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Ant-Man and the Wasp review

The film ties in directly to the events of "First Avenger: Civil War": After Scott Lang alias Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) fought the Avengers at Leipzig Airport alongside Captain America and Black Widow, he was under Arrested. And a little later delivered to the USA on the condition that he wore an electronic ankle cuff for two years. That time is almost up. That's a good thing, because Ant-Man's help is urgently needed - from Ur-Ant-Man Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope van Dyne alias the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), who are still on the run from the police. But they sense a chance to bring Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) back. Hank's wife and Hope's mother were lost in subatomic space many years ago. The life-threatening excursion into the quantum realm, however, does not succeed without the help of Ant-Man. Meanwhile, the FBI and the mysterious villain Ghost take up the pursuit of the three.

The Marvel Studios took a not inconsiderable risk with the first "Ant-Man" three years ago, the character created in the early 1960s is not exactly the most famous hero in the Marvel universe. Still, the production grossed well over $ 500 million, making it even more successful at the box office than the first films by Captain America, Thor and Hulk. Like part one, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” was directed by Peyton Reed, who celebrated his breakthrough in 2003 with the love comedy “Down with love”. The shooting began in August 2017 with a budget of just under 160 million US dollars, primarily in Atlanta, Georgia. With Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburn and Randall Park, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" has top-class cast right down to the supporting roles.

What made “Ant-Man” so surprisingly different and entertaining in 2015 was primarily its lightness and the varied play with the dimensions. A hero who can shrink to the size of an insect within seconds and then assume the size of a giant a little later has never been seen in this form on the screen. Especially in the spectacular action scenes, this caused quite a few moments of surprise and an increased pulse for cinema-goers. The special effects and action moments in the sequel therefore no longer cause great amazement. The game with zooming in and out was still completely fresh and fresh in the first part, in "Ant-Man and the Wasp" it sometimes degenerates into an end in itself. Especially when director Reed uses this element in an almost inflationary way.

One example is a fight sequence between Wasp and the henchmen of gun dealer and movie villain Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins). During this scene, Wasp changes its size practically every second, which not only wears the effect off in the long run but also gets quite boring while watching. The chases are less used and - due to the ingenuity of the trick specialists - downright bizarre, since the changed proportions are not applied to people but to objects. When the cars involved in the fast-paced, pulsating car chases suddenly turn into their cute miniature editions and heat the asphalt at least as fast and spectacularly as the originals, then it is extremely amusing and entertaining to watch. Many other objects and objects are also unexpectedly miniaturized, including Hank Pym's laboratory. Or small objects are enlarged, such as a salt shaker and various children's toys, which in the further course are mostly misused as dangerous projectiles and weapons.

Unfortunately, the creators took much less effort into characterizing and designing the figures. This is especially true of the bad guys. Sonny Burch is a borderline dumb, not very scary villain who seems only able to always send his lackeys and whipping boys out when danger is imminent. In any case, he does not face any real threat. The same goes for the young Ava alias Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). Rather, she is a tragic, pitiful figure than a serious opponent of Ant-Man. And when your story is rolled out in the course of the film, pity and regret set in - unfortunately the wrong emotional reactions, since an antagonist should actually stand for danger and cause anxiety.

Conclusion: Although some effects have already worn out and the villains seem too harmless, director Peyton Reed succeeds with “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, a fast-paced, humorous summer blockbuster garnished with bizarre ideas.

Rating: 7/10

This film review was written by our editor Björn Schneider.

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