Ant-Man and the Wasp - No Spoilers - Movie Review


Warning: puns in bold.

     “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is not a bad movie…  it's just a pretty mediocre one, and coming right after the success of “Avengers: Infinity War” seems like lazy execution.

    It has a great end credit stinger but the rest of the movie feels very predictable and, I’m sure you’ve heard other people say it, too small - like a movie that should come out straight to Netflix. (That’s where I’m thinking the third Ant-Man will probably end up.)

    Because there isn’t a cameo appearance (like Falcon’s cameo in the first movie), Ant-Man seems disconnected from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the way Marvel’s TV shows do. They only throw in small references here and there. I have to say; this is the perfect example of a movie where everything was given away in the trailers, leaving only the anticlimactic action scenes to be new.

    The film really drags on for a bit too long. I wish the end credit scene was a part of the movie itself so it would have been more satisfying. (There was a ten minute projector glitch at my first showing, which also wasn’t satisfying.)

    There are good factors in the movie as well. It’s too bad they fly by too quickly. The Wasp was a good character and Evangeline Lilly really did a good job wearing the current Wasp mantle. Paul Rudd, Ant-Man, did good too, as always. His family was portrayed comedically in the movie and I felt like that was the best part about his character. The villain, Ghost,  is good. But she is only really prominent in the beginning of the movie then kind of fades away in the second half.

    Ant-Man and the Wasp is like a three-in-one movie. One movie about the ghost villain, one about family, and one about the origins of The Wasp. With a studio like Marvel, I wonder why they had to pack all these ideas into one movie, when you could have just made this movie about The Wasps, leaving everything else for a future sequel. Additionally, the movie is missing the clever humor and fun factor of the original.

    If you’re keeping up with all the marvel movies, or you just really like Ant-Man, you will have a really fun time watching this film. But if you’re not super intrigued, or you’re just waiting for Avengers 4, Ant-Man and the Wasp is certainly not a “must see.” If you are on the fence about seeing it, totally go check it out, just maybe see it as a matinee.

Luke Wilkerson