Movie Review – ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

Last weekend on Saturday, I saw the movie ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’! And I have to tell you, I really enjoyed it! I haven’t even seen the first movie yet! And yet I still enjoyed ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’. It was so easy to get into as a film and I enjoyed all the comedy, drama and action scenes throughout.

By the way, I will get onto seeing the first ‘Ant-Man’ movie soon and review it on my blog. It’s on my list of things to do when I come to reviewing Phase Two of the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ on DVD. I could’ve seen the first ‘Ant-Man’ movie before I saw ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’, but I decided not to.

Saying that though, this is not the first time I’ve seen Ant-Man in a movie before. Oh no! I first saw Ant-Man when he made an appearance in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ which I saw at the cinema back in May 2016. There are even references to Ant-Man’s appearance from that movie in this film.

So what can I tell you about ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ from seeing it at the cinema? Well, it coincides at the same time that the events of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ happened. The film even ends with something that happened from ‘Avengers: Infinity War’s chilling climax, but that’s just to tease you.

The film’s about Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man who reunites with Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne who has now become the super-heroine called the Wasp. Both Ant-Man and the Wasp team up with Hope’s father, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym in order to rescue his wife and Hope’s mother.

Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp, got trapped in the quantum realm when she and Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, were a superhero duo. Can Scott Lang as Ant-Man with Hope van Dyne as the Wasp work together to rescue Hank Pym’s wife and to defeat the villainous Ghost?

I enjoyed Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in this movie. He’s a cocky hero with a sense of humour. I loved the scenes he had with his little daughter Cassie and the relationships he had with Hope and her father Hank Pym. Apparently Paul Rudd was one of the writers of the ‘Ant and the Wasp’ movie.

Evangeline Lilly is great to watch as Hope van Dyne/the Wasp in this film. For me, Evangeline Lilly played Tauriel in ‘The Hobbit’ movie trilogy. It was interesting to see how Hope’s relationship with Scott Lang played out in this film and there was tension despite the possible romantic thing going on.

As well as Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfieffer (who played Catwoman in ‘Batman Returns’ and was in the 2017 film ‘Murder on the Orient Express’), there’s also Michael Peña as Luis and Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch. And there’s also Bobby Cannavale as Jim Paxton and Judy Greer as Maggie.

There’s also Tip ‘T.I’ Harris as Dave and David Dastmalchian as Kurt. Hannah John-Kamen stars as the villainous Ava Starr/the Ghost. There’s Abby Ryder-Fortson as Cassie, Scott Lang’s daughter; Randall Park as Jimmy Woo and Laurence Fishburne (who was in ‘The D.C. Extended Universe’) as Bill Foster.

I enjoyed the action sequences throughout this film as well as the CGI effects for when Ant-Man and the Wasp grow giant-sized and miniaturise to become ant-sized. There were a number of times when the comedy played out well and it was balanced with the action scenes featured in the movie.

There were also some really good moments of strong character drama throughout the film. ‘Ant and the Wasp’ is a film that made me care about the characters, even though I’ve not seen the first film. I don’t think a lot of superhero films do that these days. This film was definitely one that did it for me.

‘Ant and the Wasp’ is a great superhero film from the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’. I enjoyed seeing it at the cinema. I hope I’ll get onto seeing the first ‘Ant-Man’ film sometime soon so that I can see ‘Ant and the Wasp’ again and get a clearer idea of the story, along with ‘Captain America: Civil War’.

The performances of the cast are brilliant and the action sequences are amazing, well-balanced with the comedy throughout. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are excellent in their roles of Ant-Man and the Wasp. Who knows where the Ant-Man story will go next after seeing the conclusion of this film?

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Movie Review – ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

  1. The post credit tease i think they made a error, the battle was happening on Earth a while so why was they doing this experiment & not aiding the Avengers?

    Great review Tim, i enjoyed it but thought lacked strong villains, Ghosts arc wasn’t fleshed out enough for me & her walking off at the end felt unresolved & Walter Goggins was wasted as Sonny Burch.

    Michael Douglas was awesom as always & liked Michelle Pfeiffer as Hanks wife & while i enjoyed Paul Rudd & Evangeline Lilly i fels she as The Wasp overshadowed Ant-Man in the action scenes.

    I still prefer the first movie over this but it’s a enjoyable entertaining watch despite a few shortcomings.

    3/5

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    • Yeah it does seem vague on the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ connection with regards to this film. I’ve only seen ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ once but Nick Fury’s cameo at the end of that film seemed subtle in connection to the big events that were happening. Not sure why Ant-Man and Wasp didn’t join in the fight either, but it’ll be interesting to see how it gets resolved along with ‘Captain Marvel’ to lead into ‘Avengers 4’ next year.

      Glad you enjoyed my review on ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’. Yeah the Ghost’s story arc and background seemed a bit weak but I enjoyed watching her character and trying to understand her motivations. I didn’t think we’d be seeing the Walter Goggins character again after that first scene of his. I wondered what was he doing back here again apart from being annoying.

      Yeah I suppose Ant-Man did overshadow the Wasp’s appearance in this movie as there should’ve been a balance between the two. But I enjoyed how they interacted with each other as characters.

      I’ve yet to see the first ‘Ant-Man’ movie but I look forward to when I get the chance too soon. Maybe seeing the first ‘Ant-Man’ movie will change my mind about the second one.

      Thanks for your comments and sharing your thoughts, Simon.

      Tim. 🙂

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