ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (2018) MOVIE REVIEW.

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Introduction.

Ant-Man and The Wasp is a 2018 American superhero movie based on Marvel Comics characters and is a sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man. Directed by Peyton Reed, it features the adventures of Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) in trying to bring back Janet Van Dyne from the quantum realm with the considerable help of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas).

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Character performances.

Paul Rudd is an actor who I admittedly haven’t been a fan of over the years but I’m glad that I have found favour in him with this particular character out of many notable ones in his filmography. Scott Lang brings a whole lot of original flair to the M.C.U notably in the comedic sector more than any other in my opinion; sorry Spiderman fans! If in any case, you loved the character in 2015’s Ant-Man then you seriously ought to look for a better word than ‘love’ coming into the sequel. I, on the other hand, prefer a more subtle word in ‘likeable’ which is very much a staple of the guy through his dialogue. He just says stuff for the sake of saying it and comes up with silly puns case in point a certain scene where he is complementing an ant for a job well done and he says “I think I’m going to call you Antonio Banderas”, get it? Additionally, his comedic sense is also portrayed through his actions which I duly won’t expound on because it tends to be a bit spoilery especially if you haven’t seen the trailers.

On here, we find Scott dealing with the consequences of teaming up with Captain America and co. which you might have picked up on in a certain 2016 film; in spite of the fact that he knows how it feels like to be in confinement since he is an ex-convict, house arrest is a whole new frontier for him. It was absorbing to see his relationship with his daughter through this phase of his life and his efforts to keep up with his fatherly duties despite his predicament.

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Evangeline Lilly’s character didn’t have much to do in this movie’s precursor as far as superhero stuff is concerned but she does now; ‘Wasp’ is in the building. Destiny punched a hole in her childhood and left a gaping void which she, alongside her father, intend on filling and throughout this movie’s runtime you’ll get to see how much that initiative means to them largely from an emotional standpoint. Hope Van Dyne does face opposition in two antagonists; one of them being more formidable than the other nonetheless, with the substantial help of Lang, these are threats they are ready to lock horns with.

Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost wasn’t the villain I was hoping to see coming into this motion-picture though I was more than pleased with what Marvel Studios went for with her. Much like the recent M.C.U antagonists we’ve seen in Thanos and Erik Killmonger, she does have a resolution that is relatable and understandable in the perspective of the audience and I was personally drawn to the resilience she exhibited in her quest.

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The Plot, Merits, and Demerits.

I just reviewed the movie “Tag” much recently and long story short, I felt sorry for the C+ grade I gave it and opted for a B- instead. As I emphasized in my final thoughts in that synopsis, I did not like that film as a comedy but the backlash I got from a select number of my viewership made me more considerate and I half-heartedly decided to go for a better grade, only just. That said, having watched Antman and The Wasp, I am tempted to revise Tag’s current grade mainly because I got a whole lot of laughs out of this Marvel movie, which by the way is not predominantly of the comedic genre. Scott Lang’s ex-convict buddies in Luis (Michael Pena), Dave ( T.I), Kurt (David Dastmalchian) as well as his law enforcement handler Jimmy (Randal Park) play a huge role in the various irresistibly funny instances in the movie and the way the latter is executed is borderline magical.

That brings me to the writing, it’s so well done; every character’s dialogue felt authentic and relevant to the scenes in question and thus credit to Chris Mckenna, Erik Sommers, and Paul Rudd just to name but a few. The C.G.I is visually appealing and done to pristine perfection; I liked how certain intricate details about the appearance of the quantum realm, which is substantially featured on here, were presented as well as what they were able to do with the shrinking/enlarging technology of the protagonists’ suits.

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There are notable instances in the film’s runtime that I employed the element of suspension in belief because some things don’t make sense or should not be possible in the context of the flick. For instance, Michael Douglas’ character Dr. Hank Pym shrinking a whole building into a much smaller version of it which resembles a luggage case and being able to pull it along the ground. It was precisely made clear in the first film that when an object is shrunk, it retains its mass and weight but this film, just like its predecessor, decides to be inconsistent with that logic; a factor which I wasn’t necessarily paying attention to for the most part and that’s why I consider it as one of the positives I took away. You get so engrossed in the story and the comedic moments that you just find yourself sliding some insensible stuff under the rug because you somehow want to trick yourself that you haven’t noticed it, I hope that makes sense.

The expositions featured were great as well; there was a lot to the film’s plot that we as movie watchers needed to be filled in on and I liked the manner in which the backstories to some of the characters was relayed. Need I even mention the action sequences; I think by now you ought to know what to expect from an M.C.U movie in that respect.

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I have a few issues with this Peyton Reed photoplay though. There is a lot of heavy quantum science jargon that I did not understand and I felt unlucky that there wasn’t a “Can you please speak English?” type of character to simplify it for me. This fault, of course, doesn’t apply to you if you are reading this review and are a science disciple, all the same, my platform represents people from with all sorts of interests in life so my point is very much valid, at least I am convinced it is. Additionally, the pacing of the film tends to slow down in some instances with some unnecessary scenes which don’t really add anything to the overall story and that trait can be a slight deterrent. My final flaw is aimed more towards Marvel Studios as opposed to the movie itself. I don’t see a reason why a certain character, who I won’t mention but will leave it to you to find out, was included in the promotional material and yet that person isn’t supposed to be there in the first place when you factor in the plot; I think I’ll leave it at that.

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Decree.

When all is said and done, Ant-Man and The Wasp will definitely strike a chord with you in one way or another. Personally, I expected it to be good prior to seeing it but I definitely didn’t expect it to be as good as it turned out to be. You could tell that the people involved in the production of the motion-picture had all hands on deck and thus when you couple that behind the scenes effort with the splendor of what goes down in front of it, you are in for fantastic movie; there’s not much to it.

GRADE; A-

 

 

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