Ant-Man and the Wasp

Spoiler Warning.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The plot focuses on the efforts of Hank Pym, (Michael Douglas), and his daughter Hope, (Evangeline Lilly), as they try and bring back Hope’s mother Janet, (Michelle Pfeiffer), from the Quantum Realm. This film is a terrific sequel to the previous Ant-Man; as it deepens our connections to the characters. This is especially true of Hank, as he is given far more to do, even getting a hero moment all of his own. To this end, they introduce Bill Foster, (Lawrence Fishbourne). Foster is someone who has a history with Hank. For the little Fishbourne is used, he makes an impact and his relationship with Ava/Ghost, (Hannah John-Kamen), is one I hope gets explored in future instalments. Moreover, Ghost is the villain of the film, but she is not a generically evil character: she is instead a tortured soul looking for release. To continue on the note of villains, Walton Goggins plays Sunny Burch; who is the films, secondary antagonist. Burch is used as a standard evil villain, but he is also, however, an incredibly weak character. My greatest complaint about this film the character work is it’s incredibly uneven, some secondary characters like Michael Pena’s Luis are expanded whilst other secondary characters are criminally underused. However, there are two positives that offset this. Firstly, Lilly’s character of Hope is expanded wonderfully, with her being by far the standout character of the film. The second thing is that the plot hones in on the father-daughter relationship between Scott and Cassie; making for some incredibly sweet moments. Overall, this film is a step up from its predecessor in every way, being a sweet, funny self-contained bit of Marvel excellence.

4/5

Reviewed by Luke

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