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An Honest Review Of 'Ant-Man And The Wasp'

Tiny heroes get a HUGE sequel!

Big action. Bigger heroes.

The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers

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 Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choice as both a superhero and a father. As he struggles to balance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.

The Short, Honest Plot

Scott and Hope are up against some pretty big problems: thugs, a girl with strange powers, and the police. But they can shrink, she's got wings, plus they have giant ants! What could possibly go wrong?

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The Actors And Where You Last Saw Them

Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man

Most girls first noticed him as Alicia Silverstone's adorable step-brother in Clueless. More recently, he appeared in Captain America: Civil War.

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Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne/Wasp

Best known for the TV show Lost, she played the elf Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

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Michael Peña as Luis

Before playing a fast-talking thief in the first Ant-Man movie, he was in The Martian and Fury.

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Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch

Last seen in Tomb Raider, he was also in Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Hateful Eight.

Bobby Cannavale as Paxton

You've probably seen him in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Mr. Robot.

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Judy Greer as Maggie

She usually plays the best friend in rom-coms like 13 Going On 30. But in 2017, she was in War for the Planet of the Apes.

Tip "T.I." Harris as Dave

The rapper has done a lot of TV work, but he was in American Gangster with Denzel Washington in 2007, and Takers in 2010.

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David Dastmalchian as Kurt

You might remember him as the villain in The Flash. He was also in Blade Runner 2049 and the new Twin Peaks series.

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Hannah John-Kamen as Ava/Ghost

Fans of the show Killjoys will recognize Dutch, though she was also in Black Mirror, Ready Player One, and Tomb Raider.

Abby Ryder Fortson as Cassie

Before making it to the big screen, she was in TV shows like Transparent and The Mindy Project.

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Randall Park as Jimmy Woo

Fresh Off the Boat dad Louis Huang was also in Veep with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and a few episodes of Community.

Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne/Wasp

This beauty has played so many recognizable roles: Selina Kyle in Batman Returns, Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray, Lamia in Stardust.

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Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster

Who doesn't remember Morpheus in The Matrix? He was also newspaperman Perry White in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel.

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Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym

Back in the '80s and '90s, he was one of the sexiest actors in Hollywood, with roles in steamy movies such as Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction. In 2010, he reprised his Wall Street role for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps with Shia LaBeouf.

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Did You Know?

  1. Fans were wondering why Ant-Man and the Wasp weren't part of Avengers: Infinity War. Apparently, both Ant-Man and Hawkeye cut a deal with the government after their escape. The Avengers also hadn't encountered the Wasp yet. 
  2. This is the first time that a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie mentions a female character in the title. It took Marvel ten years and 20 movies!
  3. Hope van Dyne inherited the superhero title of Wasp from her mother, Janet van Dyne. 
  4. Though the MCU focuses on Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne, the comics feature a lot of stories about the original Ant-Man and Wasp, Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne. Many fans suspect that Marvel execs decided to focus on Scott Lang in order to gloss over the abusive relationship between Hope's parents.
  5. In the comics, Janet van Dyne is an original member of the Avengers, along with Ant-Man, Thor, Hulk, and Iron Man.

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What I Think:

I'll be honest, I watched the first Ant-Man movie because I've had a giant crush on Paul Rudd since 1995 when I first saw him in Clueless. As Scott Lang, he was intelligent, funny, and kind of a regular guy who was down on his luck. I really enjoyed the first movie, not just because of Paul Rudd, but also because of the witty script.

I walked into Ant-Man and the Wasp expecting the same entertainment, humor, and fast-paced wit. Sure, it was funny, and Michael Peña stole every scene yet again. But it felt like there was so much going on, and a lot of the jokes felt contrived. It was fun, but I think it could have been better.

The movie's saving grace is Evangeline Lilly. In the first movie, Hope van Dyne was held back by her conflict with her father and her antagonism for Scott Lang. Here, she and Hank are working together, while she and Scott are figuring out their relationship. In the first movie, Hope kicked serious ass, and she taught Scott how to throw a punch. Here, she kicks ass WHILE FLYING. Her fight scenes are so beautiful—it looks like she's dancing!

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What My Friend Thinks:

"Ant-Man and The Wasp delivers more than just a worthy sequel. It is an excellent follow-up to the 2015 superhero film! Peyton Reed directs once again and delivers a good balance of fun, action, and humor—the kind of stuff Marvel Cinematic Universe viewers needed after the numbing effects of Avengers: Infinity War. The supporting cast is a collage of bright talented Hollywood folks that fit nicely into this world. While smaller in stature to Earth's Mightiest Heroes, it is a sequel that is bigger and better and will entertain fans well until next year." —Tim

I'd Recommend It To:

Couples going on a date or a barkada that doesn't want to watch anything too heavy. You don't need to pay a lot of attention to what's going on, but the action and the comedy will keep you entertained.

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