Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

Do you just put "quantum" in front of everything?

Two years after the events of Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is still under house arrest. He's been building elaborate forts for his daughter, Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) learning magic tricks, and trying to start up a security business with his friends. When he has a strange dream about Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfieffer) he notifies Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank (Michael Douglas) and they reluctantly take him out on another mission.

It's still hard for me to believe that I almost didn't go see the original Ant-Man in theaters. I just wasn't hyped for it. It wasn't until they started advertising Falcon's cameo in it that I decided to give it a go. Is there really another Marvel property that makes you feel the love quite like Ant-Man? Scott's love for his daughter is abundant. His relationship with his ex wife and her new husband is kind of adorable. And then there's his trio of friends. Scott's just got a ton of love to go around and that's what makes these properties so much fun. 

Marvel seems to have been taking the "villains suck in super hero movies" critique seriously because this time, Ghost, played by Hannah John-Kamen has a very good motive. She's not really a villain. Antagonist for sure but can you really blame her? I also love how the film fleshed out Hope. I wasn't crazy about her character the first time around but I liked her so much more here and she and Scott make a great team. 

I know the stinger has been getting a lot of well deserved complaints about a huge tonal shift, but it didn't bother me at all. I like how all the MCU films tie into each other and this didn't ruin anything for me, it only enhanced it.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B+

Memorable Quote: "You dad went to Germany to draw on the wall with Captain America." - Jimmy Woo (Randall Park)


10 comments:

  1. Nice review. I found myself liking this one quite a bit more than the first Ant-Man. For me it was funnier, had more heart, and was a nice break for the more heavy MCU films. Good stuff. And I'm with you on the stinger. Didn't bother me either.

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    1. The only thing I really took issue with was I didn't get Walton Goggins' character's motivations, but he's a good actor so I let it slide.

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  2. And I looooove Michael Pena!
    Paul Rudd is a longtime love of mine - Ant-Man almost seems outside of the MCU for me, so I tolerate it a lot better.

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    1. Paul Rudd still hasn't started aging. lol

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  3. I liked the first one better but this one was pretty nice too, I wish I could have seen it on the big screen :/ That scene where Rudd is channeling Pfeiffer was brilliant

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    1. You'll have to go in 50 years when Poland finally opens it theatrically lol.

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  4. Me gusta Michael Pena. He's funny. I love Luis as he has me listening to Morrissey all over again. I liked this more than the first not just for its humor but also the fact that it took time to create some more complexities but also touch on the theme of family. I also loved that scene of Rudd channeling Pfeiffer as I was hoping he and Michael Douglas kiss each and then Rudd returns to his character and realizes... "OMG, I'm kissing my girlfriend's dad".

    I'm with you on Ghost as I liked her character and felt for her as she had legit reasons to be angry. This was a fun film and I'm upset that those who felt "oh this film is too family-friendly, not edgy enough". Who cares? If it does what it needs to do in be entertaining and make you laugh. What is there to complain about?

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    1. I don't get that complaint. Not everything has to be "edgy" I like that this was so family oriented without being cheesy.

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  5. Nice review! I pretty much agree with everything. This is one of my favorites of the year, not gonna lie. lol It was a wonderful escape at the movies, and refreshing to feel something so light after Infinity War.

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    1. It was. The more I think about it the more I like it.

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