ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
SYNOPSIS: 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 grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance 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 the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.
Scott Lang: Hold on, you gave her wings?
Dr. Hank Pym: And Blasters.
Scott Lang: So I take it you didn't have that tech available for me?
Dr. Hank Pym: No, I did.
Ok Marvel fanatics, the answer to "where the heck is Ant-Man?" during the Infinity War film is answered. I'm not sure you're going to like the answer, but it's an answer. The consequence of such plays a noticeable influence on the plot of this movie. Other than that, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is up to his old ANTics again in this totally entertaining movie. When I say totally, I'm referring to the fact that this film, like the first one, has a bit of everything: it's intellectual, funny, action-packed, with just a hint of romance, and some of the most amazing special effects and visuals you'll ever see. If you want to compare it to the first Ant-Man film, I would have to say it's about as good. The first one might have a slight edge, but of course this is all subject to your own opinion. I can see some of you might think this one is better, others that it's about the same, and others that it's not as good. I think it's neck and neck. Dr. Pym and Hope along with all the science involved with the Ant-Man and now the Wasp, bring a highly intellectual component to the film. Scott and his "other" crew especially Luis (Michael Peña) are in the forefront of the comedy in this film, considering that almost everybody has some form of comedic moment(s). Be on the lookout for another one of those Luis telling a story moments in the film . . . it is comedic magic. In the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), Ant-Man and now Ant-Man and the Wasp are arguably the funniest of all Marvel films with the exception and honorable mention of Thor Ragnarok. As for the action-packed, well it goes without saying anything else about it. But of course, I will, because the introduction of the Wasp in all this is quite the treat. She really kicks butt beyond Ant-Man's capabilities and they make a fantastic dynamic duo. My crush on Evangeline Lilly started with Real Steel (I haven't had a chance to see her other work yet) and has grown with these two Marvel flicks. She is holding her own in this superhero world. The love/hate relationship between Scott and Hope is entertaining and will keep you on your toes. You just don't know if they are coming or going. The special effects in this film are truly mesmerizing. In this regard, I do believe this second installment surpasses the first one. Another special aspect to this one is we are treated to a little bit more of Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson), Scott's adorable little girl. She is as cute and adorable as ever.
One aspect of this film that I found to potentially leave you wanting is that of the villain. Powerful and difficult to deal with, yes, conflictive, yes, motivated to be a villain, sure, but the cause of her motivation is not very villainous thus weakening her status as one. But then again the overall focus seemed to be more about saving Hank's wife, Hope's mom, from the quantum realm. This is the ultimate goal of this movie. So the villain aspect was almost secondary which is a little weird, but overall, it worked well enough. Priscilla got a kick out of the various shots in San Francisco, and literally jumped out of her seat at the now anticipated Stan Lee cameo. Director Peyton Reed reprises his role and keeps the fun going. If the formula works, don't change a thing. This movie is truly awesome fun and you just might leave the theater wanting to see it again. By all means, don't miss one of the most jaw dropping end credit scenes EVER!
Review By Cine Marcos
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