"Ant-Man And The Wasp"
Yojimbo - wrote on 08/15/19
Hank and Hope grudgingly reunite with Scott in an attempt to rescue Janet from the quantum realm, but their efforts are dogged by a mysterious figure who can phase in and out of existence and a greedy industrialist attempting to steal their technology.
This is as succinct as I can make the synopsis of the plot to this sequel to the enjoyably self-deprecating Ant-Man, and its clunkiness is a reflection of the main flaw of the film. The three plot threads run in parallel, never really intertwining into a single narrative making the story feel more like an episode of Catch The Pigeon than interesting drama. Nearly every plot point revolves around one or other of their enemies popping up and stealing some necessary component at exactly the wrong moment, resulting in slapstick fights and chases with little to involve the emotions or imagination. The action and set pieces are as well executed as always, Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are once again likeable leads and some of the quips are genuinely amusing. But the supporting cast are lacklustre – Michael Pena and his crew are not particularly funny and feel like they’re there just for the sake of continuity – and the formula is starting to feel a little tired, which is a bit of a warning sign for what is only the second instalment of a franchise.
Ant-Man And The Wasp does definitely have its moments and rarely fails to entertain, but it feels like the MCU is starting to run out of steam a little.