Planetary Thoughts: Ant-Man and The Wasp Movie Review! I’m going to break down my Planetary Thoughts into two sections: First, No Spoilers for those who haven’t seen it yet – Then a Spoiler area below, for those who have seen it, or for some reason, like spoilers.
Ok, now that you’re caught up, you’re ready to see what Scott Lang and the gang are up to: The story picks up after the events of Captain America: Civil War and Scott Lang is on house arrest for breaking the Sokovia Accords. Scott is making the best of his down time by spending quality time with his daughter and starting a letigamate business with Luis, Dave and Kurt. Dr. Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne are on the run from the government and haven’t been in contact with Scott. They are holding out on the hopes that they can rescue Janet Van Dyne from the Quantum Realm, where she has been trapped for 30 years.
All of the major players from the first Ant-Man movie are back, with a few welcome additions: Sonny Burch, Ghost, Bill Foster, Jimmy Woo and Janet Van Dyne. Everyone turns in good performances, especially Michael Peña as Luis, who has incredible comic timing and enthusiastic energy. I also really enjoyed Randall Park’s performance as Jimmy Woo, who had perfect comedic chemistry with Paul Rudd. Hannah John-Kamen was fantastic as a manic and desperate Ghost, who wasn’t a typical villain. Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Douglass all turn in great performances, as you would expect. Abby Ryder Fortson is very charming as Scott’s daughter Cassie. Evangeline Lilly is simply fantastic as The Wasp, she really got to shine as her superhero persona.
The action in this movie is extremely well choreographed and the visual effects are some of the best I have seen in a while. The use of Ghost as a villain pays off well, since her power set is visually very different from those of Ant-Man or The Wasp. The digital de-aging of some of the older actors in flashbacks was done very well, I feel like the visual effects for this movie were extremely well done.
This is a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, so if you want that extra push into the direction the franchise is going, stay tuned for two extra scenes: A Mid-Credits scene and a Post Credits scene. They are worth the wait!
Some spoilery thoughts on the Ant-Man and The Wasp movie:
“The 60’s were great, but now I’m paying for it.”
Some of my favorite funny moments were Stan Lee’s cameo, Luis on truth serum, Paul Rudd channeling Michelle Pfeiffer and Jimmy Woo’s awkward banter with Scott Lang. I thought the use of comedy and humor fit well with the tone of the movie.
In the comics, Ghost was originally an Iron Man villain, but in a flashback, the father of Ghost (aka Ava Starr)was revealed to have been Elihas Starr (aka Egghead)a villainfrom the Ant-Man comic books.
“Thanks to you, we had to run. We’re still running.“
While the first Ant-Man movie was centered around a heist plot, Ant-Man and The Wasp is more of a chase caper, with the heroes on the run. I was a little worried we were going to get the trope of Janet having been lost in the quantum realm, only to return home to become a villain, but thankfully that didn’t go that way. Unfortunately, things don’t end up so great either way since…
*Snap!* “I’ve got the Power!”
The effects of Thanos’ Infinty War Gauntlet snap catch up with Scott and company in the Mid and Post credits scenes, where a ton of “Marvel Science” is introduced. We see that Hank, Janet and Hope are using Scott to dive into the Quantum Realm to retrieve “Healing Energy”. While in the Quantum Realm, Scott loses contact with Hank and company, then it is revealed that they fell victim to the Thanos snap as we see their dust float away. The second after credits scene twists the knife even more as we see the city in a state of emergency and are teased with the message that “Ant-Man and The Wasp will return?” That question mark really makes you think, huh???
Ant-Man and The Wasp is a worthy sequel and a great palate cleanser after Avengers Infinity War. The cast is perfect and the humor and action is on point. There are some great size changing effects and also some wonderful character moments with a lot of heart. We saw it in IMAX 2D, but I’m hoping to see it in 3D next time. The story is very self contained, and fast paced, which actually is my only nitpick: I would have liked more time with these great characters! Definitely recommended! 4.5 Stars! Fandango- Ant-Man and the Wasp in Theaters 7/6!
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