Ant-Man and the Wasp

Look, I’m gonna eventually say something here that qualifies as a spoiler for Avengers: Infinity War so if you haven’t seen it yet you’ve been warned. I won’t be spoiling any details from the newest Ant-Man however.

I had the opportunity to go see the new Ant-Man movie last night and I’ve gotta say that after what was an utterly depressing end to Infinity War it was kind of nice to go back to the fun little adventures of a hero like Ant-Man and not think about the fact that like over half of the Marvel characters were wiped from existence.

Yes for those of you still emotionally traumatized from the latest Avengers movie you can safely go see Ant-Man and the Wasp and just enjoy the fun-loving, quip making characters that made Marvel into the juggernaut they are today. The newest entry of the MCU in many ways is very similar to the original Ant-Man movie, just with a few things a little more fine-tuned.  It’s a fun adventure with characters everyone likes that just about anyone can enjoy.

In fact, the only people I can think that wouldn’t enjoy Ant-Man and the Wasp would be those who have already determined that they’re sick and tired of Marvel and have opted to hate everything they do now. I can’t think of any good reasons why anyone who feels that way to read further so they can go be miserable somewhere else now.

I’m not saying that Ant-Man and the Wasp is a great movie by any stretch, however. Despite how much fun it is and how much I laughed in the theatre I’ve already forgotten all the new characters names and next year when some minor detail from this movie becomes incredibly important in Avengers 4 there just isn’t any way that I’m going to remember it.  I think that has more to do with the genre than the actual quality of the film though. Like Ant-Man and The Wasp is firmly a comedy movie first, then an action adventure second, and unless a comedy movie is extremely quotable like a Superbad, Monty Python, or Stepbrothers it’s kind of doomed to be forgotten by the general audience.

At least the specifics are going to be forgotten. There are a few things that really stick out and I’ll remember for a while yet. The first and foremost being that once again Paul Rudd has reaffirmed himself as a national treasure that makes being charming, funny and relatable seem as easy as tying one’s shoes. Also on the note of Paul Rudd, I have to briefly mention that there is a specific scene in the movie where he basically has to capture the mannerisms of another actor and he nails the scene so well that I was just stunned. I don’t go to Marvel movies to see people flaunt their acting talent, but Paul Rudd just up and does it because he can I guess.

Another big takeaway for me from Ant-Man and the Wasp is that Michelle Pfeiffer has an incredible presence on camera. Like she just commands scenes just by virtue of her being there. The final takeaway I had from this movie is how good Marvel has become at managing screentime so that side characters get their moment in the sun, but don’t ever bog the movie down too much. I was really worried going into the movie that Ant-Man and the Wasp would fall into a very typical sequel trap of taking a minor character good in small doses and throwing them in our face constantly like Jack Sparrow or for this movie specifically movie Michael Peña’s character Luis and his cohort of convicts.

Thankfully those fears were never realized and I just got to enjoy this movie for the entirety of its runtime. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes a good bit of light-hearted fun, and for those of you who do go to see the movie let me just say that there are two post credit scenes, you only need to stay for the first one. Nothing important happens in the second one. Your welcome for me saving you five minutes of watching credits for nothing. Later.

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