Director: Peyton Reed
Writer/s: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, and more.
Marvel Studios has put characters out into the spotlight that, on paper, you figure would never hit the ground running. A talking raccoon, a friendly tree, androids, humanoids, outcasts… the list simply goes on. Among those outcasts, there is a certain “criminal” whose super power is to basically become an ant. Squashing my little mystery routine here and clearly you clicked on the headline so you know why you are here. I am talking about Scott Lang, the Ant-Man and his newest film, “Ant-Man and the Wasp”! 2015 was the year that we were introduced to our strong little friend and back then, many were laughing at the concept of this character and movie doing well. Well, three years later here we are with the sequel and a character that many have listed as their underrated favorite.
As the first film came out, I left that screening impressed and appreciative of Ant-Man. I eagerly awaited this sequel and wished the absolute best for it. Now is about the time to see if I can have that same feeling come back three years later or will I be disappointed in the result? To be honest, I had my money on the first option.
“As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.”
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” was incredibly entertaining. I expected to enjoy it simply due to Paul Rudd and how well he did the first go at the role but I had so much fun with this film. The comedy is turned up to 11 with this film and yet it never feels unnecessary. Scott Lang is the average guy among giANTS and he knows it. He jokes around like any of us as an audience if we were surrounded by scientists talking formulas and algorithms. He is the average Joe with an ant suit.
Paul Rudd is hands down the best thing about this film. From the start, he is charming, lovable, relatable, and so much more. He is personally one of my top underrated actors in Hollywood. If there is one reason to sway you to see this film, it is to see Paul Rudd perform his best as Scott Lang, The Ant-Man.
Rudd’s surrounding stars are also nothing to ignore. Down the line, all these natural talents are joy to watch on screen. Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Lawrence Fishburne and simply everyone. They all add to the quality and entertainment of this film with hardly any cons. To be honest, among all these stud performers, my personal favorite may actually be young Abby Ryder Fortson who plays Cassie, Scott Lang’s daughter. She is so sweet and adorable yet beyond these basic child qualities, she is convincing and persuasive as little Cassie. Her dialogue with Paul Rudd is so well blended and the chemistry is real for their father daughter bond.
What keeps this film at a solid 8 is the villains and just the overall story. I am not saying that the villains are not good. Hannah John-Kamen actually performs wonderfully with what her character, Ava, is going through. Walton Goggins also does well as the black market dealer Sonny Burch. It is just that their motives are not compelling enough for me. I found their motives to be plot pushers and not much else.
The story as a whole is a cat-and-mouse game, basically. Retrieve this, run away from them, lose this, find them and take this back, hurry and finish what you want to accomplish or else they will stop you, so on and so on, you get the drill. This all is perfectly fine and it does work well for the caliber of character that Ant-Man is but overall it just is not a high quality plot.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is a quality entertainment ride that keeps the comedy running full speed while never feeling forced or unnecessary. Paul Rudd is a natural as Scott Lang, the Ant-Man and is reason enough to watch this film for his comedic and believable performance. Of all the Marvel heroes, he is definitely one of the most relatable on a human characteristic level. The film is a fun cat-and-mouse game that is easy to follow and enjoyable to watch unravel. Who knew a movie about a guy whose powers are to become an ant would be so damn fun? Check the flick, ladies and gentlemen. Definitely would not be one to regret.
Oh, and you should probably watch a YouTube summary video on “Captain America: Civil War” or at least watch the film again because story points in this film can run heavily off of the events of Civil War.
Scroll past references for brief spoiler comment about after credit scenes.
WHAT THE F*#$, MARVEL?! THIS FILM WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A HEALING FILM AFTER THE HEARTBREAK OF “AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR”!!! WE WERE SUPPOSED TO LAUGH AND HEAL YET YOU ASHES TO ASHES HOPE, HANK, AND JANET?! RIGHT AFTER WE JUST GOT JANET BACK!?!?!?! DAMNIT!
All partial jokes aside (it’s not a joke… F you, Marvel), I am very interested to see how they continue Ant-Man’s story. He is seemingly lost in the quantum realm as the other three are snapped out of reality by Thanos. It would be cool to see Fishburne reprise his role for a brief moment to recover Scott in the next Avengers. We shall see!