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Movie review – Ant-Man and the Wasp: A colossal sting of humour

The titular character, Scott Lang ( Paul Rudd) is serving time under house arrest due to his participation in the events of Captain America: Civil War. Two years later, and with just a few days left in his serving time, Hope Van Dyne ( Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym ( Michael Douglas) snatch up Scott from his incarceration, in order to rescue Hank’s wife, Janet Van Dyne ( Michelle Pfeiffer) from the mysterious quantum realm.

One of Ant-Man and the Wasp’s most enjoyable moments is in the form of the Wasp herself. Scott’s love interest and partner in crime, Hope, who now dons the suit of the Wasp is worthy of the share in the titular role. She packs a mean punch in every action sequence as she strives to rekindle her long-lost relationship with her mother, Janet, the original Wasp.

Director Peyton Reed comes back to direct Ant-Man and the Wasp, and maximises the attributes which made its predecessor, Ant-Man thick, which is the shrinking technology constructed by Hank Pym. It brings humour in the midst of chaos, and unimaginable ways to get things done efficiently.

While the film serves up a good comedic remedy from Avengers: Infinity War, its core theme of family provides for the most heartfelt and emotional moments. Scott is a loving father to Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson). Their father and daughter relationship gives the movie depth and some believe it sets up the Marvel universe for potential possibilities later on in the franchise. Family also comes in the form of the bond between Scott, Hope and Hank as they come to each other’s rescue in times of jeopardy. The romantic relationship and conversations between Scott and Hope are sweet and humorous at the same time. Hope’s search for her mother is heart-warming as well.

Unlike Marvel supervillains such as Killmonger and Loki, this movie takes place at a smaller scale level due to its deviation from the traditional villain format, in this case, Ghost played by Hannah John-Kamen. She does not seek world destruction but only wants to save herself. This gives the film a lighter tone overall.

However, Walton Gigging’s character, Sonny Burch seems to be a superfluous villain in the film, with his bumbling attempts to steal Hank Pym’s technology, acting as a side story of the film. However, he does provide a quality supply of comedy when he is on screen. Regarding humour, you can’t disregard the contributions of Scott’s business partner in Luis (Michael Pena), who has already proven himself to be a funny storyteller in the movie’s predecessor.

Overall, Ant Man and The Wasp is a great summer movie. It is slow and steady but keeps Marvel’s flagship sailing towards different possibilities, or rather ‘alternate realities’. If you enjoyed the first movie, then you will be sure to be up for a buzzing experience this time around.

As anticipated, you better stay locked on to your seats for the post-credits scenes as eager-eyed Marvel fans will know.