Marvel brings a brand new Avenger to the big screen with the sci-fi, action film Ant-Man. Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is a brilliant scientist who invented a helmet that can shrink anybody to the size of an ant. He is looking for help to stop an evil scientist – his ex-assistant Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) – from selling his own insect-shrinking suit he invented to a bunch of criminals. He enlists the help of a man just released from prison for burglary named Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to steal Cross’s invention. (I guess choosing a thief to steal something makes sense.) Scott hasn’t been able to hold down a job even with the help of his friend and ex-cell mate Luis (Michael Penia) so he agrees to help Pym. With the assistance of Pym’s daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly), mind controlled ants, and the amazing shrinkable helmet, Scott aka Ant-Man, prepares for burglary of the century. He breaks into the building owned by Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket, to keep the suit from falling into the wrong hands. (It already sounds like it’s in the wrong hands.) This comic book super hero film has everything – action, drama, and lots of humor. The performances are fantastic and Michael Pena who has one of the smallest roles steals every scene. Also, watch for a cameo by one of the Avengers. Edgar Wright, who was going to direct this film until creative differences became too much to handle, had been working on an Ant-Man story for about 10 years. One of the creative differences was that he wanted to have an ant have some sort of power to make him man size instead of the other way around. (That sounds kind of weird and might have worked in the Twilight Zone.) This film is enjoyable and even though I really liked it I don’t see myself running back out to see it next week. (Yes, even if I could drive.) If you are a Marvel comic fan make sure you stay and watch it to the very end for a post credit scene. This may be the best family-friendly super hero film ever made and I’m giving it a B+ rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA