“Ant-Man and the Wasp” receives a growing upgrade!
As far as Marvel films go, this film may surpass positive reviews by critics and audiences. This film marks the return of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man and Evangeline Lilly who will be the star as the Wasp. Michael Douglas and Michael Peña return as their supportive helpers.
“Ant-man” is like an all-new “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” movie, but in a superhero version. This film serves as the small plot leak for the Avengers: Infinity War and the upcoming Avengers 4. The latest installment centers on Scott Lang (Rudd) who tries to balance his life as an ordinary house-father and his superhero role as Ant-Man. When the new mission arrives, he must team up with another ant-hero called the Wasp (Lilly).
Peyton Reed’s direction, while outstanding, is somewhat cheesy compared to the original “Ant-Man,” which he directed, and others including Baby Driver, and Doctor Strange. The comedy also adds a nice touch, thanks to scriptwriters and the supporting actor Peña who keeping his personality real and plays the part pretty straightforward just like it was before.
I enjoyed the comedy provided by Douglas as Hank Pym, Randall Park (Jimmie Woo), and Abby Ryder Fortson as Cassie, Scott’s daughter. Tip "T.I." Harris as Dave and David Dastmalchian were humorous as well.
I love the action sequences, which create stunning experience. They were highly detailed compared to the Fast and the Furious films, Baby Driver, and any road-chasing films you may have seen. There’s are extra-points gag when the visual effects are well-done
The villain portrayed by Hannah John-Kamen (Ava/Ghost) who appears on and off-screen is more problematic. The villain is in this film much more irreverent than in other Marvel films. The setting is a big question. The filmmakers did not consider the time period, although there was a theory that this film takes place after Captain America: Civil War.
My favorite scenes from “Ant-Man and the Wasp” are Peña’s character, Luis, which will bring down the house. Marvel comic legend Stan Lee has a funny cameo, and the post-credits scene produce non-stop laughs.
I actually met Stan Lee in person when he comes to Dallas, Texas in April 2017 on his final Texas appearance and I know he keeps up with his cameos in upcoming Marvel films. The sequence builds anticipation for “Avengers 4” and it is best post-credit scene to date out of many of the Marvel films. Be aware that this upcoming sequel will be released in May 2019.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is delightful in that delivers action-packed sequences, laugh-out-loud experiences, and stunning stunts. Rudd, Lilly, Douglas and Peña really fit the bill. Anyone who is a fan of Ant-Man or any Marvel character, will enjoy this bad boy. It’s a fun-filled adventure with Ant-Man with more funny stories from Peña.
Running time: 118 minutes.
(Review by Henry Pham)