Theatrical Reviews

Ant-Man And The Wasp Review

Ant Man And The Wasp 1

Studio:
Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel   

What’s It About?
Following his involvement in Civil War, Scott Lang is under house arrest, but is called into action once again to help Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne with the Quantum Realm.    

Who’s In It?
Paul Rudd (Clueless, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, & more recently Captain America: Civil War)
Michael Douglas (Wall Street, Basic Instinct, & more recently Unlocked)
Evangeline Lilley (Lost, Real Steel, & more recently The Hobbit films)   

Other notables include:
Michelle Pfeiffer (Dangerous Liaisons, Stardust, & more recently Murder On The Orient Express)
Michael Pena (Crash, End Of Watch, & more recently A Wrinkle In Time)   

Director: Peyton Reed (Bring It On, The Break-Up, Yes Man, & Ant-Man)   

Audiences Expect:
After delivering pergaps the silliest and easily the most fun Marvel instalment in the series, at least until Thor: Ragnarok, Ant-Man was a breath of fresh air in a somewhat overcrowded universe of superhero movies. For lightning to strike twice, especially without the element of surprise, was always going to prove tricky, but Peyton Reed, Paul Rudd and co gamely go for it.
After backing supposedly the wrong horse in Civil War, poor old Scott Lang is currently under house arrest, and trying to fill his time within the confines of his home, despite the unwanted attentions of Agent Woo, played brilliantly by Randall Park.
Meanwhile Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne are in desperate need of Lang’s help as they bid to enter the Quantum Realm – something Lang survived in the first movie - to bring back the original wasp and Pym’s wife Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). And things are made significantly more problematic with the introduction of creepy black market trader Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) and his goons, as well as somewhat mysterious Ghost.
Ant-Man And The Wasp certainly pick up where it left off, clipping along at quite a lick, and Paul Rudd is always entertaining, and manages to keep the jokes coming and the energy levels up, and his perky personality works well with the grumpy Michael Douglas and more serious Evangeline Lilley. Michael Pena is also entertaining once more, but Walton Goggins’ character has little to do, and the Ghost is a pointless and unwelcome distraction.   

In A Nutshell:
Good fun and well worth a watch, but it lacks the originality of the first, and pales to the other recent movies in the franchise.  

Highlight:
Evangeline Lilley kicking ass
Paul Rudd’s charm & delivery as always   

Lowpoint:
Felt a bit weak overall in terms of plot and script


Certificate: 12 / 12A

EDITOR’S CHOICE