Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) is just a few days away from being released from house arrest. However, he is once again recruited by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to help rescue his wife Janet from the Quantum Realm.
In my opinion, I felt that the first Ant-Man was an underrated movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I felt that the movie was better than I expected due to its troubled production. I was naturally excited when this movie was announced. How does this movie compare to its predecessor? Let’s find out…
Once again, the visuals for this movie are great. The audience gets to see the perspective of the two main characters in a creative way as they fight the antagonists of the movie. It is my personal belief that CGI works better if it is used only when it’s needed as demonstrated in the movie.
Peyton Reed returns as the director of this movie. While he is mainly a comedic director, he also knows how to choreograph action scenes. The action scenes for this movie manages to mesh very well with the visual effects.
Another great thing about the movie is its cast. While Paul Rudd is charming once again as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, it is Michael Douglas as Hank Pym who steals the movie. Evangeline Lilly is also solid as Hank’s daughter, Hope. She makes a perfect foil to Rudd’s character. Although Michael Pena was just a minor character in the previous movie, I felt that his character served a purpose in the movie this time around.
My main problem with the movie is the flanderization of some of the main characters. In the first movie, Lang was an electrical engineer-turned-thief who only stole to provide for his daughter. In this movie, however, Lang is a bumbling idiot who couldn’t find his way out of a wet paper bag. Although Michael Douglas did a great job as Hank Pym, I felt that that most of his dialogue were retorts that would feel right at home in a sitcom. Speaking of the movie’s humor, I felt that most of the jokes in this movie were rather hit-and-miss.
Following a giant Marvel movie with a great villain, I felt that the antagonists of the movie were underwhelming. I felt that the development of the character of Ava Starr/Ghost (played by Hannah John-Kamen) was a wasted opportunity. There was another villain in the movie that was supposed to be a twist. However, it was rather anti-climactic since it was heavily hinted at in the movie.
While Ant-Man and the Wasp is an entertaining movie, it doesn’t hold a candle to its predecessor.