There is a special spot reserved in my heart for Heist and in extension Grifter movies. I’m not sure why this is, but people breaking in to places with skill and gumption fills me with a warm and fuzzy excitement (Even if it is done in a rather silly way, as with the Olsenbande).
So… Ant Man. This is a Heist movie thinly disguised as a superhero action flick.
As a superhero action flick, it works nicely. Of course there are is the mandatory climactic battle scene, and it is a good one. But in the end, there are really only two „battle scenes“ — the obligatory superheroes-meet-for-the-first-time one, and the big fight with the villain.
But, for a superhero flick, all that is a surprisingly small amount of fighting. Instead we get (apart from chase scenes) quite a few scenes that highlight Scott Langs skills as a burglar. And the staple of any heist movie: Training Montages (seriously, about half the „action scenes“ we see is how Scott learns how to wear the Ant Man suit, how to run with his new miniscule allies, etc.) and Caper Planning. The inclusion of Scotts wannabe partners in crime is not just used as a source of comic relief but also helps establishing the „Heist“ aspect of the movie even firmer.
And as a Heist/Caper movie, Ant Man really delivers. You have the planning, the training, the near-flawless execution, good music, the easy talk among the team, the surprising things that go wrong, a reveal from the villain, all the little bits that make this sort of movie fun.
If you haven’t seen it, check out your local theatres right now!