Ant-Man and the Wasp is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics characters Scott Lang / Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne / Wasp and it is the sequel to 2015's Ant-Man (review here), and the twentieth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Peyton Reed and written by the writing teams of Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari. It stars Rudd as Lang and Evangeline Lilly as Van Dyne, alongside Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip "T.I." Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.
The Story/The Direction:
This film follows the titular pair as they work with Hank Pym (Douglas) to retrieve his long-lost wife, Janet van Dyne (Pfeiffer) from the quantum realm. In their journey, they have work with Pym's prior partner Bill Foster (Fishburne) to fight off a mysterious Ghost (John-Kamen) and weapons Sunny Burch (Goggins) while also hiding Lang from FBI agent, Jimmy Woo (Park). This film works fairly well thanks to Reed's return to helm the direction of this fairly grounded film. This film is entertaining, comical, and the CGI looks great in this light-hearted story that gets the viewers from A to Z, which is refreshing given the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War.
Rudd and Lilly are the highlights of the film and are as charismatic as any other lead superheroes in the MCU. The rest of the cast is also fairly good in their roles and are just as enjoyable as they were in the previous film. However, this is where the film gets most of its charm from, its characters. They are gripping enough for the entirety of the film that the flaws can be slightly overlooked.
The reason why people did not like the first film a lot is because it was a fairly standard origin story. While they were able to do that story quite effectively, this film is not much different. Its a fairly standard sequel as all that the film does is continue the story. There's not really an explanation given to a lot of things that happen in the plot. Viewers are meant to only "just accept" them and move on. This may work in the source material but it is not a great storytelling technique. There is also fairly little connection between these items that also not explained well and make the film fairly forgettable especially when it comes to the film's main villain. In addition, Scott's character is very much pushed to the side and he apparently does not have the smarts that he had in the previous film.
Due to the charismatic cast, this film is definitely an enjoyable time and continues Marvel's good streak when it comes to film. However, this film's villain is definitely near the bottom when compared to other films in the franchise. It is worth viewing to understand the overall MCU but only see this good and enjoyable film at a matinee.
Rating: 3.5/5.0 bowties
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