July 04, 2018

Ant-Man and The Wasp is in theaters on July 6th, 2018.

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: "Ant-Man and The Wasp." In the aftermath of "Captain America: Civil War," Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne (played by Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

Ant-Man and The Wasp is directed by Peyton Reed (who directed the first “Ant-Man” as well as “Yes Man”) and takes place directly before Avengers: Infinity War. I had a lot of fun with this film. Reed was able to capture the same magic from the first film while still staying on a micro scale in comparison to recent films like Avengers: Infinity War and Justice League. And having a superhero movie that isn’t about the end of the world is very refreshing. This film also had the same charisma and humor from the full cast. But the stand outs were Paul Rudd (previously seen in “I Love You, Man” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) and Michael Peña (previously seen in “End of Watch” and “Crash”). Their comradery with their friend group was fantastic. Every time Peña was on screen a joke was right around the corner. And the humor in this film was fantastic! It had me laughing throughout the full film. And the final thing I wanted to mention was how outstanding the pacing was. The near two hour run time felt like it flew by in thirty minutes!

This film is a lot of fun, but it does have its issues as well. To start, the characters of Ghost (played by Hannah John-Kamen) and Dr. Bill Foster (played by Laurence Fishburne) were very underdeveloped. They definitely have potential, but I think they needed a lot more development to be memorable. We will see if Marvel brings them back. I also thought Sonny Burch (played by Walton Goggins) was a complete waste of a character and screen time. His moments were underwhelming and in the end not to central to the plot. And the final thing I want to mention is the quantum realm. With the first film foreshadowing of Pym’s wife being stuck in the quantum realm, I really wanted more explanation of the realm. This would have helped expanded the MCU even more.

Over all, this film is a blast that you can bring the whole family to! The humor is great and there are some awesome action scenes. But what is really refreshing about it all is the small scale of the film. Not every block buster has to be about the end of all times, and Ant-Man and the Wasp proved that perfectly. Definitely go out to see this film soon, and be sure to stay for the end credit scenes. They are really good!

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Cabell Cabell (Senior Contributor) is a filmmaker from Tampa, Florida. He will watch just about any film but when he's not reviewing the latest hits he spends time directing films of his own.
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