12-year-old Pelle is bitten by an ant and develops superpowers. Aided by comic book nerd Wilhelm, Pelle creates a secret identity as superhero Antboy. When a super villain The Flea enters the scene, Antboy must step up to the challenge.
Amalie Kruse Jensen,
Samuel Ting Graf
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So Pelle keeps getting older and now public school is over. He is enjoying summer and everything seems peaceful with low criminal rates in his town of Middellund. He has done his job well and is about to be honored with a big statue of himself.
He has decided to start school in another town after summer to his friend, Wilhelms big disappointment.
His alter ego, the superhero Antboy, has almost retired but suddenly an old enemy, the Flea, is released from prison. Antboy, as well as the Citizens of Middellund, is afraid, and almost certain, that the town again will suffer under his Reign. He has a curriculum vitae as a child kidnapper and earlier nothing would stand in his way to bring Antboy down....
Antboy is called out to deal with three burglars but as the action is about to start a new superhero enters the scene, much to Antboys dismay and takes over in a very impressing way. Antboys position as the towns big and only savior has now been challenged and jealousy is starting to get hold of our hero. The new superhero is on every citizens lips and Antboy (maybe because of his jealousy) is very suspicious of him.
The story develops, not so straightforward as you might fear, but of course disclosure finally settles in as the camera leaves our protagonists joyfully.
The force of the movie is its humour, as our hero in many ways resembles an anti hero. Not only as Pelle, but as much when he emerges as Antboy. Small, with a weird suit on and no sign of even the smallest muscle he saves Middellund. A couple of scenes was well told but humour could have been added with much more flavor. The special effects cannot challenge those of other similar movies and therefore the formula should have been more creative.
I don't expect a movie like this to give a proper an nuanced description of a given milieu in which it takes place but having said that, it could have spiced things up a little if the whole story didn't take place between big villas in an upper class neighborhood.
I went in with my two daughters, age 9 and 11. My oldest almost gave up after half an hour but I succeeded in challenging how to predict the story. My youngest daughter was engulfed and enjoyed the slapstick scenes.
On a rainy winter day it served its purpose.
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