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My headline is not original, as many reviewers have noted that this next MCU entry is a nice repose (riposa) from the heavy weight we all felt after the last Avengers movie. But, if it were just that, it would feel like a the cinematic equivalent of a pallete cleanser - that is, the in-between food that gets us ready for the next major course in the meal. Ant Man and the Wasp is anything but. Featuring an even more developed main character, ably played by Paul Rudd, and a typically great surrounding cast, this second Ant-Man feature develops its own Mini-MCU by having the eponymous micro hero involved in a significant quest of his own, to save the life of his mentor's wife, and love-interest's Mother. No spoilers here, but getting to see the lovely Michelle Pfieffer in anything these days is a treat, in and of itself. As much as she and Michael Douglas have aged, the film places them in age-appropriate settings while not taking for granted their acting skills or considerable visual appeal. Great stuff, all around, highlighted by the inimitable Michael Pena, who I just love. Even after the disastrous, "CHIPs". And that is saying something.
Marvel/Disney has been stingy with the 3D movies in the past couple of years. I've had to go to the UK to get Region Free 3D versions of my favorite Marvel/Disney movies. I wanted to get Antman & the Wasp in 3D through UK when I found it was only available in "Region 2" format. It's like they are *forcing* the market to move away from 3D. Not cool!
This movie is a perfect example of how Hollywood makes sequels. The slogan seems to be "If they liked one hour of non stop chase and shooting action they'll love 2 hours of it in the sequel" I was getting an itchy FF finger through a lot of this movie. I watched the first Ant Man movie a few days before this one and I thought the first one was a lot better. There's a few laughs in Ant Man 2 but the humer to me seemed more like the three stooges type without the face slapping. I'd like to know how they made Michael Douglas look, sound, and act like he did when he was decades younger.
Movie review: After the emotional carnage of INFINITY WAR, the MCU needed to allow us fans to catch our breath and decompress, and ANT MAN AND THE WASP allows us to do just that in a movie that is essentially a partial sequel to CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. It takes part in that corner of the MCU occupied by Scott Laing, whom we last saw fighting alongside Cap at the Berlin Airport in what might still be my favorite scene in any Marvel movie to date. Missing from that throw down was any mention of Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne, the father and daughter duo who came up with the technology that allowed Scott to become Ant Man in the first place. In the opening act A & W, which has a lot of set up and catching up, we learn just what everyone has been up to and why Scott was MIA in INFINITY WAR.
The plot of ANT MAN AND THE WASP turns on a dangling plot thread from the first Ant Man film, mainly the possibility that Hank’s wife and Hope’s mother, Janet, is still alive in the Quantum Realm (a microverse below the subatomic level), having been presumed lost there many years earlier during a mission with her husband. The three main protagonists, who have become estranged after the events of CIVIL WAR, are now forced by events to reunite on a mission to rescue Janet, but they are soon being pursued by two different sets of villains with two very different agendas with the common goal of obtaining Pym’s technology for their own use. Then there is the FBI, which has had Scott under house arrest, making any involvement by him in any of Pym’s plans very problematic. This sets up a very straight forward narrative, where the heroes have to break into and break out of various tight spots, getting captured at least once along the way, not to mention a number of chase sequences and fight scenes where the CGI gets to shine. This leads to a finale where everything is on the line and multiple characters are in serious peril, both in this world and the Quantum Realm; pretty much your typical Marvel movie.
And that is just fine, as this installment of the MCU keeps the stakes small, sometimes literally, as the world is never in danger, and there is no super Big Bad out to rule or ruin. There is a lot of easy going humor that rises out of character and situation – many laughs are had at the expense of Scott’s problems with his malfunctioning Ant Man suit, leaving him the size of child or a giant at inopportune times. There is the welcome return of Michael Pena as Scott’s ex-con partner in a new security business; Pena takes a part that could have been nothing more than comic relief and does something so much more with it. The action scenes, especially the chases through the streets of San Francisco, are a true highlight as the laws so physics are thrown out the window while speeding vehicles go from normal size to matchbox and back again. This is one of those times where they don’t try to overwhelm us with CGI, unlike INFINITY WAR and DOCTOR STRANGE where you can clearly see where actors spent all day going through their motions in front of a green screen. If the super sized ants are less than realistic, the producers clearly let us know it is all right with a wink to the audience by having a certain sci fi classic from the 50’s be conveniently playing on a TV set in one scene.
If I do have a complaint, it is that A & W lacks a strong villain, as it would have been a great opportunity to showcase Marvel’s ample rogue’s gallery. But The Ghost (played by Hannah John-Kamen), a former assassin for SHIELD who can phase through solid matter, is given a strong motive for her actions, one directly linked to Hank Pym’s past, which allows the audience to empathize with her. The other villain, a technology thief, is played by Walton Groggins with oily Southern charm, who is more comical than threatening, which is okay, but if you are a Goggins fan, then you know he is capable of so much more.
But the rest of the actors are perfectly cast, starting with the returning Paul Rudd as Scott Laing, a part that allows one of the most charming actors in the business to do what he does best, and in Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne, he gets a partner to expertly play off of in their best scenes. Old pro Michael Douglas returns as Hank Pym, one of the essential characters of the Marvel Universe and in The Avengers history. What is so great in this installment is that Douglas’s Hank is paired with Michelle Pfeiffer in the role of Janet, another great Marvel legacy character. Last year saw the return of Michael Keaton to comic book movies in SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING; and it is fitting that this summer sees the best Catwoman ever follow in the steps of the best Batman of them all. Welcome back Michelle Pfeiffer, it has been too long. Speaking of welcome, Laurence Fishbourne turns up as Bill Foster, the Giant Man of that great run of Avengers comics from the 80’s. Randall Park is FBI agent Jimmy Woo, another longtime Marvel character, my only problem is that Park plays him for laughs, a departure from the Jimmy Woo of the comic books.
One of the continuing themes that many might not pick up on is the relationship between fathers and daughters, and the unbreakable bond it forms, whether it is between Scott and his precocious Cassie, Hank and Hope, or the one between Bill Foster and Ava, aka The Ghost.
Of course there is the requisite mid credit scene, and the elephant in the room when it starts is INFINTIY WAR and the consequences of Thanos’s victory; suffice to say that this scene delivers on its promise and leaves Scott in a most precarious situation, one that may be resolved in the next Avengers film; I wonder if a throwaway line about time displacements in the Quantum Realm is a clue to how Scott might be rescued. I thought we might get a scene that also lets us know the fate of Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton as well, as he was also absent from INFINITY WAR, but the whereabouts of Hawkeye remains a mystery.
And I do wonder if I was the only one who thought we might get a hint at the existence of the Micronauts when Hank Pym first enters the Quantum Realm, you really have to be old school Marvel to remember them.
Like: The family and I were laughing out loud at several parts. It's very tongue in cheek and doesn't take itself too seriously. Like how they tied what's going on in this movie with what's going on in the rest of the Marvel extended universe. And then you've got Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfiefer . . . two awesome actors doing what they do. I also really liked the Ghost character. I enjoyed that she was a deep and interesting character.
Dislike: OK, I got it that the ants are a big part of the movie . . . but really, do we have to have the ant playing the drum set, and sitting on the couch watching TV? And you mean to tell me that the ants are smart enough to build the quantum realm tunnel reactor thingy ?!? No fingers / thumbs, etc. and they're screwing in parts and such. I can sort of suspend my disbelief for a bit with the whole shrinking and enlarging thing . . . but the ants were just too much.
And why does the lead FBI character have to be such an ignorant baffoon? Again, just silly and pointless.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 3, 2018
The Blu Ray 3D disc version of this film has great depth and scope and looks amazing like the first ANT-MAN Blu Ray 3D disc. For buyers from outside of the UK the 2 discs in this set are both region lock free (REGIONS ABC)!!!!!
4.0 out of 5 starsHumorvolle Marvel-Fortsetzung mit erstklassigen Spezialeffekten.
Reviewed in Germany on December 8, 2018
- - - - - - - - - - Handlung - - - - - - - - - - Scott Lang alias Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) begibt sich gemeinsam mit Hank Pym (Michael Douglas, "Falling Down", "The Game") und dessen Tochter Hope ('The Wasp', Evangeline Lilly, TV-Serie "Lost") auf die Suche nach der im Quantum-Mikrokosmos verloren gegangenen Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer, "Frankie & Johnny", "Tage wie dieser"). Die hierfür benötigte Technologie erregt jedoch auch die Aufmerksamkeit des Gangsters Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins, TV-Serie "Six") und der geheimnisvollen Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen, "Ready Player One", "Tomb Raider"). Ein Wettlauf gegen die Zeit beginnt. - - - - - - - - - - Kritik - - - - - - - - - - Schloss der erste Teil von "Ant-Man" die zweite Phase des Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) ab, so ist dessen Fortsetzung inmitten der dritten platziert und grenzt in der MCU-Zeitleiste an "Avengers: Infinity War" an. Erneut mit von der Partie ist Erfolgsproduzent und Mastermind Kevin Feige, der als einer der Hauptverantwortlichen die bislang 20 veröffentlichten Filme der Marvel-Studios (eine Tochtergesellschaft von Marvel-Entertainment, Bestandteil der Walt Disney Company) mit einem Einspielergebnis rund 18 Milliarden US-Dollar in nur 18 Jahren zur erfolgreichsten Filmreihe aller Zeiten geformt hat. Die für etwa 160 Millionen US-Dollar in ihrem Segment gerade einmal durchschnittlich hoch budgetierte Superhelden-Produktion ("Guardians of the Galaxy 2" und "Black Panther" verschlangen rund 200 Mio. Dollar, "Age of Ultron" 250 Mio. und "Avengers: Infinity War" sogar 300 Mio.) setzt dabei - wie auch bereits der erste Teil - verstärkt auf Humor und Situationskomik und erinnert in ihrem Dialogwitz ein wenig an "Spider-Man: Homecoming", für dessen Story sich dasselbe Autorenteam verantwortlich zeigte. Einigen Fans dürfte dies gut gefallen, anderen eventuell etwas weniger. Die gezeigten Action-Sequenzen und Computereffekte sind fulminant und sowohl die Drehorte, als auch die Settings, die auf Produktions-Designer Shepherd Frankel ("Kill the Boss", "Voll Abgezockt") und Art-Director Jay Pelissier ("Black Panther", "Fast & Furious 8") zurückzuführen sind, überzeugen. Die Besetzung der Figuren ist in Ordnung, allerdings bleiben Michael Douglas als 'Dr. Henry Pym' und Evangeline Lilly in ihrer Darstellung der 'Hope van Dyne' unerwartet eindimensional. Aber der eigentliche Star der Reihe ist ja eh Michael Peña als 'Luis'. Dessen rückblickende Erzählungen sind einfach nur zum Schreien komisch. Das mehrköpfige Autoren-Gespann, zu dem übrigens neben den "Community"- und "American Dad"-Schreiberlingen Chris McKenna und Erik Sommers ("The Lego Batman Movie") auch Hauptdarsteller und Multitalent Paul Rudd gehört, hat mit ihm eine kongeniale Figur erschaffen. Die Synchronisation, der Soundtrack aus der Feder des erfahrenen, kanadischen Komponisten Christophe Beck ("Die Eiskönigen - völlig unverfroren", "Edge of Tomorrow", "R.I.P.D.", "The Watch - Nachbarn der 3. Art") und die Klangeffekte bewegen sich auf hohem Niveau. Regie führte erneut Komödien-Profi Peyton Reed ("Ant-Man", "Der Ja-Sager", "Trennung mit Hindernissen"). Der gelungene Schnitt wurde von Dan Lebental ("Cowboys & Aliens", "Iron Man", "Thor - The Dark Kingdom") und Craig Wood ("Fluch der Karibik", "Guardians of the Galaxy") übernommen. Unter den Machern des Films befand sich in der Funktion des Executive-Producers wie immer auch die kürzlich verstorbene Marvel-Legende Stan Lee. Der Comic-Autor und Zeichner ließ es sich nicht nehmen, auch diesmal wieder seinen witzigen und kultverdächtigen Fünf-Sekunden-Cameoauftritt hinzulegen, leider einen seiner letzten. - - - - - - - - - - Randnotiz - - - - - - - - - - Offenbar wird dem Aussehen von Superhelden viel mehr Aufmerksamkeit zuteil, als man gemeinhin annehmen würde. Wie sonst wäre es zu erklären, dass man für die Produktion von "Ant-Man and the Wasp" sagenhafte sechzehn Hair-Stylisten engagiert hat. Außerdem wurden zusätzlich elf Make-Up-Artists beschäftigt. Aber bei einem High-End-Blockbuster, für den insgesamt weit mehr als zweitausend Mitarbeiter aufgefahren werden, ist das vermutlich kaum verwunderlich. Allein die Abteilung für visuelle Effekte umfasste über 1200 Digitalkünstler, Animatoren und Programmierer. - - - - - - - - - - Fazit - - - - - - - - - - Das Management des Multimedia-Riesen Sony dürfte sich heute an jedem einzelnen Tag darüber schwarz ärgern, Ende der 90er-Jahre einen Deal mit Marvel-Comics ausgeschlagen zu haben, der dem kurz zuvor aus 'Columbia Pictures', 'Tri-Star Pictures' und der Film-Sparte der 'Coca-Cola Company' hervorgegangenem Unternehmen 'Sony Pictures Entertainment' für 'nur' 25 Millionen Dollar sämtliche Film-Rechte an allen Figuren des Verlages eingeräumt hätte. Das weltweit agierende Major-Studio sah damals fälschlicherweise keine Perspektiven für Superhelden-Filme, was retrospektiv einen der finanziell wohl folgereichsten Irrtümer der Filmgeschichte repräsentiert. "Ant-Man and the Wasp" spielte an den Kinokassen weit mehr als eine halbe Milliarde Dollar ein (Spitzenreiter: "Avengers: Infinity War" mit über zwei Milliarden Dollar Box-Office) und erntet in erster Linie die Früchte, die das MCU in den letzten Jahren aufgebaut hat. Man merkt, dass das Team hinter der Kamera exzellent eingespielt ist und genau weiß, was es tut. Die Story ist in klassischer 'Save-A-Lost-Person'-Manier zwar etwas dünn geraten, aber das zu Sehende ist trotzdem stimmungsvoll und durchgehend unterhaltsam. Der amüsante Film bietet familiengerechten Humor und ein ansprechendes Tempo, aber in gleichem Atemzug auch etwas wenig Spannung oder Ernsthaftigkeit. Echten 'Thrill' sucht man bei einigen Marvel-Verfilmungen - und eben auch "Ant-Man and the Wasp" - nun mal vergebens. Was man hier gezeigt bekommt, entspricht quietschbuntem und jugendfreiem Popcorn-Kino. Wer sich daran nicht stört und über die eine oder andere Oberflächlichkeit hinwegzusehen bereit ist, kann relativ bedenkenlos zugreifen. Die Trickaufnahmen sind jedenfalls hervorragend und die meisten Sammler und Gelegenheitskonsumenten dürften sich an den 110 Minuten Kurzweil-Entertainment im 2.39:1-Bildformat erfreuen. Die ausgewiesene Altersfreigabe ab 12 Jahren ist durchaus gerechtfertigt. Hinweis: Interessenten, die das Filmerlebnis gern durch Bonus-Features ergänzen möchten, werden bei der Standard-DVD nicht fündig. Davon einmal abgesehen, sollte man sich unbedingt den kreativ gestalteten Abspann anschauen und nicht zu voreilig abschalten.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2018
This is unlike any superhero movie yet made.Brilliant,funny,moving and exciting in equal measures.I think it is more of a family comedy with elements of a heist and science fiction movie thrown with some superhero stuff for good measure.Of course there are some very good CGI scenes as you would expect.Paul Rudd is as funny as ever and even Micheal Douglas raises a few laughs and there is a great scene stealing turn from Michael Pena.All in all a very enjoyable movie that even those not enamoured of Marvel could enjoy.I might also say that it was lovely to see Michelle Pfeiffer back in a small but telling role looking as beautiful as ever.The bluray looks great and their are enough extras to satisfy the geek in all of us.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 3, 2018
A new Marvel comics movie. Sequel to 'Ant Man.' You might have trouble getting into this if you've not seen that. Along with 'Captain America: Civil War'.
And you won't understand one scene if you've not seen 'Avengers: Infinity War.'
Anyone reading this probably has seen all Marvel films anyway, but you never know.
Anyway, this begins with Scott Lang on the straight and narrow, after the end of the aforementioned Captain America film, and determined not to get in trouble with the Feds. But then Hank recruits him for a dangerous mission. That will take him into a whole new world...
This isn't a film with quite the same stakes as some of these. It just acts as a direct sequel to what came before. The villains aren't really the most memorable foes to put it mildly. And one member of the cast is disappointingly underused.
Even though I'd read reviews which said that, I found I started enjoying this after a few minutes in. And remained doing so for the remainder of the movie. Because it does have the same fun and humorous tone that the first did, and it manages to keep that going very nicely.
A good bit of fun escapism. No more. No less. So if you want a superhero movie like that, this will suit you fine.
As usual with these films, do keep watching to the very end of the closing credits.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2018
The story tells of how some 30 years ago inventor Hank Pym's (Michael Douglas) wife disappears out of sight into the abyss in the quantum realm..........Hank believes even after all this time that his wife still lives if but trapped, he needs the help of Scott Lang (Ant-Man) played by Paul Rudd and his daughter Hope (The Wasp) played by Evangeline Lilly he may by using the tunnel he's constructed find his wife. However there is a problem, Scott who lives with his young daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) has after an incident with the Avengers two years ago been tagged and is under virtual house-arrest, so how can Scott again become Ant-Man and help Hank's cause ? With the bad-guys in pursuit of gaining access to the Quantum technology and the F.B.I trying to keep their eye on Scott's movements will it be possible to create the time to stabilize the tunnel and find Hank's wife Janet ? A very comic-book action movie that is sure to delight, with it's colourful characters and a big dose of superb special-effects.
After the hugely enjoyable original, I wanted to see this. While not as sparky as the first film it's still enjoyable nonetheless. You can see Paul Rudd is now revelling in being part of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) as Ant Man and it's great to see veterans Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer in a genre that years ago you wouldn't see them in. Evangeline Lily was good to see again as Hope Van Dyne in more action sequences. But Michael Pena is the scene stealer again. Good to see the appearance of Laurence Fishbourne, too. Overall, the film's good and has some great set pieces and leads on very to "Avengers: Infinity War."
5.0 out of 5 starsI like Michael Douglas & this movie is a romp
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 21, 2019
This is a romp & a half, Douglas is great. I always liked the Ant-Man character, Wasp too. A good Marvel Movie. I reckon Stan Lee loved this one. I know it's not trendy to like Michael Douglas, but I always thought his movies were good, & in some ways this reminds me of "Romancing The Stone" for some reason. Maybe it's just me. Maybe it's the sort of dry-wit that Douglas portrays. A very under-rated Actor, he's actually on a par with Kirk Douglas for acting ability. People are just too busy knocking the guy to realize it. Stretch back in your chair & just enjoy this movie folks!
5.0 out of 5 starsLight hearted fantasy to put your feet up to and have a laugh
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 5, 2018
In keeping with the previous film this is a light hearted romp into a fantasy world all of its own. The acting is good, the storyline is sufficient and the CGI, as usual, is superb. It does not take itself seriously, so do not expect a hard hitting serious film. There are a lot of action scenes and humour spread throughout and I thought it was a great film to put your feet up to and chill out. I watch films to be entertained and this one did the job. I will watch it again in the future.
Einen Film fortzusetzen ist immer eine Sache für sich. Aber ich war mit unserer mittleren Tochter im Kino und habe es nicht bereut. „The Wasp“ bekommt eine wichtigere Rolle, aber auch die Nebenrollen machen eine gute Figur. Es gibt viel zu lachen und einige Überraschungen. Habe die Blu-ray gleich nach Erscheinen gekauft.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 13, 2020
Mainly got this to go with the rest of the Marvel collection I have. I am a Marvel fan and try to keep up to date with the Marvel movies when they come out. Its an OK watch but in my personal opinion not the best Marvel movie I have watched. This is ideal for anyone who is like myself and family who are into Marvel and building the collection up of movies.
5.0 out of 5 starsBlu-Ray was fine but couldn't get one with a sleeve
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 18, 2019
I ordered this & like in the picture expected it to come with a cardboard sleeve which it didn't. I then contacted support & told them I wanted one with a sleeve as it was for a gift for somebody who collects them. I was told no problem at all & a new one will be sent right away. When it arrived it was exactly the same! So I decided to just accept they don't have it with the outer sleeve.
4.0 out of 5 starsThe kids loved this - I did not.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 3, 2019
The whole story just felt to silly from start to finish - Jumping to the quantum realm? Yes, I know that it is a fantasy film - but it all seemed too far fetched. Bear in mind that when I say this, I own most of the Marvel and DC films and love most of them.
Having said that, I am glad that I watched it so that I am up to date with the next instalment.