Review Of Ant-Man and the Wasp
The sequel to Ant-Man and the newest entry in the MCU is here!
Marvel Debuts New Team-Up Movie Ant-Man and the Wasp!
For a 10 year-old studio to release 20 films in that amount of time is unprecedented. Marvel Studio has done just that with the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp, their 20th film in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. This movie sets itself apart as a family-centered humorous drama that sticks to the first film's heist genre and is a nice small-scale break from the universe-impacting, cataclysmic events of Avengers: Infinity War. Director Peyton Reed has delivered a bigger and better film than his fun-filled original with a stellar cast, brilliant comedy, heartfelt drama, and breathtaking visuals and action.
We pick up years after the first film and the monumental events of Captain America: Civil War in which Ant-Man played a small-yet-major role. While the criminal turned superhero Scott Lang is under house arrest his story takes off when his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Pym's daughter Hope Van Dyne may have found a way to rescue their long lost family member Janet, the original Wasp, who was lost to the quantum realm over 30 years ago. Making things difficult for our heroes is a new villain named Ghost who's tracking down Pym's technology for unknown reasons. There's lots of comedy in the film and it all works because it's character-based and situational, but none of it bogs down the emotional core of the story which is the family at the center of it all.
This cast is superb with all of them playing their parts and delivering their lines with ease. Rudd portrays Scott Lang/Ant-Man as a more dedicated and responsible father who's still as goofy as ever, and Evangeline Lilly gets to step into the spotlight as the no-nonsense Hope/Wasp who gets to kick lots of butt as one of the most superior superheroes this universe has. Michael Douglas gives Hank Pym layers and depth while Michelle Pfeiffer brings us her best performance in years playing Janet as a caring mother and intelligent survivor. Hannah John-Kamen is intriguing, intense, and sympathetic as Ghost and Laurence Fishburne brings an emotional resonance to the enigmatic Bill Foster. Michael Pena, Tip "T.I." Harris, and David Dastmalchian are hysterical reprising their roles while Walton Goggins is fun as the over-the-top baddie Sonny Birch.
There are some wonderful action sequences here as the filmmakers are able to find creative ways to use these character's shrinking and growing powers. Also, the addition of Ghost brings a whole new set of cool ways to show off her unique abilities. There are moments of visceral hand-to-hand combat and some big chase scene too all of which make great use of the heroes powers and personalities to make a dynamic and enjoyable movie. The work these visual effects teams have put in is astonishing from bringing the amazing super-powers to life and the environments especially that of the trippy quantum realm. The music work in tandem with each and every moment making each of them more powerful overall.
Once again Marvel proves why they're the best studio working today as they continue to make crown-pleasing blockbusters that have very few flaws. They've figured out the formula and it started a decade ago with Iron Man. All of these films blend heart and humor and this film has more of those two things than most movie today. It's a family film from it's content to it's commentary on risking it all for those we care about most. I give Ant-Man and the Wasp as 8.5 out of 10.