I can’t believe it’s been three years since Ant-Man came out. Perhaps because we saw the character in Captain America: Civil War, it felt like I had just seen him recently. This movie actually takes place following the aftermath of Captain America 3, which explains why Ant-Man isn’t fighting with his fellow Avengers in Infinity War.
The immensely likable Paul Rudd returns as Scott Lang and here he grapples with the consequences of being a superhero and a dad. I love the opening sequence of Scott playing with his adorable daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) at his well-equipped home as he’s in house arrest (due to his involvement with the Avengers). He’s only days away of being a free man when suddenly he’s dragged back into his life as Ant-Man and re-team with Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lily) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas).
I’m not going to mention what the urgent new mission is, but those who saw the first film could probably guess what it is. Speaking of which, Michelle Pfeiffer shows up as a prominent character and she’s always lovely to watch. I wish the film would just focus more on that storyline, instead of overcrowding it with multiple plots. In fact, one of the main plots involving a ghost named Ava (Hannah John-Kamen) who can phase through objects is so boring and the serious tone feels off compared to the rest of the movie. Thankfully, for the most part Peyton Reed succeeded in creating yet another fun-filled Marvel adventure, thanks to the fantastic cast.
I love that this time Ant-Man sort of play second banana to The Wasp in many ways, especially during the action scenes. Hope is such a take-charge woman-with-a-mission character that she’s a natural born leader, while Scott is always one step behind. The dynamic works well and makes for some hilarious moments. Rudd is such comedic gold, even just him doing ordinary things around the house is funny! I truly can’t imagine anyone else in the role (another spot-on casting that Marvel Studios have done, just like Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man). The supporting cast are a hoot just like the original. I gotta say Randall Park as an FBI agent & Lang’s parole officer and Michael Peña (with his mad rapping style) as one of Lang’s bff/business partners are especially hilarious.
The quantum realm ‘science’ of the shrinking and expanding of the characters is never clear to me but what I love is that this movie knows that full well and uses it to its advantage. “So you just put quantum in front of everything?” Scott Lang quipped at one point during the discussion w/ Hank Pym’s former assistant played by Laurence Fishburne (ahah so now we’ve got Samuel L. Jackson‘s arch rival joining Marvel too, awesome!) I think the movie’s low point is the villains, what’s with Walton Goggins playing yet another lame villain after seeing him in the Tomb Raider reboot. He plays a low-level blue-collar criminal who wants to steal Pym’s technology to sell it on the black market. He’s once again outsmarted by a woman here as his character is absolutely idiotic. That said, and even with the plots and subplots piling up, this movie still moves along at a breezy pace with dynamic action scenes. I don’t normally care for 3D but this time I didn’t mind as it actually looks good.
I thoroughly enjoyed all the action scenes, especially the main chase scene through San Francisco, showcasing some of its landmarks. All of the shrinking and expanding scenes are hilarious and a joy to watch, especially when big Ant-Man rides a pick-up truck like a kiddy scooter! Oh and I’ll never be able to stop giggling every time I hear the name Antonio Banderas now 😛
I gotta hand it to Marvel Studio honcho Kevin Feige, under his leadership the Studio really thrives in creating a plethora of movies that have its own individual style yet ties in as a whole to the Avengers’ story. Like Thor: Ragnarok, this movie is mostly a comedy but more family-friendly instead of the more sardonic style of Taika Waititi’s humor.
The Ant-Man may be tiny but this sequel sure is a huge dose of fun! I don’t even mind watching it again on the big screen. Definitely check this out if you enjoyed the first one, but even if you hadn’t seen the original, I think you’d still enjoy it. Oh and Marvel fans, you want to stay for the mid-credit scene 😉
So have you seen Ant-Man and The Wasp? Well, what did you think?
13 thoughts on “FlixChatter Review: Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)”
I saw it yesterday and I had fun watching it. I marked out for the usage of the songs by Morrissey and Luis’ love for Morrissey. I liked the fact that it a light-hearted film in comparison to the previous film of the MCU. I actually liked the ensemble as I actually dug the character of Ghost and her motivations as she wasn’t really a villain but an anti-hero. I love seeing Michelle Pfeiffer in this film as I really hope she comes back.
The only thing that upset me was that post-credit scene as it reminded me of what happened in Infinity War as I wanted to scream “THANOS!” I hope Ant-Man gets them back. Fucking Thanos.
Hey Steven! Yeah Luis is such a hoot, I’m glad they kept the lighthearted tone of the original. I guess I feel that the Ghost character is just boring overall, wish there’s more of Le Pfeiffer.
Ahah yeah, effin’ THANOS indeed!! He’s a formidable villain though.
Let’s just hope there’s more Pfeiffer in the next film and in Infinity War 2. She is a cinematic treasure.
Indeed she is!
Was hoping to watch it with my grandkids but our plans changed. I’ll be renting it! Nice review, Ruth.
Oh I’m sure it’ll be in theatres for a while, Cindy! Are you back from your traveling btw? Sounds like a blast!
Good stuff Ruth. Our reviews land around the same place. Funny how different this is in scale and tone than the last two Marvel pictures.
Hi ya Keith! Yeah it’s amazing the variety of tone and style of each Marvel movie, yet still ties together as a whole in Avengers movies! That’s quite a feat.
I’ll probably see it sometime this week since I really liked the first one. Might see it on the IMAX theater in 3D.
It looks good in 3D, Ted! 🙂
Great review! This was a really delightful film, which was welcomed after how heavy Infinity War was.
Thanks Brittani! Yeah it’s true, glad to see something that’s just all about the fun and cool action. But still it has so much heart!
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