Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp!
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Michelle Pfeiffer
Directed By: Peyton Reed
After the events of Infinity War, it might seem a little strange for Marvel Studio’s next release to be Ant-Man and the Wasp. But it worked for the previous Ant-Man movie, which was released after Age of Ultron, and guess what? It works again here. Building off of the charm of the original film, while also adding some much needed female super heroics, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun, if a little inessential, entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Picking up two years after the events of Captain America: Civil War (aka the last time we saw Scott Lang), Ant-Man and The Wasp finds Scott (Paul Rudd, just as charming as ever) on house arrest for his role in helping Captain America. While his deal allows him to remain in touch with his family, it also means that he hasn’t been in contact with Hank Pym (Michael Douglass), or Pym’s daughter, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lily). But when Scott’s dreams of the Quantum Realm from the previous film offer hints of finding the missing Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), Pym and his daughter reach out to Scott in hopes of finding Janet.
Much of the heart of Ant-Man and the Wasp centers around the search for Janet, and when the movie is focused on that, it really clicks. While Scott doesn’t have that much of a connection with Ms. Van Dyne, you buy into his willingness to help Hank and Hope not only because he owes them for causing them to go on the run, but because he does feel at ease with the two of them. It also helps that Rudd has a gift for being at ease in any movie he’s cast in, and his Scott Lang is still a lot of fun to watch, with a goofy everyman charm that makes him instantly like-able.
But this isn’t just Ant-Man’s movie. Oh no, you may have noticed that the title of this new film includes the words “The Wasp”, and let me say, it was worth the wait to see Evangeline Lily suit up. While she has fewer action scenes than I was hoping for, Lily is more than game to kick ass and take names in this film, and it’s really cool watching her use Pym’s technology in a more capable and fun way than even Scott Lang can. More so than the first movie, Lily shines now that she’s gotten the chance to put on her own suit, and she brings a lot more to the role than just being the “first Marvel female superhero in the title of a movie”. She gives it a lot of heart as well, especially when she’s thinking back to her memories with her mom.
After Kilmonger and Thanos, Ghost needed to make a pretty big impression to stand up to the current slate of Marvel films, and unfortunately she’s not quite able to. That’s not to say that Hannah John-Kamen’s performance is bad (it’s actually really good), there’s just not much of a great hook to her villain. Ghost has a cool look and powers, but that’s kind of all it is. She just wants a cure for her powers, and she believes that Hank Pym’s Quantum Real tech is the key. That’s it. Walton Goggins also has a secondary villain role as Sonny Burch, a low level black market tech criminal who, while fun (it is Goggins after all), is criminally underused.
Seeing as how this is Peyton Reed’s first go at being fully involved in the production process (he replaced Edgar Wright on the first Ant-Man), it’s cool to see him finally be in full control here. Reed’s love of Marvel comics shines in every frame, and he keeps the movie going along at a pretty quick pace, although there are some moments where the film drags at times to fill in villain origins or explain some version of science that really only works in the Marvel universe. The stakes are pretty low for this entry in the MCU, but after the events of Infinity War, that’s actually kind of nice. Plus, Ant-Man and the Wasp gives us not only a new kick-ass hero to root for, it also reminds us that Paul Rudd is in the MCU, which is still pretty damn cool.
Posted on July 6, 2018, in Comic Books, Movie Reviews and tagged Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Evangeline Lily, Laurence Fishburne, Marvel Studios, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd, Peyton Reed. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.