I know what you’re thinking – do we really need another film where a miniature or indeed gigantic version of Paul Rudd is trying to help the universe in some way with his sheer charisma and dashing smile? The answer…yes, yes we really do.
If you are expecting a killer narrative with twists and turns and an epic resolution; Ant-Man and The Wasp doesn’t exactly embody such elements. Of course, there are loose ends to be tied up from Civil War and reference’s galore; but this is a film to sit back and truly absorb in all its hilarity.
By now we should all know what to expect when it comes to such a franchise and you will be pleased to know that even after three years on from the first installment of this miniscule superhero’s tale, Paul Rudd captures your heart and naturally, Hope’s (Evangeline Lilly). After having a minor blimp whilst trying to save the world with ‘Cap’, Captain America, poor Scott pays the price is under house arrest. Whilst creating possibly the best slide for this daughter one has ever seen passes the time, Hope and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) have been working on big plans to rescue the original Wasp, Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the deep, dark and dangerous Quantum Realm. Any sort of equilibrium Lang thought he had is abolished as we scream for joy when we see this man in a teeny-tiny car helping Hope track down the rest of the material they need in order to get her Mum back.
Call it coincidence, or bad timing – but the particular equipment they need to complete their machine is also being tracked down by someone else, ‘Ghost’. Enter Laurence Fishburne, Hank’s former colleague who has taken this woman, stuck between time and space under his wing, creating yet another rift between Dr.Hank and the universe it seems. Eva aka ‘Ghost’ (Hannah John-Kamen) isn’t your conventional ‘baddie’, offering a raw human element that the story line thrives off of, as she desperately tries to save herself fading away into the atmosphere.
The narrative may be not be masterful nor ground-breaking; but the originality and inventiveness here cannot go unnoticed. The wealth of supporting cast here, knew and old provided relief from the usual fast-paced, action sequences Marvel does to a T. From Scott’s daughter Cassie (Fortson), to the overly attached husband Paxton (Cannavale) the screen graces us with to the wonder of Pena, T.I and Dastmalchian as security firm leaders of aptly named X-Con security services that generally leave you speechless (in all the good ways). Douglas and Lily bring their own, but let’s face it – this is basically the Paul Rudd show and it’s brilliant.
With a car chase that possibly rivals the freeway sequence from Matrix Reloaded, a flashback scene that will have you laughing for days and Rudd’s smile winking at you this will without a doubt make you laugh at every turn and leave you wanting more. Expect glaring plot holes and clichéd to death dialogue albeit, Ant-man and The Wasp provides sheer entertainment to those deeply invested in the Marvel franchise and indeed those who simply want a dose of Rudd and boy do they get it.
And you sure as hell won’t forget Michael Pena’s curly locks anytime soon…and, for the love of Hello Kitty, avoid the truth serum at all costs!
Ant-Man and the Wasp is out Thurs 2nd August, 2018