Review: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is Fun, Funny, and a Very Entertaining Sequel



***THIS IS A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW.***


Marvel Studios' ANT-MAN was not as huge of a box office hit as some of its more established heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, or Thor, but it's financial performance and reception was more than enough to get it green lit for a sequel. ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is set to open on July 6 in the U.S. and after seeing it yesterday afternoon it put a big ol' smile on my face throughout the entire film.

Known to dip into various film genres for their more recent superhero movie offerings, Marvel Studios has made the Ant-Man franchise their action/comedy tentpole playing off its star Paul Rudd and his penchant for being the funny guy in the room throughout his career. Sure, there was plenty of action and heart in ANT-MAN, but it was funny and very entertaining especially whenever there was size changing moments mixed within its action sequences; and there is plenty of that.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is more of the same as its predecessor, but it is a film solely created by director Peyton Reed, who previously had to deal with all the fallout after the studio fired writer/director Edgar Wright before ANT-MAN began filming.

Actress Evangeline Lilly is a certifiable badass as the Wasp while Rudd takes his fair share of punches in action scenes, but he's also meant to be the punching bag since that works great as he is more adept to being the comedy relief / action star anyway. Don't get me wrong, Rudd is fantastic as Scott Lang, but Lilly as Hope Van Dyne is a total breakout role as she is the one who moviegoers will be talking about after seeing the movie... and wanting more of in future Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.

The story may lack any real weight to it — especially when compared to the recently released AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR — but the overall entertainment factor of the film more than makes up for it. In a nutshell, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope are searching for their long-lost, wife/mother, and original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne in the Quantum Realm and they need the help of Scott. I won't give away too much here but this is the real heart of the movie as it is centered on family, with Scott really becoming the surrogate son Dr. Pym never had.

Meanwhile, Ghost, played by actress Hannah-John Kamen is the film's antagonist although she isn't much of a typical villain as her story is one where you might side with her after seeing why she is on her quest to go up against Dr. Pym, Hope, and Scott. The special effects used for Ghost are an absolute standout. Her ability to 'phase' through solid objects is great eye candy that leads to some really cool visual action moments.

Of course actor Michael Peña as Luis is just as much of a standout role as he was in ANT-MAN. If you enjoyed his fast-talking, high energy performance in the last movie, then you will love him just as much in this sequel.

Finally, the use of size changing is much more prevalent here as Ant-Man uses it in ways that are both expected, and unexpected, while Wasp uses her abilities so much more smoother as she was born to become the Wasp, as her mother was before her. Speaking of Janet, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, welcome to the MCU!

Overall, ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is a pretty straight-forward story and a will give Marvel Studios fans a much needed palate cleanser after the dreadful events of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. However, there are two end credits scenes once the movie ends with the first one surely being the scene which will be heavily discussed while the second scene is one final dose of laughter for the audience.

Written by Daniel Wolf, Founder & Publisher


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