After Infinity War I thought what else Marvel could show me which make it matter, with Ant-man and The Wasp they didn’t even try to make it matter and that is what makes it great. This film is more a sequel to Civil War rather than the first Ant-man as it happens 2 years after the event. Scott Lang/Ant-man (Paul Rudd) is under house arrest due to his involvement in Civil War.
Meanwhile, Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) together with his father Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) try to save Janet Van Dyne/Wasp (Michelle Pfeiffer) which they thought still in the quantum world, so they create a machine that could bring them there. Ava/Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) due to her reasoning try to get the machine for her own reason. Other than her, there also Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) who also try to get the machine but for money.
So the story pretty much is all about that, Scott try to help Hope but at the same time try not to screw up his house arrest. Together, they also need to secure the machine from Ava and Sonny. In other words, the story is quite simple and not really bring anything new to the Marvel universe. It might not work for some, but for me I love it. Due to its simplicity, the movie able to focus more on the relationship between the characters. I think the strongest element of this movie is the casual interaction between the characters even how tense the situation should be. That makes the movie more enjoyable and fresh. It also make sure the story is compact without any unnecessary conflict.
I feel the movie was told with great pace – just keep going and going without so much of filler. Sure it wasn’t as deep as some other Marvel’s but I think it works wonder because of the movie release after Infinity War. When you already see something that is heavy, a more light story is much more enjoyable and for me preferable. Sure the movie lack of great, deep characters especially the villain however that help to make the movie more easy to watch and you would enjoy it so much even though you do not really care about the story after the credit roll (do WATCH the post-credit scene though).
I do feel that we currently have too many superhero movies and I myself feel the fatigue. However, Ant-man and The Wasp manage to release me from it without as many changes as Ragnarok or as ‘deep’ as Black Panther and show me something fresh even though it is not new. The action was good because the ‘super-power’ that they have is great by itself, smaller or bigger can make the action become better and funnier. I certainly have no complaint about the effect or anything. In other words, for me, there is no noticeable flawed. The acting was good.
Maybe this is not something that you would say “Wow even after a big movie like Infinity War, they could pull something like this” however I believe you will enjoy this movie so much and you will appreciate every minute of it, which what really matter.