Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas

Directed by: Peyton Reed

Two years after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang finds himself coming to the end of his house arrest sentence when he’s confronted by old associates Hope Van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission which forces Scott to suit up once more.

Three years after the very successful and very enjoyable Ant-Man comes the sequel that I’ve been waiting for for some time now, Ant-Man and the Wasp. My wife and I took a second trip to the cinema in two days to make sure we caught this movie before it was too late and no longer in the cinema. Marvel has been able to consistently produce great entertaining movies and I was extremely confident that this sequel was going to follow that trend.

Initially when I saw Paul Rudd being cast in a superhero movie I was a little unsure whether he was able to pull it off but he was brilliant in the first movie and once again was brilliant in this movie. Much of the comedy flows through him and his delivery and chemistry he shares with the rest of the cast only boosts the movie’s quality. Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas both return as Hope Van Dyne and Hank Pym respectively but this movie now focuses more on Hope’s mother who was absent in the first movie. She has been lost in the quantum realm for 30 years and it’s only now that they have the technology and the window to go and retrieve her but need the help of Scott Lang to pull it off. Janet Van Dyne was played by Michelle Pfeiffer who is no stranger to appearing in a superhero movie and while she only has a small role here I thought she did very well in it and was a great addition to the cast.

There were also plenty of new cast members that had joined since the first movie which included; Laurence Fishburne, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen and best of all Randall Park. All these new additions were great in their own way as each played pivotal members of the new plot. Randall Park was outstanding as he played FBI agent Jimmy Woo and his comedy back and forth with Paul Rudd was a real treat to watch. Despite all the new additions to the cast the best character was Scott Lang’s best friend and business partner Luis, played by Michael Pena. Pena has been so great over his career at being a standout performer but usually finds himself in supporting roles and he very rarely gets given the chance to lead and I would love to see more people give him the chance to carry a movie as I think he’s more than capable.

The CGI and visuals were great as you’d expect from a Marvel release which has a massive budget. I really enjoyed the ability to change sizes without any given notice and thought having the hot wheels box as choice of car and the secret building being shrinkable into a luggage sized box were both great ideas and executed very well. The only one problem I had with this movie was that there was no clear villain for Ant-Man and the Wasp to battle against. While Ava/Ghost was an almighty foe to Scott Lang and Hope, she didn’t really have villainous tendencies as she just needed Dr. Pym’s lab in order to heel her suffering, she was very relatable as it was easy to empathise with her but she was wrongly portrayed as a villain in my opinion. Then you also had Walton Goggins playing Sonny Burch who was a black market dealer but he didn’t feature in the movie enough to be the real threat of the title characters. Just a lack of indication on where the movie was supposed to be heading let this movie down slightly as I’m a firm believer of the hero vs. villain formula and this movie didn’t really buck the trend.

Overall, Ant-Man and the Wasp was a great follow up to the first movie and although it did have some flaws it was another entertaining and funny movie to add to Marvel’s large list of winners. I also liked the first end credit scene which sets up the continuation of the Ant-Man story.

8/10

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