REVIEW: Ant-Man and The Wasp

Ant-Man and The Wasp 

 

SPOILER WARNING

 

After three years, MCU reintroduces the world of the Quantum Realm via Scott Lang, Hope van Dyne, and Hank Pym. The viewer is quickly refreshed about anything important from both Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War relating to these characters (perhaps surprisingly, the most important plot points come from the latter).

After the events of Civil War Scott Lang is under house arrest for two years, which coincidentally is set to end days from the start of the movie. In these two years, Hank and Hope have been laying low due to Scott’s actions and themselves being wanted by the FBI. Although it isn’t made it clear what they did that warranted the FBI’s involvement.

Both parties have been busy in those two years. Scott and his former crime friends (Luiz, Dave, and Kurt) are now opening a legitimate business, while Hank and Hope are trying to build a bridge to the Quantum Realm believing the original Wasp, Janet van Dyne, Hank’s wife and Hope’s mother, to be alive and trapped. A strange dream where Scott sees an old memory of Janet’s brings them together again.

Together the trio works to pull Janet out of the Quantum Realm. Complicating matters is Scott’s house arrest; Dr. Bill Foster, a former colleague of Hank’s with whom he had a falling out with years prior; and Ava Starr aka Ghost. Ava gained the ability to phase through solid objects during a tragic accident that claimed the lives of both her mother and father, the latter of whom coincidentally also had a falling out with Hank. Together Bill and Ava are desperately searching for a cure to Ava’s ailment.

The film itself continues the tendency to over-rely on humor and Paul Rudd’s charisma over plot. To its credit, the film doesn’t hesitate to fully explore the humor behind the ability to both shrink and enlarge any object, from cars, suits, and even buildings.

However, the film has a glaring flaw. The dramatic beats of the story are implied and briefly touched upon before another three to four jokes are made. It’s a frustrating habit of the MCU to do so in nearly every film ever since the first Guardians of the Galaxy.

The conclusion of the movie goes as expected. Frustratingly, though, once Ava is cured we never learn just what happens to her and Dr. Foster. Do they get caught by the police? Are they sharing the same sentence? Different sentences for different crimes?

In the mid-credits scene, we’re provided with a direct tie from this movie to Avengers: Infinity War and only makes the wait for May 2019 all the more agonizing. Hint: Dust.

Overall Ant-Man and The Wasp is a fun adventure with little substance to it and ultimately a movie you’ll largely forget about in a day.