No other Marvel installment has felt as weighed down by its obligations to the franchise.
[Ants are] pests, and that's just a weird place to start for a superhero, especially if he never strays too far from his origins.
J. R. Jones
At long last Marvel Studios offers up a superhero smaller than its artistic ambitions.
The overwhelming, self-serious sense that we are watching something Very Important blissfully doesn't exist in Ant-Man. It's just plain fun: light, breezy, simple and enjoyable.
What, if anything, holds "Ant-Man" together? First, Paul Rudd, who is laughably unheroic, and has the grace to know as much ...
It's difficult to shake the sense that the film was assembled hurriedly and somewhat haphazardly. Which, from all available evidence, is exactly what happened.
This is the sort of movie where you see the effort and say, Thank god.
In its medium-stupid and mismanaged fashion it's not so awful.
Ant-Man isn't much more than pleasant (Peyton Reed directs limply), but anything Marvel that doesn't feel Marvel-ish makes me smile.