Payton Reed returns to direct the sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man, which is also the twentieth Marvel film to date and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfieffer and Michael Pena. The film follows Scott Lang, whom shortly after the events of Captain America: Civil War, is placed under house arrest and starts to have visions of Hope’s mother stuck in the Quantum Realm and decides to team up with The Wasp and Hank Pym in order to save her.
I enjoyed the first Ant-Man when it came out it wasn’t the best Marvel movie out there or anything like that but it wasn’t the worst either. It was a fun enjoyable film that had fun characters, entertaining action sequences and a silly albeit a charming premise. The sequel is a step up in my opinion from the first film and it’s a really fun time at the movies even if it’s not perfect and it does have a few flaws.
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly work really well together on screen. They’re dynamic together is electric and fun and Evangeline Lilly has always been one of my favorite actresses ever since LOST and she’s great again in the action sequences and she has become a really good performer all around. She also has a bigger role in this one, which is great because she deserves it. She has a really good father/daughter relationship with Hank Pym and while the two are often times dicks to the people around them and Scott Lang they’re just gonna do whatever it takes to save their mom.
Speaking of a character that will do whatever it takes, Hannah John-Kamen plays the character of Ghost and also serves as the antagonist of the film. Her character is great, but she didn’t need to serve as the villain of the story. Her storyline could easily have been solved some other way and I get it the script needed her character to do the things she did to move the story along, but it just felt forced and it’s something that could have been resolved if the characters had just simply talked to each other. Walton Goggins also plays a side-villain and he’s good here but his storyline feels pointless and it could have been removed from the film and it would have made no difference. It kind of makes his scenes useless and just drawn out the runtime.
Michael Pena is great once again as Luis and he’s even funnier here than in the first Ant-man. His team gets involved in the storyline and they’re hilarious like always and there’s a running gag about a witch that made me laugh my ass off.
There are a lot of entertaining action sequences and they really use the environment to their advantage when they shrink or become full size. The action sequences are fun and light and this movie really sets itself apart from the recent MCU films that have been darker as of late. It’s a fun change of pace that Marvel always does well.
Overall, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun and exciting sequel that entertaining action sequences, good characters and a few shortcomings but is another win for the MCU.