Sometimes you just need a good old palette cleanser. After the intense and dreary Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and The Wasp is a nice, fun, self-contained story. During its runtime, there is no imminent fear of galactic annihilation (which is kinda strange since this takes place before Infinity War). It’s a great summer movie with lots of humour, action, and heart that everyone should check out.
Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) is on house arrest after the fallout from Civil War. Hope/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) and her father Hank (Michael Douglas) are still trying to reach Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), their mother/wife respectively who was lost to the Quantum Realm (an itty bitty place where microorganisms live) many years before during a dangerous mission. It’s not only our heroes that want access to this realm though. Ava/Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) a young woman who because of a freak lab accident (it’s always a freak lab accident) can literally phase through anything like “a ghost”, needs access to Hank’s research lab and this realm to heal herself. If she can’t repair the damage that has been done to her body over the years, this affliction will ultimately kill her.
Just like the previous Ant-Man, it takes great pleasure in just how insane the entire concept is. The characters know it, everyone knows it. Because Scott is on house arrest and shouldn’t be out and about fighting crime, Hank has altered an essentially human-sized ant so that it mimics Scott’s daily routine while he’s away, which means everything from taking a bath to practicing on his fake drums. In any other film, you would just think it was ridiculous. Not here though. This type of thing is the norm (this ant needs to become a recurring character as well). Throughout the film, Scott has issues with his suit that make for some hilarious moments to do with his size (one involving him in his daughter’s school is classic).
The dynamic between Scott and Hope is fun and doesn’t get too mushy. Hope can take care of herself. She isn’t some damsel in distress. Michael Douglas is hilarious. He’s just the right amount of sarcasm and wit. Even Scotts ex-wife Maggie (Judy Greer) and her husband Paxton (Bobby Cannavale) are great (they love to do their group hugs with Scott, it’s adorable). There really isn’t a character in the film I didn’t like. Even the people that are supposed to be villains are fun to watch.
The only downside, as is the case with any Marvel film (exceptions being Infinity War, Black Panther, and Spider-Man: Homecoming) is the villain. Ghost feels like an afterthought. It’s as if the studio felt that there absolutely needed to be a “villain”. If she wasn’t in the film I wouldn’t have noticed or cared to be honest. She has a cool power and it looks great, but that’s it. Hopefully the dynamic between her, Scott and Hope will develop beyond into the next phase of the MCU.
We’ve come to an age where more and more superhero films continue to get darker in tone or insanely violent like Deadpool which, as an adult, I don’t mind and encourage once in a while. It’s just that it’s no fun taking your kids to see some of these (especially when you have to explain everything to them, so awkward right?… I’m kidding). Ant-Man And The Wasp stands out as just a fun, family-friendly adventure. It’s one of the best MCU movies to date and I encourage anyone, even if you’re not a fan of Ant-Man, to check it out. He may just become your new favourite superhero. – NVJ
Ant-Man and The Wasp is now playing in theatres