Title – Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Director – Peyton Reed (Bring it On)
Cast – Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne
Plot – Under house arrest, Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Rudd) must help his mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) and one time love interest/The Wasp Hope Van Dyne (Lilly) discover a way in which they can rescue Janet Van Dyne (Pfeiffer) from the dangerous Quantum Realm.
“Anyone seen a Southern gentleman carrying a building?”
Review by Eddie on 16/11/2018
There’s a lot of seriousness at play in Marvel film’s, so it’s always nice to get a silly and throwaway entry into the comic book giants film offerings.
Sure there’s hearty laughs to be found in most Marvel films, there’s the oddities of the Guardians gang and teenage sass in Spiderman but the property of Ant-Man offers up a genuinely family friendly caper that’s absolutely made for laughs more than thrills and spills.
The first Ant-Man (seemingly against all the odds after behind the scenes issues) became a likeable if forgettable outing, that once more established the easy to like charms of its leading man Paul Rudd, yet while Ant-Man and the Wasp takes a very similar approach to its proceedings, this sequel is the movie giants most forgettable film since Thor: The Dark World from 2013 and feels rather tired when compared to its counterparts.
The charm of Rudd is still evident, the jokes come thick and fast (but don’t always land), Michael Pena is still around to play a hyperactive support and the film tries hard to re-establish jokes around the universe of becoming ant-sized or giant sized (Paul Rudd as a school student or whale sightings) but getting bogged down in a rather uninteresting story of Michael Douglas’s and Evangeline Lilly Hank Pym and daughter Hope/Wasp trying to enter the Quantum Realm and find their long lost wife/mother Janet, Ant-Man and the Wasp isn’t as fun and frivolous as it should be.
With such a loaded plotline that also includes for no real reason Walton Goggins black market dealer Sonny Burch, Laurence Fishburne’s one time S.H.I.E.L.D employee and scientist Dr. Bill Foster and Hannah John-Kamen’s “villain” of the piece Ghost, the playful nature that made the first Ant-Man offering such a blast is often lost around tiresome plot threads and uninteresting diversions while the whole science behind the gangs mission to find a way to bring Janet back isn’t all that exciting, especially when compared to many of Marvel’s recent cinematic offerings that found entertaining ways to tell intriguing and gripping comic book like storylines.
With this effort, the Ant-Man series as a stand-alone offering appears to be in an interesting place and while highly unlikely that this will be the last of the Paul Rudd solo outings and perhaps just the beginnings of a Wasp standalone universe, it feels as though there’s not a whole lot more for Ant-Man to give the Marvel movie universe as a solo player, more so a hopefully well used member of the larger universe where his unique charms and playful nature can shine in a more condensed version.
Final Say –
Not taking itself too seriously goes a long way to making Ant-Man and the Wasp is a sporadically fun piece of throwaway entertainment but this feels like a film trying a little too hard to make things work and a step-backwards from the surprisingly solid first outing, that seemed to suggests Scott Lang was set to be a new key player in the Marvel landscape, where he now feels like more of a bit player at best.
2 ½ Pez dispensers out of 5