Ant-Man and the Wasp review
When it comes to movies about shrinking, I've rarely found a good one. It's not a bad idea, to see something from another size perspective. Not to mention, it provides some great possibility for everything trying to kill the subject shrunken. In fact movies like The Incredible Shrinking Manand Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, both were able to convoy the thrill of everyday life suddenly becoming giant monsters, even flies and…ants per say? I think the problem is whenever shrinking is done on film, directors always seem to only show that thrill and not explore the scientific possibilities…that it until Ant-Manwas made in 2015.
I knew almost nothing of the Marvel hero other then he was popular within the comic culture and the movie spent a while in development hell with originally Edgar Wright in the director's chair. Thankfully, Ant-Manproved to not only be different (unlike Iron Man and Captain America who simply want everyone to be safe, Ant-Man seems to be doing this for his family), but was more comedic in tone compared to the other MCU movies. While shrunken, they also took the time to consider where shrinking could go (like atomic size). Let's see how things are built upon in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
After the events of Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man/Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) has been placed under house arrest along with his ties cut to Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope Van Dyne (Played by Evangeline Lilly). Just before his house arrest is set to end, Scott receives some odd message from the Quantum Realm who he believes to be Hank's long lost wife Janet (played by Michelle Pfeiffer). He calls Hank to tell him. This leads Hope to kidnap Scott and take him to Hank's new lab who is looking to open a portal to the Quantum Realm with hopes to rescue Janet.
Hope arranges to acquire one more part from an arms dealer, but a double cross nearly stops her. She manages to fight him and his men as the Wasp, who has the same shrinking capabilities, but also as wings and laser blasters. Just as she defeats them, she is also attacked by a masked woman who has "ghost" abilities. This Ghost is Ava Starr (Played by Hannah John-Kamen) who manages to steal Hank's lab (don't ask how, the result is hilarious). The fight is on to see if they can enter the Quantum Realm once more and make sure Ant-Man doesn't officially violate his house arrest (which is also funny).
I'm happy to say that Ant-Man and the Waspis just as fun as the previous movie is. Does it pave the way for new storytelling like Black Pantherand Avengers: Infinity War? No, but it really doesn't appear to be the case for this movie. In fact, given the grim nature of the previous Avengersmovie, Ant-Man and the Waspis more like a relaxing adventure to enjoy. I can't say this story has a lot of purpose, but again, it's just an enjoyable action movie that can still go with the first movie.
I'll start by saying that the story does offer something fun; that of a simple goal, which is to get to the Quantum Realm. After we got a brief glimpse of it in the previous movie, it's nice to see that several characters are trying to get to it. So that leads into another great thing; in which there really isn't a villain in this movie. Yes, there is a super human trying to get in their way and a mafia as well, but neither are trying to "defeat" anyone. They all just happen to want the same thing. In a way, this makes this a giant race.
The tone still remains more comedic. There are not only jokes from Paul Rudd, Michael Douglass, and even Michael Peña in a returning role, but the ability to shrink and enlarge does come with a lot of visual gags. If you thought the giant Thomas the Tank Engine from before was funny, get ready to see that they do here. We have pez dispensers, salt shakers and giant roller briefcases.
I'll give this four Wasp's out of five. Overall, I'd say I enjoyed this as much as the first. No more, no less. The Ant-Manseries, at least in my book, has the most rewatch value within the MCU. They stand on their own better then a lot of others (even though I really enjoy these movies). Go see it and marvel at it's abilities.
Note: Yes, they address the events from Avengers: Infinity War…but I won't say how, so be sure to stay through the end credits to see what happens