July 13, 2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp (Movie Review)
If you are one of those people that have gone to see one of Marvel’s best franchise films Avengers: Infinity War, it was easy to see that Ant-Man had nowhere to really go after the events of such a big film plot-wise. With the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp on Friday, July 6, 2018, most were likely excited to see the return of Ant-Man without having to go to such a packed theater during opening week like that of Infinity War. If Marvel fans are not super fans of Ant-Man or the 2015 film, then maybe Ant-Man and the Wasp will not be much of a crowd-pleaser; but if there are Marvel fans that are big fans of the Ant-Man franchise, then they are bound to have a really exciting experience when going to see this film.
The bottom line, directed by Peyton Reed (Yes Man 2008, Ant-Man 2015), Ant-Man and the Wasp is better than Ant-Man as it does a fantastic job, continuity wise, in giving more depth to the characters, and also solidifying itself as a valid film piece in the Marvel timeline before Infinity War. Here, we discover that Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer: One Fine Day 1996, Where Is Kyra? 2018) might be alive in the Quantum Realm, as Hank (Michael Douglas: Wall Street 1987, Basic Instinct 1992) and Hope (Evangeline Lilly: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013, Ant-Man 2015) have been working tirelessly to get there and get her back. Scott (Paul Rudd: I Love You, Man 2009, Ant-Man 2015) also eventually joins to help them get her back from the realm.
Additionally, there are quite a few other characters – such as the villain Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen: Black Mirror series, Ready Player One 2018) – that the film does a great job in meshing together. As a result, the film is fantastic in terms of pacing and energy throughout. Clearly, there are a lot of aspects of Ant-Man and the Wasp that work extremely well, including the comedic elements; even if Ant-Man is lacking for fans, the humor alone here is enough to watch and enjoy the film.
Though the humor is certainly one of the main staples of this flick that will bring some to tears with laughter, the use of shrinking technology is another enjoyable aspect of the offering; it shows that Marvel really took their time and care with the overall production. From a visual and dialogue standpoint, Ant-Man and the Wasp definitely achieves high points and is, therefore, a must see this summer.
Furthermore, the characters here are highly likeable, as always. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly play so well off of each other that it almost seems as if they were meant to play these roles side-by-side. Similarly, Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Douglas play their roles very well throughout their allotted screen-time. However, the true stand-out here is Hannah John-Kamen, who plays Ava (or Ghost). She starts out as a character that doesn’t seem to be too important in the beginning but ends up being the meat that holds the story together with her backstory and strong acting presence.
Overall, it can be a little hard to describe Ant-Man and the Wasp without delving too far into the plot and, inadvertently, giving it away the entire tale. However, if you are a hardcore Marvel fan, this is a must see! Besides being a superhero Comedy, if you remove the superhero context, the film is simply a great Comedy that everyone will enjoy despite the great Action and Marvel aspects. Writing and dialogue are well done, and never feel awkward or out-of-place throughout the entire visual experience of the film. While there are some points where the humor does not necessarily fit its positioning – during emotional or dramatic points – this does not destroy the or throw off the main goal of the movie. Despite these few questionable moments, the film is fantastically done.
Ant-Man and the Wasp certainly does not have any issues fitting into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If Marvel fans are looking for an excuse to take a trip to the movies, this is still a great film to make that excuse for. The sequel for Marvel’s tiniest hero sticks to the successful formula that has always worked for all its films: great characters, plenty of humor, and great ideas that really carry the film from start to finish. The pace and action work very well and makes for an entertaining and fulfilling film experience. As with all the interconnected Marvel films, the ending credits need to be watched to connect the film to the smashing blockbuster hit Avengers: Infinity War. For all of these reasons, CrypticRock give this film a 4.5 out of 5 stars.