I caught an early showing of Ant-Man and the Wasp this weekend, and have held off on publishing a review until I was sure enough people have seen it.
I went into the film with low expectations, the first film in the franchise was a surprise to me, I didn’t initially believe that the concept of Ant-Man would translate to the big screen, or really make sense with all the cool superheroes Marvel has to offer.
In so many words, I thought the idea was stupid, and that the comic had zero business on the big screen.
I was wrong, the original Ant-Man was exciting, funny, heart warming, and loaded to the brim with cutting edge special effects.
I can admit to our readers that I have been proven wrong again.
I thought a sequel to Ant-Man could ruin the great vibe the first movie created, I thought the humor could turn corny, I thought the narrative could end up being over the top, and I had no idea how they planned to satisfy Marvel audiences after the cliff hanger at the end of Infinity War.
I thought it was impossible, I feared the film would run into the same problems “Solo” did.
All my apprehension was gone after seeing the film.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is better than the original Ant-Man.
Funnier, darker, more action, a stronger cast, enhanced visual effects, and a complex narrative that clearly takes the franchise to new heights.
There wasn’t really a villain in this film, in a way, you can cheer for everyone and not feel bad about it.
Ghost, who is the primary antagonist, is a sympathetic figure, an innocent person who lost her parents, and was afflicted by a medical condition that science does not have an answer for.
She didn’t murder anyone, the entire film she went out of her way to spare lives, she is among the more sophisticated villains the MEU has ever seen.
An incredible character, and her journey is endearing, I was rooting for her at the end.
That’s special, for a film to successfully blur the line between good and evil to this degree is sheer brilliance, the writers knocked the narrative out of the park.
Ant-Man’s crew (which nows works as a security team) shined in the film, they are funny to the point that they could carry a spinoff film, it’s straight magic when Ant-Man’s fellow convicts are showcased during the movie.
Ant-Man and the Wasp also does a good job of establishing a true standalone story, there is whispers of the Avengers, and the Socovia Accords, but the film is not driven by the larger Marvel story.
This movie is paced by a love, the entire story is about families getting the chance to spend quality time together.
That’s a wonderful message, Ant-Man and the Wasp is loaded with heart, it exemplifies the human spirit, and what we can achieve by working together.
The show runners also inserted the perfect setup for Ant-Man to enter the fight against Thanos, the ending of the film is dark, and provides enough basis for the title character to grow even more as he faces the fight of his life.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is a miraculous achievement, it managed to preserve the Marvel brand while expanding upon it, and put to bed the notion that sequels are never good.
Tastie Fish Rating: 4.5 Fish out 5