‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ Movie Review Roundup: Critics Find It Fun, Yet Forgettable Compared To Recent Marvel Movies
Ant-Man and the Wasp picks up with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) simultaneously managing both his fatherly and work-related responsibilities following Captain America: Civil War. He’s approached by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with a new mission, on which he must learn how to work with the Wasp (Michelle Pfeiffer/Evangeline Lilly).
Marvel Studios‘ Ant-Man and the Wasp was directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Fiege. The movie has earned a decent 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Although Ant-Man and the Wasp didn’t make a huge splash for critics, many found it to be a light, airy and fun film.
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“But as massive as Scott grows — or as wibbly as things get in the mercurial jellybean hurricane that is the Quantum Realm — the film still feels comparatively minor and light-hitting. There’s no getting away from the fact that Ant-Man And The Wasp, as fun as it is, lacks the sheer, mind-blowing heft of Infinity War. Or, for that matter, the scope and thematic muscle of Black Panther. Or the all-the-way-out-there, inventive deliriousness of Thor: Ragnarok. In this new era of Marvel over-achievement, it really does feel like a lesser work.”
– Dan Jolin, Empire
“Directed by Peyton Reed from a script by Rudd and a raft of co-writers, Ant-Man and the Wasp serves its purpose with a characteristically sunny disposition and occasional flair, situating its various heroes, villains and sidekicks for future installments and moving the Marvel behemoth ever forward. Amid a story that seemingly will never end, Rudd brings warmth and modest good humor to one of its most ingratiating and sweet-natured chapters. Ant-Man and the Wasp is merry and fleet, and no less enjoyable for being instantly forgettable. The buzz might be temporary, but it’s fun while it lasts.”
– Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
“There’s nothing in this movie that packs the kind of emotional punch Marvel aimed for in Black Panther and Infinity War, its behemoth hits of 2018, but that’s a welcome relief. Though this is its 20th entry, the Disney-owned super-franchise still knows how to find a light touch, and not every superhero battle needs to be bigger and more expensive than the last. Ant-Man and the Wasp revels in wringing joy from mundane items—a giant salt shaker is a weapon in one scene, as is an inflated Hello Kitty Pez dispenser in another. The moment I could really tell Reed was firing on all cylinders was when Ant-Man grows to giant size, kneels on a nearby truck, and starts using it like a scooter, pedaling his way to the nearest fight. I’d like to see Thanos try that trick.”
– David Sims, The Atlantic
“Ant-Man and the Wasp is an airy, nimble piece of filmmaking: Reed’s confidence to unapologetically embrace weirdness — like imagery of ants playing drums or responding to telepathic commands — gives the franchise its distinctly playful spirit. His stars, Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, reprise their roles and further energize Marvel’s most lovable romance. And the action sequences, with their constant, dynamic manipulation of size and scope, are as creative as they are thrilling. The film is bundles of fun, so much so that I found myself wishing it had a bit more to offer than just a good time at the movies.”
– Alex Abad-Santos, Vox
“Marvel has demonstrated its ability to tell a wide variety of stories featuring its characters — including its expansion into television — and as noted, there is something to be said for doing what amounts to a smaller-boned version of a superhero movie, without tons of cameos and crossovers. On that level, Ant-Man and the Wasp works well enough. But for all its talk about plunging into the quantum realm, it’s more of a hop than a leap.”
– Brian Lowry, CNN
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