Ant-Man and The Wasp – Film Review by Fran Winston
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas
In cinemas August 3rd
Ant-Man was one of those movies that could have gone either way. As one of the lesser known superheroes in the Marvelverse and starring Paull Rudd who is more known for his comedy turns than action hero chops fans really weren’t sure what to expect but it turned out to be a fun movie and a huge hit. Which bodes well for this sequel which comes three years after original.
Rudd reprised his role as Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War but this is the first time we really get to see Lilly in action as The Wasp. In terms of the timeline it takes place after the events of Civil War and sees Scott/Ant-Man nearing the end of his house arrest following his actions in that movie. Meanwhile, Hope/Wasp and her father Hank (Douglas) are trying to open a tunnel to the Quantum Realm as they believe that Hope’s mother Janet (Pfeiffer) – the original Wasp – is trapped there. Unfortunately, their miniature lab is stolen by a quantumly unstable woman Ava/Ghost (John-Kamen) and they realise that they need Scott’s help to get it back and make contact with Janet.
With his ankle tracker safely attached to a giant ant in order to give the illusion that he is still at home, a reluctant Scott must try and help the duo before the FBI arrive to officially release him or risk having his sentence extended.
This is like the light to the Avengers shade. It’s fluffier than the usual Marvel offering with lots of humour but not at the expense of some kick-ass action scenes. Rudd and Lilly have a fantastic chemistry and their scenes work best when they don’t try too hard. Unfortunately, it sometimes feels like Lilly has been given an action sequence simply to up the gender quota rather than move the story forward.
All of the other cast members are used well and have their own moments to shine. There is no window dressing here and Reed has assembled a fine team of actors, all of whom can carry a film in their own right.
This film is far more confident that the first one. It is as if it has found its feet and now knows where it’s going. The plot is a bit complicated and there are numerous subplots but you will manage to keep on top of them all and the story never suffers because of the tangents.
Visually it looks great with some very impressive scenes of Rudd and Lilly’s transformation into their teeny tiny alter egos. The visual effects are fabulous – but this is something you expect from a Marvel movie at this stage. It’s also refreshing to watch a Marvel movie that isn’t directly tied to another MCU offering. Although it references events of Civil War this works as a standalone flick.
This is a hard movie to dislike even if you are not a fan of the comic book genre. It is complete froth but it is exceedingly charming and has bags of personality. The two hour run time may be a bit excessive but the humour carries it through. Proof that superhero movies don’t have to be super heavy, this is bubblegum for the eyes but it definitely entertains.