Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

Paul Rudd and Michael Peña spark but the fun levels get shrunk in a so-so second Ant-stalment.

The first ‘Ant-Man’ movie succeeded largely because of its less-is-more approach: a livewire heist caper stuffed with Honey-I-Shrunk-the-Avenger-style visual gags. It leant hard on Paul Rudd’s guileless charm as criminal-turned-micro-hero Scott Lang and some scene-stealing turns, spearheaded by Michael Peña as Lang’s motor-mouthed buddy Luis. Diminishing returns bite, though, in a sequel that strains hard to be effortlessly fun but lacks the same helter-skelter irreverence.

We meet Lang under house arrest for siding with Captain America in ‘Civil War’ way back, trying again to go straight. Of course, you can’t keep a besuited burglar cooped up for long. Cue grumpy genius Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and still-underutilised daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) roping him into their quest to save Hank’s long-lost wife Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer, underemployed). For 30 years, she’s been stuck in the Quantum Realm, a place where all logic bends in service of the plot, but Hank may have a way of rescuing her, with Hope’s superhero alter-ego the Wasp helping out.

Cue an uninspiring quest and chunks of pseudo-scientific exposition that’ll make sense only to those with degrees in Marvelology. There’s a solid chase sequence, using some of San Francisco’s very fine landmarks, but the low-stakes villains, anodyne superbaddie Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) and out-of-place black marketeer Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) are anticlimactic after the charismatic dread of Thanos in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’.

Even Peña and an able supporting cast that boasts a bear-hugging Bobby Cannavale are hamstrung by a script where too many jokes fall flat. You get the impression it doesn’t matter who lives, dies or shrinks down really, really small – ’Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is all in pursuit of some MCU masterplan. If only the journey there was a bit more of a buzz.

By: Andrew Frisicano

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Release details

Release date:
Friday August 3 2018
Duration:
118 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Peyton Reed
Cast:
Paul Rudd
Evangeline Lilly
Walton Goggins
Michelle Pfeiffer
Michael Peña

Average User Rating

2.7 / 5

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tastemaker

So so so many Marvel films these days; the visuals are very good but then with all the money that they are raking in they have plenty to spend. I like the leads, very very watchable. The script is interesting but way too stupid and full of logic holes to me! I think you can fill these holes quite easily with a chat to a physics student. I am not talking anything too technical, just some logical issues. And again I need some more back story; I need to know more about why they are persona-non-grata. That makes no sense to me!


It’s not in the same league as the majority of Marvel films.

However, it is very entertaining and funny - maybe more aimed at the younger audience.

tastemaker

Antman is just what the marvel needs right now,following the high of infinity war this movie is an excellent side step.


No need for end of the world bad guy, plenty of laughs and skillful stunt fights.

tastemaker

Sadly this movie just didn't cut the mustard.

I found the storyline extremely repetitive... Something went missing they found... That thing went missing again... They found it again.. And so forth for the rest of the movie.

I wouldn't rush to get this on dvd or blueray and to be fair you could afford to skip this movie all together.