Come for the Action; Stay for the Comedy: The Ant-Man and the Wasp Review - SPOILER FREE

Jul 5, 2018

The Ant-Man and the Wasp.  I sent my hubby because, well, he is so invested in the series.  I love when he contributes!  Here are his spoiler free thoughts about Ant-Man and the Wasp!


Hilarious throughout. Poignant at times. Scott Lang (aka Ant-Man, played by Paul Rudd) picks up some time after the events in Captain America:  Civil War. Scott is about to finish a two-year house arrest for his support of Team Captain. Meanwhile on the run, Hope Van Dyne (aka the Wasp, played by Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) try to find the Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) who was lost in the "quantum realm" thirty years earlier. Ghost (a super-villain with unknown motivations; Hannah John-Kamen), Dr. Bill Foster (rival scientist who once worked with Hank Pym; Laurence Fishburne), Sonny Burch (a slimy illegal arms dealer; Walter Goggins), and Jimmy Woo (a luckless FBI agent in charge of Scott; Randall Park) all provide foils to our main heroes.


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All the characters, in general, behave like people you interact with every day. The villains are not grotesque misformed psychos driven by an urge make the world burn. The heroes weaknesses are softer than a normal superhero movie. There is anger, and grudge-holding, but there is forgiveness. You get the feeling that rather than being driven to some abstract ideal of perfection which is probably not even desirable, the characters are just trying to get along. Now that may be a “too deep” analysis for a movie that most people will treat as a throw-away Marvel movie, but I think there is something to be said here. There is no “I can never forgive him” type stuff. There is “I trusted you, and you did something I think is stupid, so I’m mad, but we'll work through this” type stuff.  

Who steals the show? 

Michael Peña as Scott's buddy and business partner, Luis. This character needs his own Marvel movie.Watch for an interrogation scene that is dangerously funny because the audience will be laughing so hard that you will not hear most of the jokes. 

Laurence Fishburne: always.

Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly work well together and have excellent onscreen chemistry. Paul Rudd and Randall Park have a different sort of chemistry that is all laughs.


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Ant-Man and The Wasp is one of the most kid-friendly Marvel movies out there. From memory, so accuracy might be a little off: one shoot 'em up scene, two quick but emotional on screen deaths to fill out backstory, and violence of the bloody-lip variety. Standard Disney fare.

The showing was in 3D which worked well for the special effects. The shrinking and growing of cars, buildings, people and PEZ dispensers is quite stunning in 3D. 

Overall a worthy entry into the MCU. An excellent comedy, no "groan" moments, and a compelling story.  We can't wait to hear your thoughts!


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