Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
Director: Peyton Reed
Writers: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña
Ant-Man and the Wasp is an enjoyable movie, though nothing special. I feel exactly the same about it as I do about its predecessor...and for basically the same reasons.
The plot and villain feel very generic and cookie cutter. I feel like I've seen this movie before many times or as an episode of a superhero cartoon. Very few of the characters are fleshed out and the stakes never seem that high. Not to say that these movies should be about the end of the world. It's actually refreshing how smaller-scale this is (ant-size you might say...sorry). However, the emotional beats are either quite cheesy (especially with the kid actors) or not allowed to breathe because they're rapidly cut off by humor. These features make it hard to find much importance in the objectives of characters.
Humor is injected throughout the film, although the grand majority of the jokes caused chuckles in my audience, with few actual deep laughs.
The addition of a secondary villain was quite a mistake I found because it didn't add anything to the plot and very little to the tension.
The main things that this movie has going for itself are that it doesn't take itself seriously, it has its own style within the MCU (heist), and most importantly...Paul Rudd. Paul Rudd's charm elevates this movie to be slightly above average.
This is a light fun movie and one I could easily put on in the background while I'm cleaning my place.
I'd give both Ant-Man movies C+. I reckon you'll enjoy this movie just as much as the previous.