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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Movie Review

"Ant-Man and the Wasp" just proves how efficient and flexible the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become. What the film may lack in seriousness, it heavily-compensates with its laid back and humor-filled nature. In fact, the best moments for "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is when it doesn't take itself too seriously and just rolls with its silliness and undeniable and unique charm.



In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War”, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) faces the consequences of his choice. For breaking the Sokovia Accords, he is put under house arrest for two years. Worse, his relationship with Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lily) is completely broken as his actions have also made them fugitives and both are currently in hiding from the law. As his house arrest is about to end, Scott gets a vivid dream about his time in the quantum realm and Pym's missing wife, Janet (Michelle Pfeifer). Soon Hope and Dr. Hank Pym reveal that his dream wasn't just a dream but an actual message from Janet. Scott might be the only key to save his wife who has been stuck in the quantum realm for decades.
Coming off the emotion-filled "Avengers: Infinity War", it feels that the release of "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is perfect timing. This is most likely by design but the light-hearted and not-so-serious of the film made the experience more enjoyable. While it may lack the usual heft that we expect from a blockbuster superhero film, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" proves that we can always find happiness in simple things. Running at two hours long, the film is actually pretty long but it never felt like that while watching it. The brisk pace and continuous barrage of one-liners made sure that there's never a boring moment. While the action may seem tame to other MCU films, the kinetic and inventive choreography that utilizes the powers of Ant-Man and the Wasp never gets old. CGI was heavily-utilized as expected from an MCU film but most of them were top-notch and indistinguishable from the real thing. The only major downside for the film were its antagonists. Both Ghost and Sonny Burch felt lacking and filler material to move the plot at certain points. Comparing to the most recent MCU films like "Black Panther" and "Infinity War", the streak of having fleshed-out and well-rounded villains have come to a halt in this film. Overall, the second outing for Ant-Man was still awesome even with its less than epic design and weak antagonists.
Rating: 4 and a half reels




Why you should watch it:
- the film is designed to be simply and efficiently funny

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- doesn't have that epic feel
- the antagonists felt lacking

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