Ant-Man and The Wasp is a sequel that hits you with touches of laughs, heart and cool action scenes. It definitely packs a sting, but the jabs never knocked me off my feet because there is not much behind it.
Ant-Man and The Wasp is about Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) trying to go on the straight & narrow after being arrested in Civil War. Lang has been under house arrest for two years and has three days left, but Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) needs his help unlocking the Quantum Realm and prevent that power from falling into the wrong hands.
The original Ant-Man had a story to tell. It had a sense of direction and quirky comedy that worked when it shouldn’t have. This sequel has flashes of what made the original good, only to be covered by a plot that floats along.
Ant-Man and The Wasp Dips And Soars
It takes awhile for the movie to kick in and find its groove. A lot of the laughs in the first-third were just “heh“. Watching that part of the film felt like this as I sat watching things not click at all.
The first Ant-Man featured a lot of its DNA from Edgar Wright before exiting the project. It had a lot of nuances that made this smaller hero’s tale endearing. While director Peyton Reed returns, so much more didn’t make the trip to 2018.
Ant-Man and The Wasp pushes itself as a comedy first and things like the story is an afterthought. The problem is that the writing isn’t too sharp, so when its supposed to be carrying the film it buckles harder than guys that skip leg day.
When the main dish of comedy is hot & cold, I’m going to need a word with the chef. Luckily, Paul Rudd is at the door of the kitchen and is so charming and funny I forgot what I got up for. He works great with a lot of the cast and does wonders in making so-so dialogue work.
The pace picks up when the gang encounters their first obstacle. To the movie’s credit, it does find its groove halfway through with the comedy. Once all the pieces are in motion Ant-Man and The Wasp goes on a roll that doesn’t stop until the credits.
Plenty of Characters To Go Around
The chemistry between the Wasp and Ant-Man is barely here, we are just told later on there is a lot of it. The film never invests time in it, you just have to believe it’s there like the worlds smallest violin. I know our heroes are small but I shouldn’t need a microscope to see their love.
Ant-Man and his daughter Cassie have an adorable relationship that would make the hardest prisoner blush. If I didn’t look on IMBD, I would have believed that is his real daughter with how they interact.
Luis (Micheal Pena) is again the breakout character of this film and every line he said had me dying. Luis should make an audiobook retelling all the Marvel stories in the epic way only he can. TI is also back as practically himself. The grandmaster of hat bending adds flavor to every scene he is in.
Ghost is the main baddie with very cool powers to phase in and out reality. The powerset adds for plenty of “woah” moments in fights and anything beyond that is where they are wasted.
The character and their crew have a backstory that would have benefitted Ant-Man to be fleshed out. A tender moment near the end showed a glimpse of something more interesting.
The film is not about Ghost, it’s not really even about Scott Lang, it’s about The Wasp and rapid-fire jokes. Not every antagonist needs to be fleshed out but man this is a smidge above cameo status.
Big Fights and Even Bigger Visuals
The action here is a step up from the original, party due to Wasp and her badass combat skills. The mix of using her shrinking powers, environment, and martial arts makes for highly entertaining scenes.
Music does a very good job of heightening scenes with nothing too memorable or catchy. Nonetheless, it evokes that feeling of seeing superheroes on Saturday morning cartoons.
For those wondering, this movie does tie into Infinity War. There is new potential for how the Thanos problem can be solved and will provide new theories for fans to argue on ’til next year.
Like It or Leave It
Overall, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a light-hearted adventure with some good laughs, creative action and likable characters. A slow start and so-so plot doesn’t stop this from being worth a look for fans of the first film.
I can’t find a reason for this existing other than a palate cleanser from the heart-breaking Infinity War. Marvel can make a good movie with their eyes closed, doesn’t mean they should. This would make for a good watch at home, it’s up to you if you want to make the trip to the theatre.
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