Rent Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

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Synopsis:
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes 'Ant-Man and the Wasp'. Still reeling from the aftermath of 'Captain America: Civil War', Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is enlisted by Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) for an urgent new mission. He must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as they join forces to uncover secrets from the past.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Stephen Broussard, Kevin Feige
Writers:
Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby
Aka:
Ant-Man 2
Studio:
Walt Disney
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Top 100 Films, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/12/2018
Run Time:
113 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, German, Turkish
Subtitles:
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/12/2018
Run Time:
118 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, German
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish
Bonus:
  • Play Movie with Intro by Director Peyton Reed
  • Making Of Featurettes
  • Gag Reel and Outtakes
  • Deleted Scene
  • Audio Commentary
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/12/2018
Run Time:
118 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, German
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/12/2018
Run Time:
118 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
Canadian French, English, English Audio Description, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Canadian French, Cantonese, Chinese, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai

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Reviews (7) of Ant-Man and the Wasp

Very Entertaining - Ant-Man and the Wasp review by RK

This was a great, fun film with good special effects and a brilliant cast, especially Walton Goggins (what a great name) as the "baddie." I would have given it 5 stars but there were some instances in the film where the plot stalled to give way to some acts of stupidity. On the whole though, very good and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Fantastic sequel and good family fun too! - Ant-Man and the Wasp review by CS

The first film was good but this is even better! After seeing a number of very bad Marvel movies, such as The Black Panther which has been panned by the public and quite rightly so too, I was a bit sceptical, but pleasantly surprised by this film. It doesn't take itself too seriously, has some great humorous moments, some interesting ideas executed really well and is just good fun action all the way through. The actors carry their weight and unusually for a film of this type, look like they actually enjoyed working together! The script isn't bad and the direction and editing work well. All in this just has all the rights elements brought together tastefully and makes a great family movie to watch. In fact we enjoyed this much, that we watched it twice!

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Ant-Man and the Wasp is not a ruddy good film but it is a Ruddy good film… - Ant-Man and the Wasp review by DS

There is no doubt the easy charm and on-screen charisma of the always fun Paul Rudd drags Ant Man and the Wasp from the mundane to the fun. His amusing asides and observations are somehow more enjoyable and seem less acerbic than the more confident and brash Robert Downey Jnr’s Iron Man. With his crazy gang of friends, led by the ever-reliable Michael Pena, of the first film still in place the smile and laugh quotient is high and if you are not a big fan of comic-book films this definitely a much needed relief.

Luckily Rudd is surrounded by some acting chops to back up him with Evangeline Lilly back as Hope Van Dyne and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Both seem to act effortlessly and the chemistry between the three is there to be seen on the screen. Smaller roles are competently played with Randall Park playing the comic-relief role of FBI agent Jimmy Woo to the hilt.

It wouldn’t be a fair review if Walton Goggins was not mentioned as his thankless task of Sonny Burch is played without over the top gurning and histrionics and it was pleasing to see a baddie whose motivation was fairly simply – he was greedy and wanted more.

For the all the fun and excitement of the little-big world Ant Man and Wasp does have its faults though. Certainly, on the small screen, and obviously this might by the reason, a few of the CGIs affects looked a bit ‘ropey’ but a bigger problems for me is the gap between ‘that was great’ and ‘hold on a minute…’ which sometimes, like with some Star Trek films, happens the next day but in this case they happened almost simultaneously. Now some people will say it’s only a comic-book adventure, a fantasy, relax, I get that and I can but some of the shrinking and growing parts of the story bordered on silly. In particularly the luggage sized office building doesn’t stand up to the slightest of scrutiny, unfortunately for me that means I’m thinking about it whilst the film goes on.

The story certainly whips along a fair pace and is not as baggy as some Marvel stories and villain is suitable villainy and isn’t motivated by world-dominance, he even has one of the Detectorists as a henchman, I could have done with the side-order of the Ghost, which felt it was shoe-horned in and was frankly a bit, well boring. Having said this equally within the ginormous Marvel Universe Ant-Man and the Wasp does not seem to move on the character much in any way. The only part that ties this in with that Universe is the ending which leaves you in no doubt what’s happened to three of the four heroes but there’s a huge clumsy clue to how this golden goose will carry just before the ‘terrifying ending’.

All in all I was entertained and found Ant Man and the Wasp fun not least because Paul Rudd dragged it way out of the mundane ably assisted by the film’s cast but after watching and reflecting on what I was going write the nagging feeling I get, despite all that has been said and written about the comic-book world and the themes they present to viewers and readers, is fair from adult fare the more I thought about this film and all the others I say is that are childish, very simple and childish.

There I’ve said it. Now I’ll put my tin-hat on.

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Critic review

Ant-Man and the Wasp (aka Ant-Man 2) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

There’s a simpler charm to Ant-Man’s return that ramps down the dark of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A downgrade? Perhaps, when compared to the likes of the meatier movies of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, but maybe that’s what’s needed after such a heavy experience of top-tier Marvel films. It’s a summer cooldown of a picture, akin to Spider-Man: Homecoming as a simpler superhero outing. There’s no deep questioning of the cultural landscape, nor an epic quake of earth-shattering threats to be dealt with. No, Ant-Man finds fun and theatrics within smaller stories of quantum science and fast-paced chases.

Ant-Man and the Wasp quickly mop up the darkness left after Captain America: Civil War. You may recall that Scott “Ant-Man” Lang (Paul Rudd) was last seen being arrested by the government for his actions of going against Iron Man. No worries; everything is working out for Scott now. So long as he ditches the size-shifting suit, he can be under house arrest and still see his daughter while he serves his time. Not too shabby; especially since he has a new business venture in security waiting for him on the outside.

But there’s still unfinished business for his suit-developers of Doctor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his plucky daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly). When they made the discovery in the last film that someone who shrinks down into the subatomic level can successfully return, perhaps there’s hope for Hank’s decades-long missing wife Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer). With Scott’s help, they may be able to accomplish this feat.

The problem is there are other people who want that subatomic tech. Too many in fact. Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) is a phase-shifting villain with a bad case of the quantum cold, the cure lies in Pym’s work. She carries out her science-stealing with a Pym co-worker-turned-hater Doctor Foster (Laurence Fishburne). There’s also a greedy weapons dealers, Sonny Burch, played by Walton Goggins at his most Goggian, who doesn’t realize how far out of the league he is for dealing with people that can shift dimensions and sizes. And then there’s FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) who just wants to keep that crazy quantum crap off the streets, the Pyms in jail and Lang is check. Thank goodness no other superheroes decided to take an interest in this venture as it’s already a crowded picture.

There’s far too much going on to truly appreciate the heavyweight of Ant-Man’s aspects of family and friendship. This specifically hurts the film’s titular addition of Evangeline Lilly in the role of Wasp, having all the Ant-Man powers plus wings and blasters. While she certainly gets to kick some major butt in the movie’s many action scenes, from kitchen battles to car chases, she felt more like a spectacle than a player. One would think she’d play a larger role in finding her mother, considering there’s an opportune moment for her to dive into the subatomic universe and save the day. I guess we’ll just have to settle for her scaling a kitchen knife and driving a tiny car from the bad guys.

Visually, the film is a marvel of special effects, playing around with the shifting of proportions and time. There’s a brilliantly hilarious moment of Scott on a secret mission inside a school where his size-suit malfunctions and has him stuck at half the size of his normal height. Another clever aspect is how Pym has added size-changing to everything he uses in his operations, from cars that fit neatly into a toy caddy and his lab that comes with wheels and pull-lever that can be hauled as luggage. Watching the film in 3D is a real treat for the great shifting in depth of field for the shrinking sequences, more pleasing to the eyes than any 3D film in recent memory.

There’s a gentler tone to Ant-Man’s sequel that makes me want to love the film all the more, nearly enough to look past its crowded story that hardly has time for the additional subplot of Michael Pena’s security firm he runs with Scott. The same themes of making sacrifices for the sake of family is still present, including Scott’s daughter that delivers another spot-on pep talk. Despite being repetitious of the previous film, I like how this theme carries deeper into the plot, leading a finale that doesn’t end with the villains being obliterated. It’s all kept so cheerful that I’m almost frustrated the film never goes from good to great. Still, it does a very good job at presenting a pleasing heist picture that always feels exciting if not entirely deep. It also keeps its distance from the events of Avengers: Infinity War but still does acknowledge them in one of the most shattering mid-credit sequences of any Marvel movie. Oh, yes, we’ll get back to that whole issue in the MCU, but for now, just enjoy boy-sized Ant-Man and a blaster-armed Wasp trying to save lives.

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