The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) reaches its twentieth film with this sequel to the 2015 film. With Paul Rudd (Scott Lang / Ant-Man), Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne / Wasp) and Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) as protagonists. Here is our review of Ant-Man and the Wasp.
In ‘Ant-man and the Wasp’ Scott Lang will be forced to return to action as Ant-Man when his friends, Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne, find the way to cross the Quantum World to recover Hank’s wife. She was trapped there years ago. But it will also have to stop Ghost, a strange young woman who can change the quantum phase and go through the objects and, besides, will have to deal with a technology dealer who wants to steal the inventions of Hank and Hope.
Once again, Paul Rudd plays the ant man bringing his touches of humor to the character even in the tensest situations. Walton Goggins is magnificent as the smuggler Sonny Burch, Laurence Fishburne is always welcome with his grim presence (and his quarrel with the character of Hank Pym) and, to top it off, we have a magnificent Michelle Pfeiffer as the missing Janet Van Dyne, lost in the quantum space and present through flashbacks throughout the plot. Hannah John-Kamen as an antagonist: she looks menacing in Ghost’s attire and unpredictable.
All the actors on screen convince, especially Michael Peña in the role of Luis: that unconditional friend of Scott Lang who has grand plans for the future and is unable to tell a story without giving an unnecessary detour that muddies everything while he has lost us.
The film is loaded with action and chases through the city of San Francisco. All this with touches of humor on the part of the protagonist. Every time that Ant-Man and Wasp share the screen, the interaction flows incredibly. The combat scenes are entertained to the maximum with the sudden changes in size.
Also, a recurring gag regarding the flaws in the performance of Scott’s suit adds an unpredictable element to each sequence: will Ant-Man be reduced to the desired size or will it merely be compacted to the level of a three-year-old? And what about when it increases in size? Hope brings to the relationship an imposing female figure who, besides, does not hesitate to load the cheek to his companion of heroic wanderings.
The film is located chronologically after the events of Captain America: Civil War and just before Infinity War, so there is room for lightness and good vibes without necessarily removing the drama of the conflict between Ant-Man, Wasp, and Ghost. Let’s say it leaves a good taste in our mouth … until those post-credits scenes arrive, of course.
The director Peyton Reed executes the landing well, but it takes something to build the routine. It does not help much that there is excessive scientific talk that only Pym, Van Dyne and Dr. Foster (Fishburne) understand, something that Scott Lang himself uses for comedy purposes to pretend he is aware of the facts.
Quantum space is not as exciting as the previous film posed the quantum space as an exciting and threatening world where everything obeys complicated rules and concepts, full of visual wonders and impossible scenarios. The truth, I was left with the impression that this place is not much more than a pool full of colorful garbage with giant mites that look like made of gummies. Yes, they left me to owe a little.
The sequel does not detract from the original, although it is obvious that the humor has been amplified for the sequel. Ant-Man is a hero who, at heart, is quite normal and affected by issues that many common beings can share. The whole movie has spectacular instances, but it also feels small compared to the rest of the MCU.
It has logic, not only because the protagonists live it up making themselves little, but because it is boring to think that in all films of the genre there must be risks that lead to the end of humanity. This is fun, as plain and simple, however, the film collects the essence of Marvel, with jokes, in this case well adjusted, and a lot of action. Highly recommended to see this summer.