Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) – Movie Review

Ant-Man and the Wasp is an action adventure superhero film based on the Marvel Comics. The film is the sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man, and the 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Peyton Reed, who has also directed its prequel, and it is produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

The film features team-up of Marvel Comics characters Scott Lang/Ant-Man(Paul Rudd) and Hope van Dyne/Wasp(Evangeline Lilly). The film picks exactly where Scott Lang had last appeared in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, where he has placed under house arrest, for helping Captain America as the violation of the Sokovia Accords. And because of the same accords, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope go into hiding, while continuing their efforts to bring Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) back from quantum realm. In this installation, the film explores more on the quantum realm front, as these events will directly lead to the next installment of the Avengers film, the conclusion of the epic Saga.

Along with the main plot of bringing Hope’s mother Janet back in the real world, the film also comprises of some more subplots. Ava/Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), a quantumly unstable masked woman, who can phase through matter, is trying to steal PymTech from Pym and Hope to fulfill her own plans. Then there is a guy named Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins), a black market dealer, who is also trying to get his hands on PymTech. Both of them are actually playing the villain characters, but they aren’t real ‘villain’ villains, means they are no match for our superheroes. And many of the Marvel films also suffered the same problem of not having a strong villain character (there are exceptions), and this film is no exception to that.

The film is a fun ride at its core but it’s just momentary. The film persists the charm & humor part of its prequel, but it fails to deliver the solid story because of the inclusion of weaker and unnecessary subplots. The film relies so much on the moments of laughter and the cast’s performances to overcome its plotholes. The film has a very straightforward story and fits nicely in the MCU’s timeline. The visual effects are improved in this film, and some of the action sequences are really well shot and are truly surprising. And yes, there are two after credit scenes, just don’t miss it.

Verdict : A nice sequel and a decent addition to MCU’s filmography, it has some drawbacks but surely can be neglected.

Rating : 3.7/5

Check out trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUkn-enk2RU

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