MOVIE REVIEW: “Ant-Man and the Wasp” stars Paul Rudd (The Fundamentals of Caring, I Love You Man), Evangeline Lilly (Lost [TV series], The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Michael Douglas (Last Vegas, Wall Street), Michael Peña (The Martian, Fury), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight, Predators), Hannah John-Kamen (Ready Player One, Black Mirror [TV series]), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix, The Colony), Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat [TV series], The Interview), Abby Ryder Fortson (Togetherness [TV series], Playing It Cool), Judy Greer (Jurassic World, 13 Going on 30), Bobby Cannavale (The Station Agent, Parker), T.I. (Identity Thief, Takers), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight, Blade Runner 2049), and Michelle Pfeiffer (Batman Returns, Mother!). It is directed by Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Yes Man) and written by Chris McKenna (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Spider-Man: Homecoming), Erik Sommers (The LEGO Batman Movie, American Dad! [TV series]), Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer (Haunt, Arachnophobia), and Gabriel Ferrari (Die in a Gunfight, Arachnophobia). After being under house arrest due to the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) is finally back into action, seeking to help Hank Pym (Douglas) and Hope Van Dyne (Lilly) save the long-lost Janet Van Dyne (Pfeiffer) from the quantum realm.
You know what I was wondering the whole time I was watching “Avengers: Infinity War”? Where’s Ant-Man? What about the Wasp? What about Michael Douglas? Michael Peña? All of these were racing through my mind, so much so that I couldn’t even enjoy the experience… as if. To be honest, out of all the heroes that have their own solo series in the MCU, Ant-Man has to be the weakest link for me. While “Ant-Man” was a nice, entertaining feature for what it was, the sequel wasn’t warranted. I could’ve gone on in life without seeing another installment of the man who can shrink down to the size of an ant, but alas, Disney couldn’t waste an opportunity to make money (and tell us what happened to Ant-Man after the events of “Civil War”). This is not to say that I hate Ant-Man; I just don’t care for him. And did “Ant-Man and the Wasp” change my mind about the hero? Not at all. In fact, I think after watching this sequel, I think I care even less about him. Is it possible? Heck yes. Try sitting in front of a movie that serves absolutely no purpose to being existent, as it has almost nothing going for it besides the sense of continuation. That’s what you receive when you experience what is one of the most “meh” films of the MCU. Of course, there are good qualities to “Ant-Man and the Wasp” that I should mention. The cinematography is fun for what it is, the acting is solid (for the lines given), the action scenes are pretty gnarly, and the concept of the quantum realm can be interesting. Also, we mustn’t forget Christophe Beck’s score that, while unnoticeable in the film, surprisingly sounds good when listening to the score by itself. If Disney is known for something, it’s that they don’t make horrendous flicks often. You can receive something great, something good, or something mediocre, but something awful is hard to come by (at least in the past). “Ant-Man and the Wasp” isn’t an awful movie, but it certainly is a messy, boring one. Why? For starters, there was hardly even a villain. If you thought the bad guy wasn’t good in the first movie, wait’ll you get a load of this one! Who’s the bad guy? You got me. I couldn’t flip heads or tails if it was that Ghost (John-Kamen) character or Walton Goggins (who had to be the biggest let-down of this entire movie). This sequel is one of those adventures where you focus more on what the hero is trying to accomplish than what an adversary is trying to do. In “Infinity War,” we followed Thanos around and everything our heroes did, it was either in response or preparation for him. In “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Hank and Hope are trying to bring back Janet Van Dyne, and whoever is attempting to foil their plans often get stopped immediately at every attempt. It was as if I was experiencing Ultron all over again, but at an even worse level. The story’s main focus was on the bond between Hank, Hope, and Janet, while having Scott be a helper to the situation. However, the story was so loose that I really couldn’t grapple to anything emotionally. Several scenes within this film felt taped together, as if the writers had no clue how to make this story flow, so they just clumped various scenes to fit jokes that often fell flat. I never cared for the humor that came from this franchise, having only laughed once this time around (but hey, at least they made me laugh). I think the driving nail into this coffin was the fact that when the story wraps up, you realize how strung-out this adventure was. When I saw that this film’s whole purpose was to bring back Janet, and they do after two hours of runtime with almost nothing else important going on to fill the space, I felt tired and defeated. This feature could’ve honestly been condensed into eighty-five minutes and it would’ve been fine. The villains offered nothing, most of the fighting was used to retrieve something lost (in this case, the same freaking thing), and the only side arc was Scott getting out of house arrest. There was literally no reason for this being as long as it was, yet the filmmakers took a bite out of that two-hour structure (that wasn’t even followed). As I’ve stated, this film wasn’t awful, but it surely was a snore, and one that you could do without. If there’s anything you need to know about this movie, just look up the post-credits scene on YouTube so you can find out where Scott was at when Thanos snapped his fingers. Then you’ll be caught up and have saved two hours of your life. FINAL SCORE: 55%= Burnt Popcorn
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