6 out of 10
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man
Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne / The Wasp
Michael Douglas as Hank Pym
Hannah John- Kamen as Spirit
Michael Peña as Luis
Randall Park as Jimmy Woo
Laurence Fishburne as Bill Foster
Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch
Tip "TI" Harris as Dave
David Dastmalchian as Kurt
Judy Greer as Maggie
Bobby Cannavale as Paxton
Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne
Director: Peyton Reed
Ant-Man and the Wasp Review:
Airy, witty and often pointless Ant-Man and the Wasp is either a superhero comedy with action bits or an action movie with comedy bits and nobody seems to be sure which one it is. Autistic indecision fills every minute of the follow-up to 201
About two Years after the events of Captain America: Civil War picks up on Ant-Man and The Wasp which Scott Lang has since done … playing drums and building elaborate labyrinths where his daughter can play , Former Ant-Man Hank Pym (Douglas) and his daughter Hope have been on the run from the law in search of the lost Janet Van Dyne (Pfeiffer). Just when it looks like their search is over, a mysterious saboteur (John-Kamen) appears, searching for Janet himself. The only chance to beat them is when Scott and Hope can balance their differences and join together to form a real team.
Also, a black market arms dealer wanting Hanks technology, Scott's need to be ahead of the government agents who want to arrest him because they have become Ant-Man again, Luis's upcoming presentation for a big customer he and Scott need to keep their new business going, plus a few more things. There is much in Ant-Man and The Wasp and most of it does not match very well, no matter how much the director Peyton Reed (and his five authors) try it.
One big question that posed the particularly problematic production of the first Ant-Man was how much of the finished film was the vision of the original director Edgar Wright and how much Reed's replacement came from. With the return of Reed for the sequel, we get much more of an idea and it's at best a mixed bag. On the one hand, many of the parts – be it action or comedy – are great in and of themselves. He uses Rudd's and Peña's comedy skills, especially Rudd's self-irony ability. The filmmakers have also spent a lot of time thinking about more resizing gags and integrating them into the action sequences. When Ant-Man and The Wasp actually get a chance to fight together, it's really exciting. Unfortunately, it also shows how much the film is out of balance. It is not so much that no one has any idea what exactly to do for Scott's next act (the giant's thunder reveals that he was stolen by Civil War albeit with great effect) they have too many. Instead of reducing them to a single focused narrative, Reed has decided to use them all.
He does not seem to love anything so much as letting Scott embarrass himself (actually he seems to like that kind of humor in general) and uses it generously). It's really funny in itself (especially when combined with size flaws in Scott's suit), but it's the kind of joke that takes time to work, everyone has to stop while Scott squirms. In a pure-looking comedy, in an action movie, it keeps momentum cold and it's unclear whether the reward is worth the cost. It also takes time away from the necessary storytelling needed to connect the bones of the film, underdrawing new characters and hurrying the performance. New villeiness Ghost, who has the potential to be new and interesting with a personal story that has nothing to do with the destruction of the world or anything like that, has to be in a horrible monologue that has no emotional weight and no connection, all its Leave history behind for the audience and she is one of the lucky ones.
It also has a lot of the problems that sequels always have, with elements that have appeared for no reason other than those in the previous movie, such as Luis's various shaggy dog stories and the ex-cons with which they work. It also brings Scott and Hope's relationship back to the status quo of the first film, rather than thinking of a new way of developing things. Occasionally all of these elements merge into something really funny, but then they fly apart again and make you wonder how much better that would be if a few pieces were torn away. When a Word Summars Ant-Man and the Wasp it's what you never want to hear about a sequel: alien.