Rated PG-13

1 hour 45 minutes

Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, Evangeline Lilly

CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) — It’s just what we needed for a warm summer evening, a comic strip super hero with a sense of humor for a change.

It’s “Ant-Man” coming to the rescue of eccentric scientist Michael Douglas in this charming, slightly quirky science fiction adventure.

“Ant-Man’s” as much fun for the grown-ups as it is for the kids. The predictable plotline has the military again on the look out to profit from a scientific breakthrough. Imagine says Douglas, “a soldier the size of an insect, the ultimate secret weapon”.

Paul Rudd puts serious acting aside for almost 2 hours, playing the incredible shrinking ex-convict.

He’ll save his mentor’s invention from falling into the wrong hands.

“Ant-Man” avoids the pitfalls of becoming heavy and ponderous and taking itself too seriously, as do most of the Marvel comics super spectaculars too heavily dependent on visual effects.

The fine cast play their roles with a light touch.

“Ant-Man” has just the right formula for a delightful superhero fantasy.

“Ant-Man” doesn’t have to hint too hard at preparing us for the sequel, and I can tell you right now, that’s one sequel you won’t mind looking forward to.

“Ant-Man” makes a sizable Impression with 3 stars.

And if we’re really lucky, the “Ant-Man series will avoid being blown out of proportion in the future, like one of those clunky “Avenger” episodes

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