Ant-Man and The Wasp Review
A bit of context: After seeing Ant-Man and the Wasp, I grabbed me a sandwich from a nearby restaurant, and got in my car to head home. Here I usually meditate on the movie’s standouts and noteworthy points. When the movie is particularly bad I tend to recall their absurd moments. When the movie is phenomenal, I lovingly bask in the memory of a well-crafted scene or character. The first thing that came to my mind after witnessing Marvel’s newest movie was one single thought,
“That sandwich I had was delicious”.
Where We Left Off
The movie takes place after Scott helped Team Cap in Civil War. He helped a fugitive and therefore has been under house arrest. He really just wants to be a good dad, and so long as he can stay in the house a few more days he will be free to see his daughter outside of his house. Now there are other plotlines going on in the movie but none of that carries enough emotional weight to invest me. Joy Pym, a.k.a the Wasp, has a plotline with her father that at times, clashes with Scott’s. Lastly, the plotline with our villain, Ghost, was given a fair amount of time for us to become intrigued with her character. To me, the plotline with Scott and his daughter was the only one I was invested in. Admittedly, I felt silly caring about a father/daughter relationship, in the midst of all these strange things happening but it spoke to me.
Paul Rudd is always lovable and I enjoyed seeing him back. At first, they made him almost too much of a screw-up, but even when he started to perform better, his suit would give him troubles. Hope Pym, on the other hand, played by Evangeline Lilly had no issue being awesome and taking names. Unfortunately, Joy was placed in the overplayed category of “efficient no-nonsense woman”, which (in my opinion) is a disservice to female protagonists as much as over-sexualization. Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, and Michael Douglas all performed well, with Douglas coming out ahead just because Hank Pym is a more developed character. The movie wanted us to empathize with Ghost once we learned her motivation but her means for a simple self-preservation goal doesn’t quite invoke enough sympathy; this is especially true considering that her means are willingly ruthless, which ultimately just makes her an unsympathetic villain.
The Shrinking Action
So with one-of-three plots that I care about, surely the action will carry me through! Well, it did for a moment, the action scenes were pretty inventive. Most of the action scenes and funnier moments were shown in the trailer. I enjoyed when the duo was trying to save someone or retrieve something from the bad guys because it allowed for a bit more creativity. The most egregious sin I found in the action is how they never showed the two using their abilities together in a satisfying way. It also failed to answer why Scott is Ant-Man when Joy is the better fighter, better tactician and has a more effective suit.
The humor felt flat for most of the time. I hate when a movie makes a joke then the breaks so that we can laugh, and I don’t – it feels awkward. The three friends, especially Michael Pena, was just as likable as before, which equates to, “almost annoying”. I always love the Pena voice-overs as they’re honestly the funniest moments of the movie. I wish Paul Rudd was given more funny lines as before but I felt it was less improv this time around.
Movie Do or Don’t
So I used a lot of words to simply say, the movie balances out to just be slightly forgettable. Nothing was so terribly dumb or so impressive that it would produce anything for me to remember. I will probably forget about the details of this movie in a few days for that reason alone. At the end of the day, I say Do because it’s not a bad film. The cute moments and thoughtful set-pieces will make a decent popcorn flick.