Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) — A complicated rescue plan indeed

“You can do it. You can do anything. You’re the world’s greatest grandma.”

Justin’s rating: My daughter asked what super-power I would have. I told her “mega flatulence.”

Justin’s review: I like that there’s a place for a more light-hearted, mid-tier superhero in MCU’s roster, because it’s nice to see the average guy able to rise up to the level of the Avengers once in a while. And while Ant-Man and the Wasp might not have been the most amazing outing for this franchise, it was breezy Friday night fun for me and the kids with lots of laughs and enough fun effects to make it worthwhile.

On house arrest after the events of Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is trying to be a good dad to his daughter Cassie and counting down the days when he can go back outside and get to work at his security firm. This safe-and-responsible plan goes awry when he gets a message from the quantum realm suggesting that Hank Pym’s (Michael Douglas) wife might still be alive. So we go from a heist in the first film to a rescue in the second. The stakes aren’t insignificant, but they’re not “save the world” important either. It allows for enough breathing room to set up a lot of jokes and visual gags relating to the growing and shrinking technology on display.

Complicating things is… well, a lot. The FBI is out to try to prove that Scott’s breaking his house arrest, a shady black market guy and his goons are trying to steal Pym’s stuff, and a super-powered woman named Ghost is trying to harness the quantum realm to repair her body (which can currently move through matter). It also doesn’t help that Scott’s Ant-Man suit doesn’t always work as planned, leading to one of the movie’s best scenes, when he’s shrunk to half-size and has to masquerade as a kid in an elementary school.

Unfortunately, the action and comedy isn’t as evenly spread as it should’ve been, leading to sections that are treading water. I could’ve done without the six or so times that Pym’s miniaturized lab was stolen, recaptured, and stolen again. And other than Scott’s running gag of giving his flying ants different name (Ulysses S. Gr-Ant, Ant-onio Banderas), these insect companions aren’t featured nearly as much as they were in the first movie.

You know how there are movies that you like well enough while watching but after they’re done you think, “Well, I don’t ever need to see that again?” That’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. It’s probably something my kids — who genuinely laughed a whole lot while seeing this — will rewatch plenty, but I’m just going to check it off my MCU list and move on.

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