Ant-Man and the Wasp Movie Review
Ant-Man and the Wasp lived up to the first film and, in many ways, surpassed it. The tone was fun and lighthearted just like the first was but it also had a far better story.
The film follows Scott Lang who has been on house arrest since the events of Captain America: Civil War. He had a dream about his momentary time in the quantum realm, envisioning that he saw Janet Van Dyne, Hank Pym's wife. After calling Hank, Scott shrugs it off as just a freaky dream, however, Hank is convinced Janet is still alive even after being trapped in the quantum realm for 30 years. Hank and daughter Hope recruit Scott once again to pull off the impossible and rescue Janet. The film does take place before and during Infinity War.
I was almost expecting the sequel to go the way of most sequels and be inferior to the first. Surprisingly, it wasn't inferior at all. In fact, I think it was slightly better than the first, most of the credit for that going to Evangeline Lilly's role as The Wasp. She was more of a mentor in the first but now she takes a central role and feels useful this time around. Paul Rudd has to be given praise too for continually making Ant-Man/Giant-Man an interesting and fun character. Marvel definitely made the right call casting him. The villain (but not really) Ghost is a deep character that has a great backstory and a great outcome. She was affected as a young girl by an explosion that altered her body's chemistry. She's been looking for a cure ever since and intends on using Janet to get it, even if that means killing her.
The only negative thing about the film is Sonny Burch. He has a kind of Justin Hammer type role except he's unnecessary and more of an annoyance. I never thought I'd ever say I disliked Walton Goggins in a film, but there's a first time for everything.
In conclusion, Ant-Man and the Wasp is exactly what we needed after the traumatic ending of Avengers: Infinity War. It was a ton of fun and had some great humor. I'll go ahead and say that there are two end-credit scenes. The first is necessary and has strong connections to Infinity War and Avengers 4. The second scene is highly unnecessary and is only there for a laugh so don't feel like you have to sit through the credits for it. I give the film a 3.5 out of 4.
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