Unfortunately I, like many other writers, suffer from the occasional writers block. Sometimes just sitting down in front of my computer to type feels like facing down the apocalypse and there is just no way around it for me except to ride it out. Thankfully, these bouts never last for too long but I do apologize for the delay for this review. Now, let’s get down to it. Although Ant-man and the Wasp was a fun, summer action adventure I have to admit to not being entirely too fond of it. This sequel really didn’t add much more depth to the characters, and since it took place before the events of Infinity Wars, no additional information was gathered on the effects of Thanos’ snap either.
The opening of the film felt extremely forced to me, I didn’t think the explanation of Pym’s thought process was necessary as it was not really that difficult to follow. Scott Lang returned from the Quantum Realm so why couldn’t Janet, his wife blah blah blah. Instead, I wish some time had been dedicated to developing the Wasp character. Don’t get me wrong, she was incredibly bad ass and had some amazing fight sequences, but we don’t have any change in her. Very similarly to the first film, she is constantly rotating between cold, angry or giving in to her attraction to Scott. Ghost was another character I felt was lacking in any sort of development. The switching between playing at brutal desperation and wanting sympathy was giving me whiplash in the theater. The potential for the character was there, yet Marvel has always had a way of putting its female characters on the back burner (excluding Black Panther of course). The unsure qualities of Ghost made the whole movie sort of lacking for a true villain. Everyone was given a fully fleshed out motive that wasn’t truly bad or even against the moral fiber of the good guys. The effect was the characters running like chickens with their head cut off for the entirety of the film.
Similarly to the first film however, there is a bit of charm to it. The cultivation between father/daughter relationships in the film warms my heart. I loved the chemistry between Paul Rudd and Abby Ryder Fortson. They had some great moments together that gave the audience a bit of a break from the madness. Paul Rudd is also incredibly entertaining. He is completely believable as an everyday guy thrown into a situation bigger (or smaller) than he could have imagined.
I also enjoyed the greater exploration into size that was prominently displayed in this film. Instead of just people in suits shrinking or getting larger, cars and even entire buildings were shrinking and growing at will. In terms of the ‘science’ aspect of the film, this was the only subject that really held any interest for me. The fight scenes were also immensely better than in the first film and that was largely due to the energy and charisma of Evangeline Lilly. In my opinion, her fight with the henchmen in the restaurant was some of the coolest stuff Marvel has done to date. To take advantage of her ability to grow and shrink at will was absolutely phenomenal.
Although lacking in storytelling, this film certainly didn’t lack in jokes. The scene where Paul Rudd is stuck as the size of a toddler in the school was absolutely hilarious. I also enjoyed the small jab at the ‘stereotypical’ Marvel disguise – a baseball hat and sunglasses. When Paul Rudd stated, “we look like ourselves at a baseball game” I just about lost it. But the absolute highlight of the film was Luis. He is the perfect example of how to write a fleshed out secondary character. Story time with Luis was the best part of the film (speaking of which, I still can’t believe TI is a part of the Marvel cinematic universe but that can be analyzed at another time).
Indicated by the end credit scene, we aren’t sure at the moment about the return of our heroes (although it is extremely likely). However, Antman and the Wasp is a fun ride although maybe just a regurgitation of the original.