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James Gunn's Ant-Man review: He loved it

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Zade Rosenthal

Critics are embargoed from sharing their thoughts on Ant-Man until July 8, but the same can’t be said for Marvel filmmakers. Following the world premiere of Ant-Man on Monday night, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn wrote a rave of the film on his Facebook page.

Ant-Man may just be my favorite Marvel film since Jon Favreau’s Iron Man (well, maybe excluding one film to which I’m partial),” Gunn wrote. “Honestly, the movie is a complete blast! I was so happy after seeing it. It’s never boring for a second and it’s hilarious and warm throughout. It doesn’t get caught up in the webbing of its own science-fiction concept like so many movies do these days, remaining simple and elegant. It’s a part of the Marvel universe without being ruled by that fact. Paul Rudd is nuanced and charming and funny and is a surprisingly natural fit as a modern superhero (side-fact — Paul must be a nice guy, because he and I dated the same girl in college, and yet I still love him). Michael Peña KILLS IT — this movie is going to make him a huge star. My old pal Judy Greer (she was Deadly Girl to my Minute Man in The Specials many moons ago) is great in a small role. And Michael Douglas is awesome.”

Gunn went on to praise director Peyton Reed for doing “an incredible job” with the film, and also called attention to former Ant-Man director Edgar Wright for his contributions.

“His spirit is felt through the entire project, and there is no doubt everyone owes him a huge debt of gratitude,” Gunn wrote of Wright. “I left the theater incredibly happy. So often I see movies by people I love which are just okay — it’s great to love a movie as much as I love the people who made it.”

Gunn has had a busy week. On Monday, he revealed the title of the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and teased that the new film would be “more emotional” than its predecessor.

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