‘A bit disappointed in the villain’
Ant-Man and the Wasp, 2018
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Forston, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas
Strangely taking place before the events of Avengers: Infinity Wars, Ant-Man and the Wasp reintroduces us to Scott/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) who is still under house arrest but is forced out to help Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank (Michael Douglas) as they try to rescue Hank’s wife, Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer, Murder on the Orient Express), who has been lost in the quantum realm for 30 years. However they are not the only one who want the technology to access the quantum realm while the police are eager to catch Scott outside of his home, which would break his house-arrest.
Ant-Man and the Wasp carries on the humour from the first film, humour which has also found its way into a number of MCU films lately, and for the most part it works. There are a few instances of the humour feeling forced or the jokes weren’t as funny as they could have been (an issue which plagued Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 after its hilarious earlier film), but it’s never too terrible. They even made a good joke about how often characters said ‘quantum’, which thankfully Scott noted as that was what I was thinking throughout.
However, I was a bit disappointed in the villain. The Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) is a very clever villain and her powers are really good, but she never truly feels like this massive villain that Scott will tremendously struggle to overcome. And the FBI and the criminals who sell tech on the black market never present much of a challenge, rather a distraction. And this all comes to pass when there’s a car-chase scene where they’re each exchanging the shrunken building. It’s all very fun and entertaining to watch, but Ghost never feels as daunting as someone such as Thanos (I understand Thanos is the almighty villain but even on other MCU films villains feel strong and powerful), nor does her backstory be fully explained in a way that’s clever or unique, simply retelling a story that has been told in other films in different ways. She acts fine and her character is pretty cool, but as a villain she feels a bit flat.
It’s a fun film but its placement in the MCU timeline is a bit strange. Surely they could have had Avengers: Infinity War in this slot with Ant-Man and the Wasp taking place in April as it means the fallout from Thanos’ actions are now fortgotten briefly as we travel to a time before it happened. Also, the film doesn’t do much to explain Scott’s location during the events of Infinty War. The comedy works for the most part, the villain is fine for the most part and the action is entertaining for the most part. It’s nothing that will blow you away in terms of how amazing it is, but it’s certainly an entertaining film.
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