"Ant-Man and the Wasp" Film Review
By: Nathaniel Simpson
After the heartbreaking film that was "Avengers: Infinity War", Marvel decided to return back to its more comedic films with "Ant-Man and the Wasp", which takes place before the third Avengers film. Even though it may not have been as good as the film that came before it, it is still an extremely fun movie that has great performances from its main stars.
Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is in trouble. After helping Captain America fight against Tony Stark in "Captain America: Civil War", he is now on house arrest for violating the Sokovia Accords. However, when he receives weird messages from a woman that is supposedly Janet Van Dyne (Michele Pfeiffer), he must team up with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope (Evangeline Lily), who are furious with him after the events in Germany.
However, when there is a threat known as Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) gets in their way from going into the Quantum Realm, Ant-Man and Wasp must fight this evil foe to help rescue Hope's mother from the eternal abyss.
This movie serves as a filler film, as Marvel is getting ready to set up the second half of the end to the Infinity Saga. Ant-Man and the Wasp weren't in "Infinity War", so the filmmakers decided to show where our characters were when all of this was taking place. I think they do a really good job of creating a very small, yet entertaining story to tide the audiences over as we wait for the conclusion to the Avengers.
Rudd and Lily are great in this movie, teaming up to be an awesome superhero duo. Their characters are a lot of fun to watch, and they have great on-screen chemistry. It is also great when they are paired up with Douglas, who they are with for most of the film.
I do think this film is more of a step-down from the first film however. Even though this movie is a lot of fun, the humor is sometimes a hit or a miss, and there isn't a lot of the great moments that we saw in the first movie. The story is also very unimportant to what is going on in the MCU, showing that this basically serves as a filler film and nothing else.
Even though it is not as good as the first one, there are still some great comedic moments, as well as great action sequences. Scott has a lot of great moments with his daughter (Abby Ryder Fortson) in this movie that we barely got to see in the first installment. Also, it's awesome to watch our two heroes fight side by side, and then even more crazy when Ant-Man grows the tallest he ever has.
Overall, this is a great film that gives more insight into our characters and helps set up their story arcs for the upcoming films. It would have been great to see more humor and overall action in this film, but it is still a great Marvel film nonetheless.