Film Reviews
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Rated: 12A)

Charlie Pugh Reviews…

Bridgnorth Majestic Cinema Times: Daily: 2:40pm, 5:30pm and 8:20pm

As punishment for assisting Captain America’s team in the Avengers Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has been forbidden from wearing the Ant-Man suit again and has been forced to undergo two years of house arrest. But after having a strange dream involving this mentor Hank Pym’s (Michael Douglas) long-lost wife Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), Scott reunites with Hank and his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) who have a plan to get her back, only this time Hope will join Scott as the powerful Wasp. But the greedy arms dealer Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) and a mysterious being known as “The Ghost” (Hannah John-Kamen) have their own plans for Hope’s mother….

After witnessing a technologically advanced African nation take on the world in Black Panther and the tragic tale of how the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy made an attempt to prevent a powerful alien warlord from conquering reality in Avengers: Infinity War the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s third and final film of 2018, a sequel to the film that had originally started under the direction of Baby Driver director Edgar Wright before creative differences led to Peyton Reed taking the reins. The sequel to Ant-Man may not have been seemed that exciting when compared to those film’s massive critical and financial performances. However, much like its two pint-size heroes, Ant-Man and the Wasp proves that being smaller isn’t really a bad thing.

The plot itself of Scott, Hank and Hope trying to get essential items to rescue Hank’s wife is admittedly one of the weaker plots that the MCU has offered, when compared to the massive world-building and emotional stakes of the last two films and the character of Sonny Burch is mostly pointless filler. However, as mentioned before, what this film lacks in those areas, it makes up for in it’s humour and its characters.

Paul Rudd once again brings his cheeky likability to Scott Lang and his relationship with his daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) is still the cutest thing the MCU has ever done, Micheal Pena is still laugh-out-loud funny as Scott’s friend Luis and both Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly get to explore new sides of their characters with the former being a bit more hopeful with the knowledge that his wife is alive and the latter finally being allowed to fight alongside Scott as a superheroine of her own.

Speaking of the Wasp, her and Ant-Man’s fight sequences once again show how far depicting shrinking and growing visual effects have evolved since the Honey, I Shrunk the Kid films with the latter’s growing powers first seen in Captain America: Civil War and an outrageous, yet amusing scene in a school taking centre stage as the main highlights.

Although the likes of Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger and Josh Brolin’s Thanos may have been extremely hard to live up to, Hannah John-Kamen’s performance as a gender-swapped Ghost from the comics is good enough as it’s own thing and her arc does manage to subvert the arcs that numerous villains in the MCU have suffered from over the years

Overall, if you need cheering up after the devastation of Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp is an entertaining epic of miniature proportions that most will enjoy, though young kids may want to leave before the post-credits scene, if you want to keep them cheered up.

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