Continuing where we last saw our small superhero (after Captain America: Civil War), Scott (aka Ant-Man), is currently under house arrest with two days remaining until he can receive his freedom once again. Along with this, Scott is also struggling to deal with being both super Hero and a father, trying to have a balance.
As Scott kills time by learning new magic tricks, playing the drums and singing Karaoke, he soon comes in contact with both Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), who require Scott’s help on a new secret mission dealing with their past.
Scott will once again suit up and risk house arrest as he works alongside a new partnership known as “The Wasp”. Not only does this film develop the character of The Wasp, but to my surprise, it almost makes this new character out-do Ant-man himself. Scott can, at times, feel like more of a helper or a comedy sidekick instead of carrying the main superhero focus that I expected. The film also managed to introduce not only one, but multiple villains and bad guys into the mix, keeping the film’s pace snappy.
Unlike other Marvel films, Ant-man and The Wasp delivers primary visual effects which are not super bright or colourful (say, like Thor: Ragnorok). However, the film still manages to get creative with impact when it comes to our heroes running around as small or large people. It’s always entertaining to see some of the creative ideas, such as small cars driving in a high octane car chase. It’s moments like these that keep the film different from the previous instalment.
While the film takes place around the same time as Avengers: Infinity War, I would encourage movie fans to view this film without the same hype of the previous Marvel film. Anything near the same level of excitement as Avengers only occurs more so at the end (and stay for the film’s end credits). I also recommend viewers to be up to date, making sure they have at least watched the 1st Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War before viewing this.
As for the plot, it’s pretty light, and I found many moments somewhat questionable with gaps in the story. Without going into spoilers, the film will introduce many new concepts about the past and present. Still, many discussions had with main characters can be so complicated and wordy they are hard to understand. It’s a Marvel movie- if you can accept it and enjoy the ride it can be rewarding. Despite this, there are plenty of questions within the future of our favourite Marvel heroes.
Overall, the film delivered pretty much what I expected being Marvel. It’s enough of a storyline to keep the Marvel universe ticking along. I was surprised to see the so-called lead take a slight step back as the film promoted The Wasp character. As a film, it’s not up there with the other great Marvel films such as Iron Man or Captain America, but it is light and entertaining enough that many will find enjoyment.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden