Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
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Directed By: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Michelle Pfeiffer, Walton Goggins, Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Laurence Fishburne
Ant-Man and the Wasp marks the return of Marvel’s tiniest action hero with expansive action sequences and a family drama. For a change a Marvel movie is not about saving the world or the universe or some such but instead it is about a family reunion. Ant-Man and the Wasp also explains Ant-Man’s absence from the Avengers-Infinity War.
Ant-Man and the Wasp begins after the events of Captain America: Civil War- Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is under house arrest for assisting Captain America and breaking the Sokovia Accords. Scott is close to completing the stipulated two years of house arrest. He passes his time by playing with his kid and setting up a security business with his associates Luis (Michael Pena), Dave (Tip Harris) and Kurt (David Dastmalchian). Just as he is about to be free, he reaches out to his former associates Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). Both are on the run for the past two years from FBI (because of Paul’s role in the Civil War).
Hank, after Scott’s successful return from the quantum realm in Ant-Man, believes he can bring back his wife Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from it. They (father- daughter) build a lab and a quantum tunnel to reach out to Janet who they believe might still be alive. Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins), a black market dealer, covets their technology which he believes to be the future. The lab is also under threat by Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) who, aided by Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne) wants to use it for her survival. And so Hank and Hope fight Ghost, Sonny, FBI and more importantly, time in order to reach Janet. Whether they are able to save Janet or not forms the rest of the plot.
Ant-Man and the Wasp knows it has limited scope and it excels within that scope. Action sequences are much better than in the previous installment. There is a brilliant car chase which has been shot keeping in with the essence of the movie. Ant-Man and this movie have established a franchise with its character and can stand on its own with the Thors, the Iron Mans and the Captain Americas. Ant-Man and the Wasp introduces lot of characters like Bill Foster, Ghost, Janet and the Wasp which sets up the franchise nicely.
The movie equally belongs to Hope/Wasp. Lilly has blossomed to her full bloom and she packs a punch. She naturally has to be the center of everything as the rescue mission is for her mother. She balances both emotion and action with aplomb. This movie establishes Wasp as a major superhero in the Marvel Universe. Paul Rudd carries on his sense of humor from the last movie. Scott helps Hope and Pym while trying not to get caught by FBI agent Jimmy woo (Randall Park). I liked the dynamics of the relationship between Scott and Hope where Scott is comical, irreverent and humble while Hope is focused. Hank, due to his guilt is driven in his quest to get back Janet from the quantum realm.
The support cast is good and make it a well rounded movie. Laurence Fishburne makes the crossover from DC to MCU. Ghost makes a good villain and makes the audience sympathize with her plight. I believe more is to follow in her character arc. A conversation between Cassie and Scott indicates that his daughter in future (like in the comics) will be a superhero too. Also, in the present, she is adorable and just lights up the scenes. But the best of the lot is Michael Pena as Luis. He carries his character in same vein and has a monologue similar to the first movie. This one is bigger, better and more hilarious.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is an enjoyable movie with plenty of action, comedy and emotion. Watch it and wait for the end credits and definitely share your rating above.
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