Earlier this summer we saw Avengers: Infinity War, which was one of the most, dense and heavy movies that MCU has presented us with. It would have been really hard to spend a whole year to see the conclusion to the awesomeness that it was, so in order to bring mood back into a more fun tempo Marvel released Ant-Man and the Wasp, and man did they nail it.
The events in the film take place two years after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Scott Lang, played by the returning Paul Rudd, is at the end of his term under house arrest. Hope, played by Evangeline Lily, and Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas, are on a run from the FBI while trying to create a tunnel that would allow them to go into the quantum realm so they can get her mother back. And even though Scott and Hope & Hank are not on talking terms, his connection to the quantum realm leads them to come together on an extremely fun adventure.
If I was to describe this movie in one word then I would say it is funny. The comedic Beats of this movie are spot on. There was hardly any joke in the movie that did not land. I was smiling throughout the movie if I was not laughing. And as funny as this movie is, it does not take away from the emotional aspects of this story. The jokes are all justified and carry over extremely well from the previous film.
One of the things that I absolutely loved about this movie is that it is not a superhero film. It is a story of people who possess super-human abilities. At its core it is a story about reuniting families. Scott is reuniting with his daughter, by the way those scenes are some of the most heartfelt moments in the whole story, and Hope & Hank are trying to reunite with Janet to fix their broken family. There are no world altering/ending stakes, which is why watching this story felt like a fresh breeze. But even though they are not fighting to save the world from ending, the stakes for the characters do seem very high and I could really appreciate that.
Director Peyton Reed with actor Paul rudd on the sets of Ant-Man and the Wasp
This movie is director by the returning director Peyton Reed, and watching this movie it was very clear that he really cared and knew these characters very well. He directed this movie to be a perfect sequel, there was no discrepancy in how the characters acted or the decisions that they made, it was all in line with the first film. The action in this movie is beautifully shot. The use of shrinking and growing effects is used so masterfully that each sequence became exiting and surprising at the same time.
Walton Goggins as Villain in the movie
The villain dynamic of the movie is quite interesting. The best way for me to describe it would be that there is one villain and one antagonist in the film. The villain is played by Walton Goggins and he is one of the most generic and uninteresting characters in the sricp, but he is deliberately written to be that. He is basically the source of different punching bags for our heroes and some good laughs, and he does the job well.
Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost
On the other hand, the antagonist of the movie is Ghost played by Hannah John-Kamen. I have read in several places now that the character of Ghost is badly written or is a typical one off marvel villain, I strongly disagree with that. In my opinion, she is one of the better antagonists that we have seen in the MCU. Her back story is a little convenient but the results are pretty phenomenal. Her motivations are clear and understandable. None of her actions are illogical and the character design is one that seems like it has been pulled directly from the pages of a comic book. She is not on the top of ‘my best Marvel villains list’, but she does belong in the top five.
Connection to the MCU
Watching an MCU movie, we all have come to expect that all their movies will be interconnected. And Ant-Man and the Wasp is no different. The timeline of the movie is made pretty clear with the help of the 2 year house arrest of Scott Lang. the banter between Hope , Hank and Scott also have pretty significant references to the Civil War. However, the one tie-in that we all were holding our breaths for was in the first end credit scene. This one is definitely one that is not to be missed. It makes a direct connection to the events of Infinity War and leaves us in shock and with a lot of questions that we cannot wait to have answered.
As charming as this movie is, it is not without its flaws. Whilst I love this aspect of the story one of the major issue with this film is that has extremely low stakes. So even if everything in the film had gone wrong it would have hardly made any difference in the MCU or even in the lives of our main characters. This makes the film almost seem irrelevant.
The villain, played by Walton Goggins is one of the worst in marvel lot and that was by design. The fact that they almost wanted him to be just a plot device to have cool things happen was quite distracting.
Scott’s team that is made up of Michael Pena, T.I. and David Dastmalchian took a back seat so far in the movie that they could almost not be there and the movie would have only lost a bunch of jokes. The Louis montage that I was looking forward to was played just like a token gag. So it was really disappointing to see these characters who were a significant part of the first film, just become a bunch of jokes.
I absolutely loved this film. It was charming, it was lite, it was funny and the action in the film was brilliant. Despite its flaws I look forward to seeing it the second time.
My score for the film is a very strong 7 out of 10.