Ant-Man And The Wasp Review

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Plotline: –

A couple of years after the events of Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is in house arrest. He’s marred by some weird visions of a kid and Hank’s (Michael Douglas) wife Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) playing hide-and-seek. Upon contacting Hank, he gets to know that with him (Scott) discovering a way to both enter and return from the quantum realm and with his dream-like visions, it’s quite possible that Janet is alive coz the kid is none other than Hope (Evangeline Lily) and what he saw was an actual event of Hope’s childhood.

Can the team bring back Janet, if at all she is alive? Are Scott’s visions authentic or is someone involved in making him see it deliberately? How can Scott evade his house arrest restrictions and get back to being the Ant-Man?

Positive Points: –

  • Just like its predecessor, Ant-Man And The Wasp is fun to watch owing to its hilarious and action-packed premise.
  • The dedicated performance of the entire cast and the endearing charisma of its leads.
  • This film (and in general films like these) are pillared on their technical execution particularly their visual effects. I do not need to elaborate as to how fantastic the VFX works have been in the film. The same goes for its other technical aspects.

Negative Points: –

  • Though the movie boasts a lot about quantum science and stuff, one doesn’t really feel the intelligence of incorporating such theories in the script. In other words, Ant-Man And the Wasp could have been a fantastic work of science fiction given its scope in exploring the quantum world, but it comes nowhere close to it and ends up being a generic superhero flick.
  • There was an enormous potential in its premise to render an emotionally riveting story but none of it happens. There’s no montage that actually melts you down or fills up your eyes though it should have, by all means.
  • With the progress in time, it becomes less smart and more and more ridiculous in order to entertain its viewers.

Direction, Screenplay & Other Technicalities: –

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If an entertaining, action-packed and visually appealing family film is what the makers aimed for, they have surely hit the bullseye coz Ant-Man And The Wasp is an out and out entertainer. It’s fast-paced, funny, well performed and technically sound as well, almost everything that you had expected from it. The visual effects have been stellar with Dante Spinotti’s cinematography and Dan Lebental and Craig Wood’s editing working as icing on the cake. Even the score by Christophe Beck and the soundtrack are bang on with its light-hearted premise.

Even though everything looks grand here, a close observation can open up a plethora of shortcomings in the direction of Peyton Reed. No doubt, his contribution in making the film a visual spectacle is paramount but the same cannot be said in case of how he handles the screenplay. The writing of the film is pretty good and the jokes are quite well incorporated into the movie but the film lags in developing its characters properly especially that of Ghost and Bill Foster. Notwithstanding its supposedly emotional base, it seldom gives you the necessary feels of its potentially strong sentiments which is probably its weakest aspect. There are several subplots which the makers have tried to merge into a thrilling finale and they have been partly successful in it. In other words, Ant-Man And The Wasp is overtly splendid but deep inside it’s a half-heartedly crafted piece of work which could have imparted greater results.

Performances: –

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With his charming persona and impeccable comic timing, Paul Rudd nails it yet again as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man. He combines deadpan humour with snarky remarks immaculately while also proving himself to be able in imitating even a womanly attitude. Now, what’s that? Check out the film to find it out.

Evangeline Lily doesn’t get any opportunities to showcase her acting studs but her onscreen presence is fantastic enough to pull one’s attention towards her.

Michael Pena is the show stealer here! He is the funniest person in the entire film and snatches the spotlight from everyone effortlessly. Watch out for his rap-story after he is given a truth serum!

Hannah John-Kamen proves to be a good antagonist but her character’s latent strength is only marred by poor development.

Michael Douglas is good in a character that stays unidimensional for the whole film except one montage in the third act where he gets to display the serious actor in him, and boy does he nail it! That’s probably the only moment in the entire flick where the audience gets the overall sentiment of the story and all the credits for this brilliant execution goes to Douglas.

Laurence Fishburne is okay as Bill Foster. Neither does the screenplay give him any strength nor does he put any effort from his side to abate the scriptal flaws of his character. Given an actor of his calibre, he has simply let us down with his performance here.

The rest of the cast are pretty good in their roles and justify their characters well enough.

Final Verdict: –

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After dealing with a darker premise in Infinity War, the fun-filled experience of Ant-Man And The Wasp can be a breath of fresh air for most cinegoers. It’s acting, humour, action and visuals are its prime strength. Nevertheless, the makers have played safe here and have provided a generic superhero movie which adds nothing new to its genre. Just go and have fun without any high expectations and yes; don’t miss its mid-credit scene!

RATING: 3.5/5

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