Tuesday 10 July 2018

Film Review: Ant-Man and The Wasp

Ant-Man and The Wasp
9 July 2018
118 mins
Peyton Reed (Director)
Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly
As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
(IMDB Synopsis)

Let me say one thing straight up: Paul Rudd is the underrated heart of both this film and its predecessor. His performance ticks all the boxes and really helps buoy the movies. I enjoyed the first film, and I generally felt the same about this one, despite a few reservations.
In this new instalment, the action set pieces are as good as you would expect for MCU, and there is wisecracking humour aplenty. For me, the weak point of Ant-Man and The Wasp was its villains. Rather than sticking with one, the film offered us two (three if you count the FBI as antagonists), and both seemed two-dimensional. Was it an enjoyable couple of hours at the cinema? Yes. Would this one make my MCU top ten? No. It wasn't a bad film; it simply wasn't at the level of other recent MCU releases. I almost gave this 3.5 stars, but Paul Rudd's excellence raises it to a 4.

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