Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018): ‘Meanwhile in Ant-Man’s World’ – A Film Review

Introduction

Marvel have been going from strength to strength. We recently saw Avengers: Infinity War as the 19th Marvel film in their Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite the events of Avengers Infinity Wars we have many films still for upcoming release but one that coincides with the timeline, and explains his absence, is Ant-Man and The Wasp. This will be the third appearance of Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man since 2015’s Ant-Man. The Marvel Super Hero seems to be well received and has been a part of the many films that have been further developing this universe. Captain America: Civil War showed many of these super heroes go up against each other in divided minds over the role of super heroes in today’s world. As such, Ant-man’s position in this film shouldn’t be too surprising. Seeing Captain America: Civil War isn’t essential to see Ant-Man and the Wasp but it is referred to a lot.

 

The Ghost in the Film

Many cast members form Ant-Man return with many additions as well. This would be the first appearance for the female Ghost/Ava Starr (Hannah John-Karmen) who is a bit of a show-stealer. Despite not being on screen for as long as Ant-Man or Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), whom the film gives much more importance, Hannah John-Karmen’s presence on screen is powerful and holds a lot of menace and emotion, whenever she has a scene. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly also show strong performances and make for a very likeable core to the film with their chemistry pulling through a lot of the light hearted moments. The only downfalls could be where the script piles on too much humour, almost to make some characters into complete buffoons – but not quite.

 

The Incredible Shrinking Man

Marvel films will always throw in a lot of CGI and Ant-Man and the Wasp is no exception. Sometimes the ants used seem to show the weakest moments of CGI, whilst moments of going so incredibly small can show the films visuals at their best and most beautiful. Ant-Man is a character that lends himself to big or small set pieces connected into action scenes or chase scenes that involve larger or smaller than life objects or even locations. These amusingly create some of the action sequences whilst sometimes they can feed greatly into the overarching narrative. Though this isn’t always as important as others.

 

Conclusion

What we get from this is a really slick and nice looking film, the ants aren’t too distracting and the weight of the film’s storyline keeps everything together. Especially the central cast who work well to really imbue the film with its sense of character and devotion. Leaving audiences wanting more in some moments and particularly with some of the involved characters.

 

 

Synopsis

Under house arrest Ant-Man has a few days left until he can be released and spend more time with his family, all the whilst The Wasp wishes to go into the quantum realm to save her mother, believing Ant-Man to have the idea of how/where to go. Whilst Ghost seeks a possible cure in The Wasp’s lost mother.

 

Ratings

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Performances:

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Technical:

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A Note on My Reviews

Please read ‘On Reviews‘ for a guide to how I write film reviews. Any spoilers are appropriately marked and, though I personally prefer to know little about a film before seeing it, there is a synopsis below the review for any who wish to see one.

 

Films Mentioned

Ant-Man (d. Peyton Reed USA 2015

Ant-Man and The Wasp (d. Peyton Reed USA 2018)

Avengers: Infinity War (d. Anthony Russo, Joe Russo USA 2018)

Captain America: Civil War (d. Anthony Russo, Joe Russo USA/Germany 2016)

 

Further Reading

rottentomatoes.com

metacritic.com

Official Site

Interview with the Director

Interview with Cast

Interview with Hannah John-Kamen

Behind the Scenes & Bloopers

Easter Eggs

Scott & Hope

 

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Black Panther (2018): ‘Marvel’s Black Super hero Film’ – A Film Review

Captain America: Civil War (2015) – A Film Review

 

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Ant-Man and The Wasp (d. Peyton Reed USA 2018)

 



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