Another movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, adding to its already impressive franchise. I like that this movie works well as a stand alone, or as a sequel to Ant-Man, though if you’re starting here for your MCU viewing I’d probably say you were doing it wrong. Especially post-Infinity War, but I think if you really absolutely wanted to start here you could, if you wanted, and probably wouldn’t be confused until the first post-credits scene.
This movie does really well with its 2 hour runtime. I was a little surprised it was only 2 hours considering both that most MCU movies seem to think they need to hit the 2 hour 30 minute mark and this movie has 3 plotlines going on. No, I don’t mean it has 1 main plot and a couple of side plots but three main plotlines with still a side story or two thrown in.
The first is that Hank Pym and his daughter Hope, after the events of the first Ant-Man, are trying to rescue the original Wasp from the quantum realm. Meanwhile, Ghost with the help of someone spoiler-y, is trying to not-die from her horrible, but also really cool, affliction of being able to phase in and out of reality. Also meanwhile, some 80s villain is trying to steal Pym’s technology because he’s an 80s villain… and it’s awesome! The plots keep the story flowing so that not a single second of screen time is wasted.
Man, really all the MCU movies have been knocking it out of the park lately. Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Infinity War, and now Ant-Man and the Wasp. This one isn’t as over the top action and adventure, there is some, but it’s kept together with a great plot, consistent storyline, drama, comedy, and some moments that pull at your heartstrings in ways I don’t think I’ve seen anywhere else in the MCU yet. This isn’t like any other movie, it doesn’t have a Big Bad in any of the ways superhero movies do, there’s no giant boss fight, well, at least the boss isn’t giant. There is some cool action though and there is some neat shrinking mechanics, though there certainly could have been more of both, I think it’s better playing it more as a comedic, heist film with some real emotions behind it than just another superhero movie.
My only complaint is that there was a bit in the second act that was really slow, I know we need to know Ghost’s backstory but they should have worked it into the first act somehow and not slow down what is otherwise a perfectly paced movie.
Why you should watch it: Ant-Man and Wasp has some of the best acting and one of the best stories in the MCU to date. It does a really good job of continuing the story where Captain America: Civil War left off and setting up whatever role the characters in this one might play in Avengers 4.
+8: Very good follow up to the first Ant-Man and a great addition to the MCU
+1: Superb acting from every cast member
+1: Great story that is written and directed well
-1: Ghost’s backstory is in a weird spot, but they had to put it somewhere