Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are back in action for Ant-Man and the Wasp. The movie takes place just after the events of Captain America: Civil War and the events of that movie have a lot to do with how this movie plays out. It is once again directed by Peyton Reed and it brings the same style that many people loved in the first installment back this film and better than ever.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
Just like the original, Ant-Man and the Wasp has a terribly tough time presenting a complete storyline that makes sense and is relatively believable in terms of the scientific aspect of the film. There are various plot holes and things that don’t make sense about this movie of which very little explanation is given. For instance, the main antagonist in this movie is a character called Ghost, aka Ava, who has been affected by the quantum realm and can phase through walls and such. Her character causes a lot of problems for the movie. First, they have to explain how she got the way she is and it doesn’t make a lot of sense. An experiment basically blows up and kills both her parents but just leaves her in this phasing condition. Why did she not die? She was literally right next to her parents when the portal blew up. In this case and in many others throughout the movie, they try to explain how something works scientifically and I’m pretty sure they just say big words and separate them with the word quantum and pretend it makes perfect sense. Also, how does Michelle Pfeiffer’s character just magically have (and know how to use) this ability to heal Ghost. Pretty convenient writing if you asked me.
I think that this film has a little bit of Jack Sparrow syndrome. By that, I mean that similar to what Pirate’s did with Jack Sparrow in the fifth movie, the clever or heroic aspects of Scott Lang’s character are kind of smothered by the clumsy and goofy nature that is supposed to be funny. It isn’t to that degree but I did think that Scott was reduced to the silly sidekick role instead of the hero that he flashed at times in the first film.
Remember how in my review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom I mentioned the cliché way they presented the relationship between Owen and Claire? How they basically explained through exposition that between the first movie and the second they dated for a while and then broke up before falling in love again at the end of the second movie. Well, literally the exact same thing happens here. We find out that Scott and Hope dated after the first movie but when Scott got involved in the events of Civil War and then got arrested and put on house arrest, Hope basically broke up with him. Then, of course, they make up by the end of this movie. It’s just a cliché and overused trope and I’m not an expert on movie relationships but there have to be other ways to mess with the dynamic between characters for a movie sequel than make them break-up between movies just so they can get back together again.
I laughed harder for Ant-Man and the Wasp then I have for any superhero movie that I’ve ever seen (yes, that includes Deadpool). All of the characters that we love from the first movie are back and clowning again to generate the laughs that are so crucial to making this movie work. The comedy is what makes it possible to overlook some of the plot holes and inaccuracies that are presented. Michael Peña is once again one of the stars of the show and I think he was even funnier in this movie than the previous. One of my favorite elements from the original film is how it depicts the hilarious stories that Luis tells. It doesn’t use that gimmick as much this time but there is a scene where Luis gets injected with “Truth Serum” that had me laughing until the next scene change.
Randall Park (aka Asian Jim from The Office) is a great addition to the franchise as FBI agent Jimmy Woo. He is basically in charge of keeping an eye on Scott while he is on house arrest and there are some really hysterical exchanges between Scott and Jimmy the just add another way to make audiences laugh. David Dastmalchian and T.I. are back in the same funny roles as the last movie but they are definitely utilized a little bit less.
Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp has quickly become one of my favorite movie heroines across either cinematic universe. I like Black Widow and Scarlet Witch, but they kind of just follow the rest of the team around. I really like Wonder Woman, but there is just something about the way the character Hope Van Dyne is presented that is different from the others. Evangeline Lilly created a character that is very smart, strong, and courageous like many of our favorite male heroes. However, she is also caring and dignified and she fights with a certain grace and femininity that sets her an apart. Even by the way she dresses in the movie she perfectly conveys a strong female role model for young female viewers without oozing of feminist undertones.
While the action sequences are pretty smooth and well-done, to me it seems like we didn’t really get to see a lot of Ant-Man being Ant-man. However, I really enjoyed the final fight scene with Ghost. The way Ant-man and the Wasp work together was really exciting and I would love to see more of it in future movies.
A person’s rating of Ant-Man and the Wasp will differ greatly depending on what genre you consider the movie to fall in. If you are judging it as an action or sci-fi movie than it could fall short of your expectations. I, however, was judging this movie as a comedy and I laughed a lot throughout the 118min run time. It is light enough to be a good family movie and is, in my opinion, slightly better than the first. What do you think?