Ant-Man: Family-Friendly Heist Film with Some Solid Laughs

Plot Summary:
Henry Pym, genius inventor of a size-shifting suit that enables the wearer to control ants, needs a thief to pull off a world-saving heist of epic proportions. In order to do so, he enlists the help of a recently released ex-con (Paul Rudd) who is hoping to turn his life around.
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Why It Makes My List:
I had limited expectations going into the theater and Ant-Man exceeded them. While not a home-run on the first viewing, the more times I watch it, the more I enjoy it!  While it still feels like a Marvel film, it has a distinctly different tone. Whereas The Avengers conflicts are of global consequencethis is much more of a 'save the neighborhood' kind of film, which I found refreshing.

It has a lighter tone with several 'laugh out loud' moments and Paul Rudd's normal guy in an extraordinary situation approach comes off quite well.  If you liked the heist/romance elements of The Italian Job and the more light-hearted, Marvel flavor of Guardians of the Galaxy, you'll probably like this film. 

Other Reasons to Watch:
  1. Good One for Kids: This film could easily be a fit for younger kids as the language is limited, the violence is not graphic, and even the most perilous scenes are only mildly dramatic. Marvel has made a wise move in crafting Ant-Man as one of, if not their most, family-friendly films to date - which should increase the probability of entire families going to see it together.
  2. Female Presence: Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) does a great job with her character and deftly brings a nice female element to this heavily male film and Marvel universe.
  3. Mid-/After-Credit Scenes: I enjoyed that both the mid- and after-credit scenes were significant and worth the wait - unlike some of the time-wasting scenes of other Marvel films (i.e. end of The Avengers).
Reason to Pass:
    1. Dull Villain: Like many superhero films, Ant-Man suffers from an incredibly dull villain whose presence in the film is neither engaging nor intimidating.
    2. Humor: As mentioned previously, most of the jokes work, but there aren't near as many laughs as Guardians of the Galaxy or The Avengers: Age of Ultron. There is less witty dialogue and more silly, circumstantial humor that relies heavily on comedic timing.
    While Ant-Man is well out of theaters, you can check it out here. Or, if you're interested, Ant-Man and the Wasp is currently on Netflix and Avengers: Endgame is in theaters. 
    As always, I recommend checking out the IMDB.com Parents Guide just so that you are aware of any potentially objectionable material before deciding whether to watch it.