Dir. Peyton Reed
Reviewed by Matt (@Cleric20) Adcock
“Nothing can prepare you for what's coming.”
They say it’s not the size that matters but this sequel is a medium sized follow up that brings some light-hearted super fun in the wake of the epic Infinity War. Don’t come here for ‘what happens next to the Avengers’ though as the events occur at about the same time as the huge battle against Thanos (although that is never actually acknowledged unless you stay for the after the credit scene).
The big addition here is the Wasp (Evangeline “The Hurt Locker’ Lilly) who steals the show as the newest mini super-hero on the block. The Wasp packs an upgraded suit with wings and blasters – at one point Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) asks the suit creator Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) ‘So I take it you didn't have that tech available for me?’ to which he gets the reply ‘No, I did’…
Director Peyton Reed aims to keep the comedy knockabout feel from the first film and this is helped through Scott's efforts to avoid breaking his house arrest FBI curfew imposed on him after the events of Civil War. Alas, the writing whilst funny does miss even the remnants of Edgar Wright’s input to the first film and although amusing there is little that feels iconic.
Everything bounces along in fine style though packing in a new threat from a quantum shifting / walk-through-walls ‘ghost’ (Hannah ‘Ready Player One’ John-Kamen) which adds a fun dynamic to some of the fight scenes.
The main plot thread sees Hank’s desperate mission to attempt to save his wife from the trippy quantum realm. This is handled well as it’s pretty ‘out there’ kind of stuff for a mainstream Marvel action-comedy.
The set pieces mostly involve the size changing Ant-Man not having full control of his experimental new suit and they are often played for laughs. Watching Scott grow and shrink at the most inopportune times is comedy gold. One stand out scene sees him stuck at dwarf sized whilst attempting to steal something from his daughters’ school.
Paul Rudd is so likeable that he helps carry the feel-good factor of the film and he’s helped by the return of bumbling thief-turned businessman Luis (Michael Peña) who has a blast – especially in a funny ‘truth serum’ scene.
Overall Ant-Man and the Wasp is a perfect throwaway fun summer superhero romp which will make you smile and engage you with its medium-sized action….
Out of a potential 5 you have to go with a Darkmatters:
(3.5 - Fun super action for all sizes)
Awesomeness öööö – Some great action set pieces
Laughs öööö – Lots of funnies
Horror öö – Nothing too grim but some violence
Spiritual Enlightenment öö - Teamwork FTW