Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures | Release Date: July 6, 2018
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TrevorsViewJul 12, 2018
We can learn a lot from ants’ intelligence at work from the way they coordinate with such precision by second nature, although can we learn similarly from Ant-Man and the Wasp? Well, think of it this way: we’re focused right now on one ofWe can learn a lot from ants’ intelligence at work from the way they coordinate with such precision by second nature, although can we learn similarly from Ant-Man and the Wasp? Well, think of it this way: we’re focused right now on one of those films that utilizes the actors’ blocking to signify sexual tension in a dumb way that leaves nothing to the imagination. Likewise, no true written or directed coordination puts anything at stake here, its excessive jokes left to treat ants more humane than any actual humans on screen. Maybe if the humans’ motivations were realistic, then these absurd circumstances could turn somewhat believable?

Here are some examples. The foul script particularly turns Hope’s (the Wasp) father, Hank, into a dislikable boss who throws everything beneath his feet without compassionate support, serving a small part of bland stereotypes. Another part of those stereotypes includes the FBI worker who suddenly searches Scott’s (Ant-Man) home, resembling an evasive insect as opposed to a legitimate character. The same describes the leads: while Hope does get to kick butt, she later becomes nothing beyond a slightly sex’d down love interest to the male lead. Thus, you’ll get the feel of mental pests plaguing your brain nerves, ants sent through your eyeballs to break apart your cerebrum for nest eggs.

So what does Ant-Man and the Wasp succeed at? Well, one early scene shows Scott entertaining his daughter Cassie in a cardboard recreation of his previous adventure, alongside his magic tricks that keep up its own consistent story arc. Yes, the father-daughter instances satisfy enough to make you want to see these two together, especially once spur-of-the-moment FBI searches interrupt their time together. To further sentimentalize the personal touches, he nicknames her, “Peanut,” much like how Hope’s parents call her “Jellybean,” and Cassie calls her dad, “World’s Greatest Grandma.” Besides the main families, the key villain, Ava (or “Ghost“), whose cells suffer molecular disequilibrium, connects to heartbreaking results with her adopted dad.

Of course, being a Marvel property, you should expect laughs aplenty; memorable gags turn small things giant and vice versa, chuckles a guarantee when Scott gets stuck to half his size in an elementary school. Michael Peña (American Hustle, Crash) delivers some nice rapid-fire comedy too during his funny narration on truth serum. Plus, Peyton Reed’s (Ant-Man) direction meets expectations based on how he utilizes the Wasp’s powers to memorable results against bad guys. Then inside the quantum realm, colossal tardigrades lunge toward you, creating a surreal environment Michelle Pfeiffer’s (Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys) acceptable portrayal complements satisfactorily. Yet let me say: she looks ridiculously young! Not a wrinkle anywhere! Do they have an anti-aging salon in the quantum realm because she looks just like one of those formerly famous Hollywood actresses who’s trying to hard to stay relevant! Oh wait…

I know you hate it when I trash on Marvel, but it still fails to be art because of how much a lazy corporate product it is. Marvel may be tremendous at the whole marketing strategy, yet its familiar shiny flaw-free world comes off inauthentic under its excessive, random pop culture references. Not to mention it will not make this film age well, considering the products of the cinematic universe will last far longer than the company’s profits. These producers trying to make stuff cool takes priority over practicality, forcing chuckles from scientifically educated viewers by the carelessness of how the science talk is treated. Heck, a shrunken car matches the speed of regular sized ones for crying out loud! So even though slight emotional doses ground the viewer’s optimism, the willful suspension of disbelief runs way off track.

Yeah, I understand, I must avoid overthinking a summer popcorn movie, except the nauseous editing by Dan Lebental (Ant-Man, Iron Man) and Craig Wood (Guardians of the Galaxy, Pirates of the Caribbean) ramble on lame humor rather than slowing down to linger on the pain. It’s not enjoyable when desires inappropriately go to quick plot point progression, the only hint of deceleration present when slow-motion knives are thrown.

It appears even the performers themselves didn’t want to get to know their roles well. Instead of acting jittery, Paul Rudd causes serious discomfort as Michael Douglas’ (Fatal Attraction, Wall Street) weak motivation spurts out unintentionally funny angry outbursts towards his colleagues. Worst above all, not one single believable relationship holds up the entire feature, that includes the necessary fear of a family crisis built between Ant-Man and Ava.

But good news! You have need to set sail through Marvel’s shipwrecked celebration of American pride. It’s summer for crying out loud, ride a bike! Enjoy the sun!
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CPD98Jul 8, 2018
No perdáis el tiempo. Ant-Man 2 es basura. La primera es mucho mejor, esta secuela ofrece una trama barata y unos villanos insulsos. Todo el protagonismo recae en Evangeline Lilly. El resto sobra.
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SoupmanSpiffJul 25, 2018
This movie honestly starts with promise with the comical, lighthearted humor from the first movie but then plummets by including a new elements most viewers act like they care about such as the villain ghost unlike in the first movie felt dryThis movie honestly starts with promise with the comical, lighthearted humor from the first movie but then plummets by including a new elements most viewers act like they care about such as the villain ghost unlike in the first movie felt dry without any character only motivation and the movie also rides on a lot of tropes the first movie made. All in all it feels like a badly written fan-fiction because it reuses the charm from the first movie and has new characters that are boring and feel like they are there to move the story Expand
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J_CigsJul 7, 2018
This movie feels so lifeless compared to the other MCU movies. Especially compared to the first film. It just feels like a plot device for the upcoming Avengers 4 film so they could introduce a scapegoat for them traveling back in time toThis movie feels so lifeless compared to the other MCU movies. Especially compared to the first film. It just feels like a plot device for the upcoming Avengers 4 film so they could introduce a scapegoat for them traveling back in time to save the universe from Thanos. The comedy in this film feels really low brow starting from the beginning. The FBI lead played by Randall Park that is trying to bust Paul Rudd from leaving his house is annoyingly bad. He felt like a comedy character in a Disney live action kids show. The action is really forgettable. Just rent this movie. It really is just a 2 hour plot device for Avengers 4. Expand
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AxeTJul 15, 2018
All I could think about sitting through this conveyor belt cookie cutter nonsense was how inappropriate a use of my time and lack of priorities to allow myself to be subjected to it. That and Disney having bought Pixar, Marvel, LucasfilmAll I could think about sitting through this conveyor belt cookie cutter nonsense was how inappropriate a use of my time and lack of priorities to allow myself to be subjected to it. That and Disney having bought Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm (all of which show premature strain) and in the process of swallowing Twentieth Century Fox; is now the biggest threat to new Hollywood movies with its more than ever overly safe, formulaic, and politically correct output. Michael Douglas never should have signed on to begin with, while it's perfect for Paul Rudd. Expand
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GreatMartinJul 6, 2018
Sequels are very seldom as good as the original and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” just shows that again. Not being a sci-fi or Marvel man the only reason I went to see the original was because I am a Paul Rudd fan and I was surprised at how much ISequels are very seldom as good as the original and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” just shows that again. Not being a sci-fi or Marvel man the only reason I went to see the original was because I am a Paul Rudd fan and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the humor brought to it.
The sequel, written by 5 people, is a mish-mash of ideas, special effects, and illogical sequences all over the place. Ant-Man is now a small ant then a small man then a giant as is the Wasp, buildings, cars and anything else that comes along, except Michael Douglas and Michele Pfeiffer going back and forth through the 4th level! Oh did I mention that Douglas has a digital face lift while Michele doesn’t? Along with every special effect you can think of, that is at least repeated 2-3 times as are the chases of all kinds there are more jokes thrown out that don’t land.
Paul Rudd is good as the Ant-Man and as a father to Abby Ryder Fortson along with at 14 other actors and comedians given time in the movie to do their ‘thing’ though some like Bobby Cannavale are completely wasted.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” seems endless with 3-4 endings
Okay Tom Cruise don’t make me regret going to see “Mission Impossible” sequel number 563!
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JackOswalAug 5, 2018
This movie isn't as good as the first one. The villain is great, the acting is great but the story is boring. I do not recommend this movie. It lacks a good story.
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