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Thursday 16 August 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp Review

After the emotional trauma I suffered when watching Avengers: Infinity War I was ready for something a bit lighter from the MCU. When the first Ant-Man was release it immediately became one of my favourite MCU movies and I was hoping the sequel would continue with the humour from the first film. Paul Rudd returns as Scott Lang/Ant-Man along with Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne/Wasp, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Michael Peña as Luis. This time they are joined by Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Randall Park as Jimmy Woo and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne.

The film is set shortly before Infinity War, Scott Lang is under house arrest after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Apparently Scott didn't tell Hope and Hank Pym that he was going to help Captain America and they are mad at him as they have had to go on the run. Scott has a weird dream where he is Janet Van Dyne (Hope's mother and Hank's wife) and contacts Hank as he thinks there is more to it.

Hope picks up Scott as it wasn't a dream but a message from Janet in the Quantum Realm and they can use Scott to track down where Janet is and rescue her. Hank and Janet have been building a big tunnel thing to enter the Quantum Realm but they need a part which they are trying to buy on the black market from Sonny Burch. When Hope goes to pick up the part she is attacked by Ghost a baddie who constantly phases in and out of reality and she takes the part to try and cure herself.

Sonny Burch wants to get his hands on their tech so he can sell it for billions and Hope and Hank only have a few hours to get the tunnel to work or they will loose track of Janet for a century. It's then a race against time For Ant-Man and the Wasp to get the quantum tunnel working so they can rescue Janet as well as making sure the FBI don't find out Scott has been out of his house.

There were some issues I had with the film, it wasn't as original as the first (when are sequels ever, though?) as the plot was a bit predictable and some of characters were under utilised. Laurence Fishburne could've had a better part as his character was very generic and although Ghost was pretty cool concept as a villain I didn't feel she was menacing enough to be genuine threat. Also the fact that Michelle Pfeiffer had been trapped in the Quantum Realm for 30 years but she still managed to have fresh mascara on.

I did however really enjoy Ant-Man and the Wasp, the comedy running through the story is still there from the first film and Paul Rudd is great as the hero with a morally ambiguous past. Walton Goggins is also good as sleazey black market dealer Sonny Burch. The return of Luis was also highlight and his bit with the truth serum was hilarious. I also really liked Scott's efforts to make his FBI handler Jimmy Woo think he is still under house arrest. The fight scenes are really good as Ant-Man and the Wasp constantly changing size make then fights so different from other Superhero fights. I also get a kick out of Giant-Man.

I'm looking forward to see if Ant-Man returns in the next Avengers film and how he will interact with the survivors of Infinity War.

Well, that's all for now.



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