Ant-Man and the Wasp Packs Comedy and Action into Another Marvel Hit

Ant-Man and the Wasp Packs Comedy and Action into Another Marvel Hit
By: Rich Bachman Last Updated: July 9, 2018

Rating: 7/10

Overview: Two years have now passed since Captain America: Civil War and Scott Lang finds himself on house arrest for his actions involving the Avengers. Boredom and fatherly time with his daughter is interrupted when he is reunited with Dr. Hank Pym and his daughter Hope Van Dyne. Pym believes that Scott holds the key to finally rescuing his wife from an alternate dimension called the “Quantum Realm.” Scott is faced with a decision. Should he lay low to ensure that the FBI leaves him be? Or suit up again as Ant-Man to help Pym save his wife?

Ant-Man and the Wasp is rated PG-13 for some Sci-Fi-action violence.

What Worked:Ant-Man and the Wasp follows up the summer blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War with big time expectations. Understandably so, because of how good Infinity War was, and also because of the mixed reviews of the first Ant-Man. Luckily, the main component that they got right this time around was giving Paul Rudd the opportunity to make this character truly his own. Rudd mixes his awkward comedy with his lovable charm perfectly. A solid supporting cast alongside Rudd allows for an extremely entertaining movie from beginning to end. Michael Pena’s character Luis shines the entire movie as the perfect comedic relief to the ever present high-octane action.

Many of the movie’s comedy garnered huge crowd reaction, the best I’ve seen since the original Guardians of the Galaxy. I really dug the movies main bad guy “Ghost,” whose visual abilities created some of the cooler special effect moments in the movie. Although her back story is slightly underdeveloped, I like a villain striving for something other than your typical “world dominance.” The movie sports solid action throughout with Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp standing out in action packed scenes sporting solid fight choreography. Wasp and Ghost’s initial battle in a restaurant kitchen definitely shines among others. Additionally, phenomenal visual effects round out the movies solid core. This movie looks and sounds great in a dark theatre setting.

What Didn’t Work: Anytime a movie blends comedy with action the most difficult part is balance. Ant-Man and the Wasp has great comedic parts but I feel that they went maybe a tad overboard especially during action scenes. There are only so many times where lives in peril can be drowned out by a giant Ant playing a drum machine. The plot and some of it’s characters become mashed together sloppily at times because of high character numbers. One instance of this is wasting a phenomenal actor in Walton Goggins, adding an unnecessary secondary villain to the film with no purpose.

All in all, the acting was solid, but I thought there were a couple scenes where it seemed like the director settled on first takes and didn’t fully take his time. Movie veteran Michael Douglass is a main culprit of this, and although he does well some of his lines lack zest. Finally, I thought the musical score by Christophe Beck was average. Not bad by any means but lacking the typical Superhero score that you walk out of the theatre humming.

Overall: As a huge Marvel fan I was disappointed in the first Ant-Man movie mainly because Paul Rudd wasn’t allowed to fully be himself. Additionally, the villain was extremely predictable and many of the jokes fell flat. With this new sequel, however, I walked away happy and impressed. Director Peyton Reed let Paul Rudd completely do what he does best, make fun of himself and crack non-stop one liners for two hours straight. With a solid supporting cast, a cool villain and some hilarious moments Ant-Man and the Wasp is a solid contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.