Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Dir. Peyton Reed

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Dir. Peyton Reed
You can do it. You can do anything. You’re the world’s greatest grandma.
— Cassie, Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Abby Ryder Fortson, Walton Goggins, Randall Park, T.I., David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Madeleine McGraw.
Director: Peyton Reed
Screenplay: Gabriel Ferrari, Erik Sommers, Chris McKenna, Andrew Barrer, & Paul Rudd.

This is a solid film and it had me grinning from ear to ear. I found the first to be such a stale piece of storytelling and I am so happy that they lifted everything to make one of the strongest films is the MCU to date.

This is a real duo film with Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) sharing that top billing with grace and credibility. The dynamic between these two and how the emotional weight is evenly shared. Scott Lang/Ant-Man continues his journey of being there for his daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) in every way possible and that means making sure he sticks to the rules regarding his probation. Hope/Wasp and her father Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) have realised that they can save her mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm. These two storylines hold the same importance in the film which makes great balance for our two main protagonists.

The refreshing part of this film is the lack of emphasis on the villain. We have a couple of them here with Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins), and FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park and my personal favourite). These guys are here to push and get in the way of our heroes quest but not really there to pose any extravagant threat. These antagonist are here to slow them down as they are continually running against the clock in every way possible. 

This movie is dang good, it has the heart of the first times 100%. There is a refinement here and I am going to enjoy the next instalment and see what the Ant-Man franchise can add to the greater MCU.

★ ★ ★ ★