Out of jail and out of his first job for hiding the fact that he has a past as a famous burglar, Scott Lang seems to be out of options to earn his living legally. A friend offers him a place to stay and a stint as the cat burglar he is. (Un)Fortunately, the safe he cracks open doesn't contain riches but a secret suit that can make its wearer a miniature soldier, an Ant-Man.
Smart, inventive, and very funny, Ant-Man gives a playful treatment to the superheroes genre evocative of the first Iron Man movie. There is lots of adventure and fast paced action to satisfy action junkies, and enough destruction (in "small scale") to please the younger crowd. The motivation behind Ant-Man's actions, which is to become the man his daughter sees in him, will appeal to families as well.
Overall, Ant-Man is a better alternative for more discerning movie-goers to a genre that at times seems not to have anything new left to offer, proof that old stories can be presented in a more satisfying package.
Paul Rudd (Scott Lang, Ant-Man), Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym), Evangeline Lilly (Hope, Dr. Pym's daughter), Corey Stoll (Darren Cross, Yellowjacket, Pym's protegé), Michael Peña (Luis, Scott's friend), Anthony Mackie (Falcon Avenger)