Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Hannah John-Kamen, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Written by: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 1 hr 58 min.
My 2 Cents:
As Scott Lang fights house arrest, he finds time to assist Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hamk Pym with an urgent mission to save Dr. Pym’s wife, Janet.
Okay, this was a lot of fun and arguably a step up in quality over the first film. Don’t get me wrong, the first Ant-Man movie was fun, but was bogged down with a lot of world-building, and as such, suffered (but only a little). The second installment can move past those ‘origin story’ restrictions, and can tell a tale a little more involved, a little more complicated (in a good way), and a whole lot more interesting.
Ant-Man and the Wasp manages to do three things and make it all work. First, it brings all the old characters back from the first film. Second, it introduces not one, but three credible foils, and three, ties this story together with the entire Marvel cinematic universe. It does all these things in a believable way and not once did I think it was too much. They got the balance right here, they really did.
Evangeline Lilly is great as the Wasp, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer are great as the older scientific couple, and Paul Rudd, once again, proves he’s perfect for the role of Ant-Man. Luis (Michael Peña) gets in another great story to tell, and all the science-y stuff seems reasonable to me. I honestly thought every element got just the right amount of time and every single story got concluded.
This is a film that knew it was a sequel and just ran with that. I know that sounds strange, but I often think studios don’t give their audiences more credit, and weigh there sequels down with a little too much—hey, remember this from the first film? Or how about this? What about this guy? Kind of thing. When they should be getting on with the new story and how it connects with the MCU. Ant-Man and the Wasp does this. Perfectly.