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Ant-Man & the Wasp

Published July 5, 2019

Ant-Man & the Wasp

Film info

  • Title Ant-Man & the Wasp
  • Director Peyton Reed
  • Year 2018
  • Run time 1hr 58m
  • Genres Science Fiction, Action, Adventure, Comedy
  • Tagline Real heroes. Not actual size.

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes Ant-Man and the Wasp, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Laing grapples with his choices as both a super hero and a father. As he struggles to balance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as they join forces to uncover secrets from the past.

Live blog

Time Comment
0:54 Right, sorry, your mum is Michelle Pfeiffer and your dad is Michael Douglas? I’m in.
3:38 Will she just have been floating around for thirty bloomin' years? Die of boredom, surely.
7:52 Did he really do that magic? I hate magic.
8:35 Explaining things to seven year olds is a great way of explaining things to me. Thanks.
10:23 Struggling to reconcile the fact I want Paul Rudd to be my dad and my boyfriend right now.
16:34 If you think I remember what happened in Germany, you’re so wrong.
21:23 Building as carry on luggage is epic.
30:24 Babba Yaga! Again!
32:43 “That’s not a disguise Hank. We look like ourselves at a baseball game.”
33:56 “Do you guys just put the word quantum in front of everything?”
46:49 They de-aged Morpheus! So weird.
52:56 Car wash protocol!
56:28 “You put a dime in him, you gotta let the whole song play out.”
1:02:53 Rudd is insanely good at this acting business.
1:12:40 Flying ant arrow.
1:19:38 If they’ve shrunk and have the shrunken lab inside them, is that still legit?
1:21:53 “Welp, the sixties were fun but now I’m paying for it.” Stan Lee’s best line ever.
1:33:35 That Cassie kid is the best.
1:44:12 This guy can do magic and play the drums and do acting and jeez, pipe down Paul Rudd.

Thoughts

I previously wrote about the fact that we missed the rental window for Ant-Man & the Wasp, and you know what? In the end we just bought the film. We were in the mood for it and we desperately want to see Captain Marvel and this one was hanging over our heads, in the way.

Weirdly, I wasn’t really looking forward to it. I liked the first one, and it’s Paul Rudd for crying out loud, but I just felt a bit meh about it. Thankfully, the movie was really good. Funny, emotional in places, and with a good story that makes sense. There was that usual bit of “what the hell is going on I don’t remember any Marvel movies I’m going to have to watch all of them again” thing which was kinda annoying, but once past that, it was great.

I like that the “big bad” wasn’t really a badun, that always adds an extra layer to the story and I was really happy that The Wasp was such a big part of it - first woman to be in the title of a Marvel movie, so things are definitely changing. Also, impressed with Rudd’s ability to act like a woman is inhabiting his body in a way that is funny, sure, but not ridiculous. That’s a fine line.

Anyway, great stuff, except that post-credits sequence that really knocked the whole thing flat. Bloody Thanos.

Revisited May 21

Yep, totally agree with the above - it does feel odd this coming directly after the events of Infinity War, but in that movie it’s explained that Scott is on house arrest and that’s why he doesn’t get involved. Plus he’s got his own stuff to deal with. These events being outside of the overall Marvel story is a bonus but also a bit odd given the high stakes going on.

Nevertheless, this was a better film than the first Ant-Man, and now with the knowledge that it will lead directly to important stuff in Endgame, that made it even better.

Rating: 4 / 5

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