Monday, 30 July 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp (5 Stars)
This is the year of Marvel. I like the Marvel films anyway, but there have never been so many good films in a row as this year: "Black Panther", "Infinity War" and "Deadpool 2"; now "Ant-Man and the Wasp"; later this year there will be "Venom". It's a great time to be a movie fan.
"Ant-Man and the Wasp" takes place after the events of "Captain America: Civil War", but it also refers to the events of "Ant-Man". It takes place parallel to "Infinity War". It's useful to watch all the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films in order. There will probably be a gigantic box set of all the MCU movies on Blu-ray. I don't just mean the MCU Phase One and Phase Two box sets with six films each, I mean a mega box set with at least 22 films, maybe a lot more. That will be a good starting point for newcomers, but not for me. I've been buying the Blu-rays one by one as they're released.
The film starts with Scott Lang (Ant-Man) under house arrest because of his illegal activities in "Captain America: Civil War". It's very noble of him to obey the requirements of the law. With his powers he could shrink out of the electronic tag, travel halfway round the world, then return home to put the tag back on. But he's a reformed man now.
Most of the story has to do with him helping Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, to retrieve his lover Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp, from the Quantum realm where she's been trapped for thirty years.
When the film started I thought it had too much humour. As it continued I changed my mind. It wasn't too much, it was just enough humour to prepare for the hard-hitting action scenes.
This is one of the best films of 2018.