hydra's S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
Ultimately, Ant-Man is a great laugh-out-loud film for fans of either the comics or the Marvel Cinematic Universe at large. While the plot itself wasn't the greatest, it has a fun "heist" feel to it, does well to establish important characters for future films, and served as a good close to Phase Two of the Marvel films. If you still haven't seen this film, it is one of the few that I would say benefits from being seen on a big screen, and would readily recommend seeing it in IMAX 3D, though any theater that offers a good big screen and sound system would do just as well if 3D isn't your thing. While it doesn't hold up well as a movie, especially in retrospect, and the plot and villains are a little flat, the overall performances and fun factor make this a movie well worth seeing.
Final Score: 8/10