Updated: Oct 4, 2018
Film: Antman and the wasp Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly Hanna John Kamen, Michael Douglas Michelle Pfeiffer, Abby Rider Fortson Director: Peyton Reed Review: Klep Napier Rating: 3.5X's out of 5X's Ok first, let's get this out of the way by saying that Ant-Man and the Wasp serves its purpose well! What we mean by that is that by now it's known that every remaining Marvel film within phase 3 of the cinematic universe will play a huge part in the overall 'endgame' leading into phase 4. Ant-Man and the Wasp do that within one post credit scene!
But let's talk about the film. It's been 2 years since #ScottLang aka Ant-man [#Paulrudd], snuck away to help #captainamerica during Civil War and now he's paying the price. Placed on house arrest, Lang has been confined to his home for two years, where the only action he sees is imaginary heist games during visits from his daughter #cassielang and his partner Luis. A freak incident relating to Scott's trip into the quantum realm during the first film turn Scott into a person of interest to #HopeVanDyne [#EvangelineLilly] and #HankPym [#MichaelDouglas] in hopes of finding a way back into the quantum realm in order to save their mother/wife #JanetVanDyne [#MichellePfeiffer]. Can they do this without a run in with the villainous #Ghost [#HannahJohnKamen]?
This movie keeps the same pace as the first film with lots and laughs, a bit of suspense/action and many tie-ins with the cinematic universe. The stand out however, would have to go to Evelangelina Lilly and her performance as the Wasp. She is the back bone of all of the action in this film.
Ant-Man and the Wasp serves as a filler film to get your feet wet for what's to come. It serves a stand-alone movie and a pretty good one at that. Our only concern is that it may have been rushed plot-wise, leaving many plot holes. They just expect you to "get it" at this point. Marvel is going into a more mystical/multi-dimensional phase and if you're not in touch with the overall journey of these heroes, then this film may just seem wackier than an acid trip. But, we assure you the kids will love it! The newcomer to the MCU [#Lawrencefishburn] plays #billfoster aka #Goliath who's presence feels necessary at first, given the history of the character within the comics, but didn't really deliver much as the character felt used in order to create more depth in the film. Another issue we had was the forceful use of the villain Ghost. It's obvious the film needed an antagonist and it feels on purpose, but it had a weak back story montage. There was no build up origin story to send the overall story on its way. Instead, the villain is dropped on us midway through and you're just expected to hop on the ride and get back to the way, how come later. This is what makes Ant-man feel like just a film that is used to fill in the gaps between more popular Marvel films. We genuinely mean it when we say, it serves its purpose and then it's done.
Overall it's a fun movie that most will still enjoy, but the actual pay off for the MCU fans isn't until it's first post credit scene. So stick around till the end. It will be worth it!
Check out the trailer HERE! Ant-Man & The Wasp