REVIEW: Ant-Man and the Wasp Is A Perfectly Fine And Harmless Summer Comedy
In 2015, Disney and Marvel Studios released Ant-Man, their most small-scale superhero film to this date. It performed well at the box office and was critically praised even after ten years of production issues, so now, two years later, we have been graced with a sequel.
Peyton Reed and the entire cast return in Ant-Man and the Wasp, a perfectly harmless and okay summer action-comedy.
Fresh off the first climax of Captain America: Civil War, Paul Rudd's Scott Lang is stuck on house arrest, trying to run a business with his buddies and be a good father to his daughter, all returning from the first outing. Paul Rudd is absolutely electric as always, providing a great sense of comedy to mundane situations. He torpedos what would be average scenes into very funny and clever moments, making the film a delight to watch throughout.
When Paul Rudd gets together with Evangeline Lily's Hope Van Dyne however, the film is at its best. The camaraderie and chemistry that the two have together on-screen is fantastic and is the core heart of the movie. The Wasp is well developed, interesting and serves a purpose in the story, becoming one of my favorite heroes Marvel has presented within her screen time. The supporting cast are all outstanding as well, including the outrageously funny Michael Peña, David Dastmalchian and T.I.
The villains of the film are refreshingly small-scale. No one is trying to take over the world or kill the hero this time around, but their motivations are instead more personal and humble. Hannah John-Kamen, recommended to Marvel by Steven Spielberg himself, is fun as Ghost, the main antagonist of the film. Ghost isn't the best villain we've seen and she's also not the worst, she's perfectly adequate and average, as are most aspects of this movie.
As for filmmaking aspects, Ant-Man and the Wasp is just okay. The cinematography is nothing special, ranging from disgustingly grey to devoid of color completely. Nothing insane is done camera-wise, save for a few shots regarding the Quantum Realm, a place in the film where Peyton Reed really gets to shine. His comedic direction is great and his ability to harness an obviously already funny cast is admirable, but behind the camera there isn't too much going on.
The story also can be ludicrously stale at certain moments and the film does feel considerably longer than it should be. Overall, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a perfectly adequate and funny summer blockbuster which will be forgotten in a few months. It is definitely worth your time and the admission price.