Monday, August 06, 2018

Movie Review: 'Ant-Man And The Wasp'

Now FINALLY out in the UK!

I thought it was pretty good. A definite, and much needed, shift in tone from the intensity and seriousness of 'Avengers: Infinity War', keeping the levity and humour of the original 'Ant-Man'. Some scenes were really laugh out loud funny too! In particular the scenes with Michael Peña (who stole the show with his scenes, I loved the 'truth serum' scene) and the guys in his security company.

The action scenes were pretty cool as well. Evangeline Lilly's The Wasp kicks serious ass, flitting from real size to micro sized and back again in an instant, all the time dealing serious smackdown to the film's villains in her action scenes - of which there are plenty to enjoy (the kitchen fight scene and the car chase in particular are pretty good)!

Having said that though, a minor criticism of the movie is that the villains aren't big bads on the scale of some of the previous MCU movies. But they do serve a purpose that drives the narrative forward. Walton Scoggins' villain does come across as almost cartoonish at times and Hannah John-Kamen's Ghost is impressive and does have her reasons for why she's doing what she does in the movie, as explained in the inevitable flashback info dump,. She is almost redeemable by the end of the film, and as such, I'm intrigued as to what happens to her character, and if we see her again in the future.

Overall though, it's a fun, exciting, action packed, fast paced and funny movie, with Paul Rudd in fine form, playing off some great chemistry from Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas, and the supporting cast of Peña, Randall Park's ever frustrated FBI officer Jimmy Woo, Abby Ryder Forton as Scott Lang's daughter Cassie, plus Laurence Fishburne and Michelle Pfeiffer were really good too.

As always, being a Marvel movie, stay through the end credits for a couple of bonus scenes. I will say that the first of the end credit scenes is a bit of a stinger, but it does bring things forward in the MCU post Infinity War Snap timeline. The second, right at the end, is just for fun.