Ant-Man and The Wasp Review - A Worthy Infinity War Successor?
Runtime: 118mins | Director: Peyton Reed | Rating: 2.5 Stars
Usually, any time that a new Marvel film is being released I get unashamedly excited like a small puppy. I’m a big comic book nerd and I’m not afraid to admit it.
That being said, I went in with an open mind hoping it would provide the palette cleanse so many reviewers before had claimed it would.
Unfortunately, it didn’t.
Unfortunately, it didn’t.
Ant-Man and The Wasp was no palette cleanser - it was boring and forgettable with a few exceptions which made me exhale slightly harder than usual.
The film begins two years after the events of Captain America: Civil War - the same time that Infinity War’s storyline occurs. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) finds himself bored under house-arrest after helping ‘Cap’, coming up with imaginative ways to entertain his daughter. So, when Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lily) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) come knocking at his door seeking help to rescue Hope’s mother (Michelle Pfeiffer), who is presumed dead in the Quantum Realm, he can’t resist.
Whilst the plot may sound enjoyable, it’s apparent from the outset that this won’t have the scale, importance or depth that Infinity War had. And that’s the key problem - Marvel has shot itself in the foot by escalating the impressiveness of its films. After the jaw-dropping end to Infinity War which left me speechless, suddenly seeing Scott Lang in a dressing gown trying to make too many jokes felt very out of place and poorly timed.
This isn’t helped by the fact the film feels stale too. A lot of the comedy is the same - Luis’s rambling monologues, for example. Whilst Michael Peña is easily the most entertaining character of the film still, some original humour would have been welcomed rather than variations on the previous films’.
On top of this, I couldn’t help disliking Evangeline Lily and Michael Douglas throughout.
In a film which prides itself on light-hearted comedy and relatable characters, both Lily and Douglas are too cold and blunt - not once while they’re on screen did they make me laugh. Admittedly, Lily kicks ass throughout and it’s exciting to see her adopt the mantle of The Wasp, but their dialogue really brings them down and an actor as prestigious as Douglas felt wasted.
And, to add to this (as per) the villains were awful. Ghost had some depth but ultimately, was boring and forgettable. We are given a brief insight into her past which aims to make us feel sorry for her - but then, in the same breath, she threatens to kidnap a child which drains any sympathy I may have had for her. Walton Goggins’ southern black-market arms dealer is no better either and acts more as a pawn to further the story than an actual character. This is only worsened when you compare them to Thanos, their predecessor, who is arguably the greatest comic-book-movie villain to have ever graced the silver screen.
That being said, Ant-Man and The Wasp isn’t all bad.
For me, the redeeming quality of this film, like in the first, is how they cleverly mess with the size of objects and people.
In the first film, who could forget the iconic Thomas the Tank Engine scene? Well, whilst there was no stand-out scene like that in the sequel, it was amusing to see a gigantic Hello Kitty Pez dispenser hurled out a car as an obstacle as well as an assortment of enlarged functioning Hot Wheels cars which are later used in a surprisingly enjoyable car chase set piece.
Ultimately though, Ant-Man and The Wasp is an expected but minor disappointment. Arguably, this is through no fault of its own – after all, how can you easily follow a film like Infinity War – the culmination of ten years work? That being said, the repetitive, unoriginal humour, boring villains and unambitious storyline didn’t help. I also struggled to see the relevance it had to the overarching MCU storyline other than explaining where Ant-Man was during Infinity War and what occurs in the first credit scene.
Oh, well. With Ant-Man and The Wasp out the way, we now have Captain Marvel to look forward to – a film I couldn’t be more excited to see and one that is sure to have a huge impact on the MCU as a whole!
To watch the trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp – click here!