After the events of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ – Scott Lang is paying a three year sentence for his involvement with Captain America. But events bring him back into the world of being a superhero as Hope and her father Dr. Hank Pym discover an enemy emerging from the quantum realm. Ant-Man and the Wasp must team up to battle the new foe as they discover secrets within Hank’s past which now pose as a threat to a vital rescue mission.
For those who were wondering why Ant-Man was nowhere to be seen in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, it’s because ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ takes place during the ‘Infinity War’ events and explains the reason for Ant-Man’s absence.
The first ‘Ant-Man’ film was a great watch, a fantastically written Sci-Fi heist film, I loved every moment of it, so when I heard about ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’, I was on the edge of my seat with excitement – my expectations were high! And when I came out of the cinema, I was not disappointed. The film is a lot of fun, it has a great sense of pace and energy which kept me engaged from beginning to end.
But that’s not to say this film is squeaky-clean. I do feel that the writers could’ve gone a lot further in some areas.
The writing for the most part of the film is solid. It does exactly what I love about Marvel films and that’s creating a world of rich characters whilst balancing them with some great comedy.
This is definitely a funny film, and one of the funniest, though I still place ‘Thor: Ragnorok’ as THE funniest of the MCU.
The script does well to continue with the returning characters from the previous ‘Ant-Man’ film, giving them great dialogue and wonderful moments to shine, but there isn’t a lot in terms of character growth. And in terms of the actual plot, there isn’t much theme to it, I can’t actually think of any themes laid out in the film.
As it stands, it’s mainly just a good group of main characters on a personal mission using some amazing technology, which isn’t really a bad thing, but it kind of left me wanting more of an in-depth storyline for the characters and the powerful suits they’ve created.
Also, without giving anything away, the story lacked consequence for the characters and their mission. I felt they could’ve pushed the ending into darker territory, even after all the fun we’ve had.
I just felt that I wanted something at the end to bite the audience’s heart to add more weight to the script.
CHARACTERS & ACTING
The main characters are well written and the performances are great.
Paul Rudd shines as Scott Lang (Ant-Man), he’s just a joy to watch and he nails the delivery of the comedy. Evangeline Lilly is incredible as Hope (Wasp) and she gets some wonderful moments of drama and portrays the little moments of heartbreak of what her character has been through beautifully. However those moments, as I said, are little, so I wished they were a bit longer. In terms of other characters / actors, they’re solid for the most part.
Michael Douglas is great as ever as Dr. Hank Pym, but again I wanted a bit more of the emotional moments from the character.
Michael Pena makes a welcome return as Scott’s former cellmate Luis, and boy he had me laughing hard in one moment.
Hannah John-Kamen gives a solid performance as the Ghost. As a villain her powers were great and a match for Ant-Man and the Wasp, but the character I felt was a bit weak and I didn’t really feel much for her.
Walton Goggins has also joined the cast as another villain, but I didn’t really see any point in his involvement. Walton does well with the role, but his character just becomes an obstacle for our main protagonists whilst they’re trying to fight the main villain.
And actress Michelle Pfeiffer is good in her role, but wasted thanks to the short time the script gives her. Bit of a shame.
ANIMATION / VISUALS:
The direction is fantastic, there are some stunning sequences displayed within the film, the cinematography is gold, and the CGI is marvellous.
The special effects with the shrinking devices Ant-Man uses play really well in terms of the action, the story and the comedy.
There is a brilliant fight sequence near the beginning between the Wasp and a group of thugs which involves stunning choreography, camera angles and moments of slow motion. We also have a great car chase sequence which kept me on the edge in some moments and laughing out loud the next.
And the direction and CGI also play a part in the comedy, and there is one moment with a small Scott Land that had me in stitches.
‘ANT-MAN and the WASP’ is a really good film, it’s a lot of fun, but compared to other Marvel films it’s not the best or the greatest, mainly because of the lack of themes and deep character growth within the script.
However our main protagonists are written well, the actors run with what they’re given and do the best they can and as a result they do a pretty good job.
And the film looks beautiful, the style in the direction is really inventive and clever and it is something I will remember for a long time.
Also, make sure you stay till the end of the credits for a glimpse of what’s to come in later Marvel films.
‘ANT-MAN and the WASP’ results = 8/10
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