In Review: Ant Man and the Wasp

We take a look at the streaming release of Marvels 'Ant Man and Wasp'

Synopsis: Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.

Review: Due to life stuff getting in the way. I was never able to go see ‘Ant-Man and Wasp’ at the cinema. So was never really able to comment on if I liked the film or not. I absolutely loved the first film. So thought I’d buy the Amazon streaming version to see if this second film measured up. So below are my thoughts on the latest installment in the Ant-Man series.

The Story

The movie kicks off roughly 2 years after the events seen in Captain America Civil War. Scott Lang is under house arrest for using illegal technology and helping Captain America. When he has an unusual vision concerning Hank Pymm’s wife who vanished years earlier when she phased out of this universe while saving the world.

The film sees Scott reconnect with Hank and Hope in order to figure out a way of getting Hanks wife Janet Van Dyne back. But things get interesting when they meet Ava aka Ghost who due to a tragic scientific accident no longer exists as a solid human being because she is constantly in and out of phase. We then learn about Ava’s story, which kind of cleverly ties in with Janet’s.

The role of Scott Lang in the film is twofold. To be the superhero and kick some butt alongside the Wasp, but also continue to be a good father to his daughter.

The extra scene after the credits leaves things very much open for a third film in the series.

The Acting

We get some really great performances in this film. Much like the last Ant-Man. It is Michael Peña as Luis that provides much of the comedy with his characters charismatic ineptitude and ability to bungle his way through any given crises.

Hannah John-Kamen cuts a tragic figure as Ghost who is a villain that we can kind of relate too in the sense that she just wants her humanity back and has done some pretty dark stuff to get there.

Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are fantastic as the principal characters and Michael Douglas makes a welcome return as Hank Pymm. I look forward to seeing a third movie, which will likely give us a lot more to learn about Janet Van Dyne who is played by Michelle Pfeiffer.

Overall

This is a fantastic addition to the Ant Man universe and it was absolutely fantastic to see the Wasp in action and see how she teams up with Ant Man, who is a bit rusty after two years of not using the suit.  The film’s premise of them looking for Hope’s mother was a nice touch and played well into the family orientated plot and feel of the film.

I really loved what Hannah John-Kamen did with the role of Ava. She’s a villain of sorts, but really she is an individual that has been exploited by S.H.I.E.L.D. and various other organizations wanting to use her as a covert operative because of the powers she gained after a bad accident, which killed her parents. It’s a plot point that is followed through right to the very close of the film and you can’t help but feel a degree of empathy for the character.

I also loved the movie’s score and how it mixed some seventies classics into the film’s soundtrack.

The visual effects were awesome and I loved how the alternate universe was depicted when Hank goes after Janet. I also loved the various uses made of the shrinking and growing technology we see used in the movie.

The film is also a little bittersweet due to the recent death of Marvel Comic’s legend Stan Lee who makes a brief cameo in the movie.

Ant Man and the Wasp is available to buy now on Amazon Prime.

9.8
Ant Man and the Wasp
  • Story
    9.8
  • Acting
    10
  • CGI
    9.8
  • Incidental Music
    9.7

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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