Ant-man and the Wasp - FIRST ON NET REVIEW on APHERALD -3.5/5
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Bottom Line: An entertaining sequel that has fun and action in the right proportion.
After treating the audience royally with three massy entertainers, Black Panther, Avengers Infinity War and Deadpool 2, all of them uniquely entertaining in their own way, here comes Marvel's 4th release of the year, the sequel to 2015 flick Ant-Man, and the 20th flick in Marvel cinematic universe, Ant-Man and the Wasp, with Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly returning to give the audience another interesting dose of superhero fun. Here's team AP Herald's exclusive first on net Ant-Man and the Wasp review.
Ant-Man and the wasp begin two years after the civil war, where Scott Lang had backed up for Captain America, and now Scott Lang(Paul Rudd) is under house arrest, caught between managing his security agency and looking after a child as a father. However, he can't stay stuck there for long, as Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) come to seek his help to fight Ghost (Hannah John Kamen). Whether the shape shrinking superheroes won the battle ultimately, is what the fun-filled Ant-Man and the Wasp is all about.
Paul Rudd is back as Ant-Man aka Scott Lang and is impressed with his body language and emotional display, besides the casual humor. Evangeline Lilly as Hope is a charmer, while Michael Douglas makes his presence felt with his charisma. Hannah John Kamen is menacing as the ghost while Lawrence Fishburne and Michael Pena are adequate.
Christophe Beck's background score is scintillating, while cinematography by Dante Spinnoti is top notch, making sure the CG impact is clearly presented on screen, and editing by Dan Lebental and Craig wood makes sure Ant-Man and the wasp are crisply cut at a slick 118 minutes runtime. Peyton Reed is back to direct the second installment of the Ant-Man series, and this time around, rather than the shocker offered to the audience in Avengers Infinity War with several unexpected losses inflicted by Thanos, Reed has opted to go for the traditional team reunion against the nemesis.
Without not much knowledge required on infinity war and little information about civil war needed to understand Scott's house arrest, the film directly begins entertaining with sequences of smaller things becoming large and larger ones becoming small, and once the team of Hank, Hope unite with Scott, it's just nonstop entertainment.
With his own shrinking suit and riding ants stuff and a nemesis walking through walls, and the sequences featuring Hank, Hope and Scott conceived in a terrific manner, Ant-Man and the Wasp has its share of interesting moments.
Besides the conventional theme of good vs bad, there's also this emotional angle of saving Janet from the quantum realm, that would appeal to a wider section of the audience. With a screenplay that gives ample scope for Wasp while also ensuring Ant-Man has his moments, Peyton Reed presents an exciting action adventure with a variety of emotions and Marvel brand humor intact.