By Brennan Dube | @Brennan_Dube71R
‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is the sequel to the 2015 film ‘Ant-Man’ and it is the 20th film in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Paul Rudd returns to star as ‘Ant-Man’ the unlikely hero, and Evangeline Lilly stars alongside him as the ‘Wasp.’ Here is my review.
‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ carries such a simple plot that it makes for a good time, the film does a good job at taking you out of the conundrum of grand and epic crowdedness that was ‘Infinity War’ and lets you take a step back and just focus on something small. Paul Rudd is strong again in the role of ‘Ant-Man’ but he’s even better as ‘Scott Lang.’ When I say that I mean that Rudd and child actress Abby Ryder Fortson, do a great job with the whole father-daughter dynamic. It gives off strong feel-good vibes. Overall the acting in this movie was solid but it is the writing and comedic timing that let me down.
With ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ you expect light-hearted fun, and you get that. You also expect comedy, and you get that as well, but it isn’t as well placed as other recent MCU films. I did laugh in this movie as its light-hearted comedy was effective, but there were definitely more times in the film where timing is missed and jokes fall flat. I enjoy going to these films and having a good time and laughing a good bunch but I find that when comedy is trying to be inserted in times that should really be serious, these films suffer.
Rudd’s charisma and the charm of the cast make this film loads more enjoyable. The unlikeliness of ‘Scott Lang’ being a hero such as ‘Ant-Man’ and the unlikeliness of ‘Ant-Man’ being a hero at all makes him much easier to root for. The connection between Rudd and Lilly is well portrayed, but at the same time it is also rather basic and doesn’t offer you much of an urge to show support or root for their bond. The villain in this film is rather weak. Unmotivated, or rather unfocused writing makes her more of a missed opportunity than anything.
Good special effects and rather entertaining action sequences make for prime entertainment that is most enjoyed at the movies theatre. The dynamic of our heroes being able to shrink and enlarge in size is really fun to see be played out on the big screen. All gripes aside, I did have a fun time with this film and it was an enjoyable movie. The story was difficult to grab on to but still solid enough that it was buyable and the solid charm and charisma of the cast really sold the movie as a fun time.
The big plus: The cast is having fun with this film and that vibe can be felt as a viewer, the movie offers good action sequences and a light-hearted fun.
Where it lacks: Weak villain and untimely comedy hurt this film and put it down a notch from some more recent MCU movies.
While this movie has really good fun within it, it lacks the amount of substance that would actually get me engaged. Rudd does a good job in his role and ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is a worthy addition to the MCU, but it is a step down from recent films even in terms of comedic approach and villain build up.
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