Ant-Man and the Wasp – Cinema Cynic

*WARNING* This article does not contain major spoilers, but does discuss plot points, details, and possible minor spoilers. If that is not cool with you, watch the film and come back. Reader discretion is advised.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is the sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man, both of which were directed by the same man, Peyton Reed. The film stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly as the title characters, as well as Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Michael Peña, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Laurence Fishburne. The plot focuses on the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War and reveals what our pint-sized heroes have been up to since, as well as the gang’s mission to find Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), the original Wasp.

Due to the relevance of this film, I will keep it as broad as I can to avoid talking specifics or giving spoilers, I might do a whole other discussion about the spoilers of the film, as well as the MCU of the whole, but that is besides the point.

Chronologically following Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is stuck under house-arrest, as well as facing disdain from his former comrades, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). The beginning of the film focuses both on the comedy of the main character and the love between Scott and his daughter, Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson), who, by the way, is one of the best child actors around in this film. Both the character of Cassie and the performance by Fortson were spectacular. I found all of the other performances to be great as well, but none stood out quite like Cassie.

While the first film doubled as a heist movie, this one focuses on the comedy, and man, is it funny. The film is a blast, simply put. The comedic gold being spearheaded by Rudd and Michael Peña, who completely whacked the ball out of the park. The pick-me-up tone of the film is a good follow-up in this depressing, post-Infinity War world we live in.
And that is exactly what this film is. It’s a nice dose of laughing gas to forget the pain of Infinity War. The problem with that being: that is all this movie is. That isn’t to say Ant-Man 2 isn’t a fine film, but it doesn’t seem to stand out; it’s bland and cookie-cutter. The film stays very safe, and doesn’t seem to challenge its audience.

Matching with the usual trend of Marvel movies, the villain is quite weak. Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) didn’t prove to be very threatening, despite having a convincing backstory. The ending didn’t really sit well with me, and I think you’ll know what I’m talking about when you see the film. It feels unrewarding and confusing.

Action-wise, the movie was also quite successful. The fight sequences were entertaining to watch and made good use of the abilities of both Ant-Man and Wasp. The CGI of these scenes were also well-done. As a matter of fact, Ant-Man’s suit actually looked better than Iron Man’s in Infinity War.

After seeing the film, I couldn’t help but compare this to another recent superhero film about a snarky character: Deadpool 2, and I firmly stand by the statement that I am about to make here. Ant-Man and the Wasp is the same film as Deadpool 2, but not rated R. The main connection being that neither film brought very much to the table outside of good action and comedy, and if you’ve seen both, I think it’ll become clear to you, as well.

All-in-all, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fine film. I may have given it a lot of flack, but it’s easier to talk about things that irked me. The movie doesn’t stand out for very much besides its comedy and action, honestly, and unfortunately, that is how this movie will by “remembered”: a funny filler movie until we reach Infinity War: An Extra Billion Dollars. It’s not perfect, 

MTFBWYA,
James

P.S. Stay alert for two credits scenes.

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