Another weekend, another chance for Disney to take the box office with their franchises. Tonight, the latest Marvel movie appears to try and steal the bucks from all other competitions as it tries to follow the biggest movie event of the year Infinity War. Can the rogue hero Ant-Man make a film of wavering size… or is it just a placeholder until Avengers 4 comes to life next spring? Robbie K here ready to write the review on:
Movie: Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)
Fun/Family Friendly: If you remember the first movie, you know that these movies are fun and very friendly to just about everyone. Ant-Man and The Wasp continues the family friendly fun and keeping it appropriate for all ages. The pace keeps things moving, bringing with it a constantly entertaining movie that will keep the audience’s attention with ease. Little kids will be impressed with all the excitement and constant moving, while the comic fans will relish the graphic novel qualities of the film.
Character Development: Despite all the chaos in this film, Ant-Man 2 is all about evolving the characters to the next level. Scott (Rudd) is all about trying to balance work, family, and saving the world, all while trying to push past the fears that dwell around him. Hope (Lilly) and Hank (Michael Douglas) are on a quest themselves, but while doing this, strive to push past the boundary established form mistakes past. It’s heartwarming, cute, and surprisingly deeper than expected, but doesn’t divert from the story to make the point, rather integrating this into all the tales. It works well and develops a crew you want to follow this journey through.
Good Main Villain: Marvel baddies have all been extreme characters who go over the edge. From CGI titans to hormonal, vengeful aspiring kings, the Wave 3 crew has lost much of the balance some of the earlier villains had. Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) is a character that backpedals into a balanced character, an antagonist who won’t annoy you to hating them for their grandiose flaws. She’s got some backstory, is integrated well to other characters, and remains embedded in the story to develop alongside the rest of the cast.
Funny: See my previous reviews, but Ant-Man 2 rocks in regards to being comedically entertaining. The writing is the start of this ride, a blend of comedic styles that will appease just about everyone who loves to laugh whether it be from banter or a well-timed insult. Director Peyton Reed kept things balanced with this work, and therefore didn’t overdo the comedy, or should I say overuse a comedic style. Yet the actors who bring the words to life get the final round of applause for making the most out of comedic gold. Rudd’s sarcasm, but his relaxed atmosphere works fantastically. Douglas style is all about dry sarcasm and stoic delivery to counter the energy of just about every character in the crew. Yet… it’s Michael Peñawho really shines in this movie. His energy, his confusion, his surprise and his yelling were all fantastic qualities to make him the king of the comedy in this movie.
More Bite from Bad Guys: Ghost has got skills and a story, but she is lacking that bite that Marvel Villains are known to have. I can’t say much without ruining too much, but this more balanced mercenary is in need of a little more hate/angst to drive her actions, in hopes of making for a more suspenseful tale. In regards to Sonny (Walton Goggins) well he was meant to be a little more deceptive and menacing, but his malice was diluted due to the comedic direction of the movie.
Too Much Comedy?: Disney’s last wave of movies is very heavily focused on making people laugh in some form or manner. While it is always good to laugh, I feel this approach is limiting the potential of the movie to be as balanced and exciting as the first few waves. Ant-Man 2 is fun and entertaining, but the comedy becomes the primary focus and sort of dilutes the other qualities of the film at times. In the case of this movie it is the suspense and action that take most of the hits. Speaking of which…
The Action: The First Ant-Man had all the props out to utilize the technology of the hero of varying sizes. As they train to break in, we get exciting military like strategy, before a very fast and engaging fight between two suits. This movie started out with a good fight led by Wasp, which showed off girl power to all proportions. After that… not much else happened even at the end where the exciting climax was a little silly than amazing. Yes, it is entertaining, but it didn’t have all the pizazz and edge like the first film, and did fall into repetitive maneuvers that were okay. Again, still fun, but just didn’t reach the levels of the first for me.
Overall, the sequel to Ant-Man works on many levels and does its job at the follow-up to the big, bad Infinity War. It’s placeholder status has plenty of fun, laughs, and entertainment for the whole family and will certainly keep everyone chuckling by some means. In addition, it has a thousand times better character development than expected, and gives all the players ample involvement in the story, despite all the laughing you will be doing. Still, it’s not the most thrilling or exciting of the bunch primarily that the bad guys are not as malicious and the comedy floods much of the movie and washing away the other qualities. However, it is absolutely worth the trip to the theater with your friends and family, to just enjoy the ride. Of note: The Mid-Credits scene will tie the film to Infinity War and the end credit is another laugh.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 7.5