Ant-Man and The Wasp (Movie Review)

 

Oscar Rendon | July 6th, 2018

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Ant-Man is back and this time he has a partner in Marvel's Ant-Man & The Wasp. Returning for the sequel are Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, T.I. and David Dastmalchian. Making their appearance in the sequel for the first time are Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Hannah John-Kamen. 

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Paul Rudd returns as Scott Lang (Ant-Man) after being arrested from the events of Captain America: Civil War. He is under house arrest and is suddenly thrusted back into Ant-Man action as he races against time to help Hope Van Dyne (The Wasp) and Dr. Hank Pym. This film from the opening scene is nothing but a film about family and what we are willing to do for family. We get immediate connections to the father-daughter relationships between Scott & Cassie and Hank & Hope. The connection between Scott and Cassie is strengthened and is the best part of the film. The relationship between Hope and Scott is also another thing about this film that is developed a bit more after a falling out between films. The villain of the film comes in a 2-parter. Ghost aka Ava has the ability to phase her body matter so she can move through solid objects and is one of the toughest and hardest foes Ant-Man & The Wasp has faced. Walton Goggins is also in this film as another villain who is also a foil to our heroes.

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The comedy in the film is great, it really comes from the characters and the situations they're in. It never feels too forced with the exception of one or two between Scott and Hank. Michael Peńa is a big part of the comedy and just like last time gets in on the action. His comedic timing is used perfectly and sparingly as to not over saturate it in the film. The action is a key highlight as the powers of Ant-Man, Wasp and Ghost make for fun sequences. 

Overall, the film has great action, a story about heart and the strong bonds between fathers and daughters. The villain of the film has way more depth than initially shown in the trailers which is something we hope for in Marvel films now. The mid-credits scene is also worth the wait and only leaves us asking more questions for Avengers 4.

The Grade

B+

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