Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the duo find themselves in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.......After the mentally exhausting Infinity War, it was a good choice for Marvel to release the Ant-Man sequel. Ant-Man clearly is the most tongue in cheek character of the MCU, and in turn, also makes him one of the most human, holistic characters they have in the MCU.Rudd again excels as Lang, so easy to watch, so relatable, alongside Hawkeye, he has the most to lose from a Nuclear family point of view, so even though the film could be classed as a big sigh of relief for the MCU, Lang's quest is still as urgent as any other hero.Although Rudd is hilarious with Pená and friends, and shares some great chemistry with The FBI agent whom is trying to catch him out (their scenes together are the best thing about the film), it's Douglas who steals the film from everyone.He's the funniest thing in the film, delivering line after hilarious line in a dead pan way that's not just hilarious at times, but utterly convincing to the point that you really believe that he is moving a building like a piece of luggage.Set pieces are a little sparse in this, with two really only standing out, but as before, they are inventive and with involving multiple characters, makes it as funny as the first.My only gripe are the antagonists. Goggins is a great character actor, but here he's resorting to Sam Rockwell in Iron Man 2. And the less said about The Ghost, the better. It's a waste of a character, and only seems to be here so Pfeiffer has something to do. Other than that, it's such a fun sequel, with lots of great characters, but maybe it's because it's followed two of the best Marvel films released, it just feels a little lost.But then, there's the Mid-Credit stinger, and in my opinion, it's the best stinger Marvel has done. Which more than makes up for Stan Lees cameo....
Ant man and the wasp boasts a talented and funny cast that is about the only thing keeping you from seeing the uninspired directing, thin plot and generic marvel movie story that makes up this movie. Never the less it is a fun 2 hours
This being the nine billionth MCU installment, we knew we were going to get an upbeat and good blockbuster movie. But this was also well done and unlike the last several installments, was classic MCU. It was refreshing.The performances were good. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily ooze charisma and their chemistry is incomparable. Michael Douglas remains funny while serious as he is and Laurence Fishbourne plays off him quite well. I can't remember Ghost's actress' name, but she did manage to bring some humanity to a bad guy and made the character sympathetic, which I appreciated. The standout was the kid that played Ant-Man's daughter. Her giddiness was unmatchable and enjoyable.The writing was nothing special, which I would normally have a problem with, but it'll be understood why I don't this time around soon. It was a simple tale and does indeed have some of the best timed comedy in the MCU.Peyton Reed loves to play with size and maneuverability. It shows (and works!). The direction makes this film so much fun. 'Nuff said.What deserves praise in this film is the visual design. Not only the shrinking and the way that size is played with, but the way certain places are visually constructed.Classic MCU, Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) is bright and well done. 8/10
Directed by Peyton Reed, this 2018 film adds to, and expands on Ant-Man's role in the Marvel cinematic universe.Picking up about 2-3 years after "Captain America 3 - Civil War", Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is back as Ant-Man. His exploits in Civil War left him in some serious bother with homeland security, as a result he's been tagged and under house arrest. His connections to Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope Van-Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) are off-limits, but they aren't in talks anymore as he apparently didn't inform or consult them before his exploits in Civil War - so they are upset he took the suit and got caught. One day, Scott has a dream where he sees Janet Van-Dyne (Michelle Pheiffer) in the Quantum zone, which coincides with an experiment Hank and Hope have done. It seems they need each other more than ever - and thus another Ant-Man adventure starts off. This time he's got Hope fighting alongside him; she's been given a suit too which allows her to follow in her mother's footsteps, much like Scott is following in Hank's footsteps. This is a very light and family friendly film, much like the first film and even more so than the likes of Thor Ragnorak - which, let's be honest, was practically a comedy-action film rather than a straight up superhero fantasy film. I guess with Disney behind the ownership it was always going to be a light version of Ant-Man, so if you've come to see some of the exploits from the comics you'll be sorely disappointed - Hank Pym is an alcoholic who domestically abuses his family, Scott isn't entirely a bad guy looking out for himself, Janet isn't flirting with the first person to show her attention. The film follows Ant-Man and the Wasp as they try their best to decode the message from Janet, while staying out of reach of the authorities, out of reach of the bad guys, and one step ahead of the villain - Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). I FTR have to be honest here, the portrayal of Ghost is a massive let down for me, because I really like the comic version. On the flipside, Ghost is a better villain then Yellow-Jacket (Corey Stoll) was in the first film, so there a slight improvement here. More humour than action, but not on the same level as other Marvel films this can still be an enjoyable ride. For the Marvel fanboys/girls this does answer some questions brought up by Infinity War, but they might want to consider this a filler story in the bigger, grittier universe. Michael Peña is great comic relief, although it's not entirely needed with everyone else playing fun roles. Goggins plays a role that could have been easily excluded from the role, but you know as soon as he's on screen that he's going to be the slapstick bad guy - and that he's been added to add an element of chaos and hopefully another dimension so the action isn't flat. The pace of the film is good and generally the plot is too - albeit sometimes the dialogue is delivered at hundreds of miles an hour to make the science less daunting - which I'm sure younger audiences will blank out anyway in favour of funny giant ants attacking people. All in all this film is pretty much what you'd expect having watched the first film, unfortunately it doesn't bring anything new - other than a positive female role for Marvel, with the Wasp being touch and intelligent. As such, I'm going to give this exactly the same rating as the first film, which was 7 out of 10.