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Ant man and the Wasp review

Even if you are not a Marvel fan, the two-hour long superhero movie shall entertain you in a sunny afternoon along with a sweeten doughnut and English tea. It is a comedy, fantasy and family film.

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As usual, the villains eventually get what they deserved and the heroic act goes on, everybody is happy ever after, at least, in the remaining time of its film and surely, excluding the Avengers 4: Infinity war. I admire this film as the Ant-man production is able to deliver unexpected contents within this main idea each time. Peyton Reed, the director of the film, was hell-bent to abandon the concept of villain that their power set was always equivalent or similar to the protagonist. He chose a different approach in ‘Ant Man and the Wasp’ by putting the mysterious ghost, Ava(Hannah John Kamen) and crooked illegal market dealer Sunny Burch(Walton Goggins) to after the quantum technology from Hank and Hope.

Hank Pym(Michael Douglas) told his daughter, Hope van Dyne(Evangeline Lily) that her mother might still be alive after knowing Scott came back from the fabric of the quantum world. Meanwhile, Scott Lang, (Paul Rudd), had been penalised on a home arrest for two years because of his involvement in Avenger’s activity and it was only three days before he could finally gain his freedom again. While he was spending a sweet family time with his daughter, Cassie, (Abby Ryder Fortson), Hank was closed to develop a quantum tunnel that could bring his wife, Janet Van Dyne(Michelle Pfeiffer) who trapped in a subatomic level back to this world. Soon after, the call from Scott, who had had a weird dream about Janet, reassured Hank and Hope that the technology definitely worked despite the overloaded incident in the first attempt. They believed Scott was quantumly entangled with Janet when the quantum machine was operated. The malfunction of the machine occurred due to a component missing so they met up with Sunny Burch, the black market dealer for a trade. Hope arrived in a fancy hotel lobby as a buyer only to be empty-handed when Sunny had realised the lucrative profit in their technology and double-crossed them. Hope turned to the Wasp and fought with the Sunny’s guards for the piece of machinery part. However, the shirked lab as well as the component, ended up on Ghost’s hands when she showed up after the fierce fighting of Hope and Sunny’s men.

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This is a nice cinematic introduction. It is a direct entry commonly used in telling an action story. Comparing to the first movie, the production behind Ant-man has improved in terms of scene transitions, acting skills, and storytelling. One fragment of the movie that is noticeable though is when Lang changing his behaviour from a beloved father to post-adolescent when his work-in-progress suit malfunctioned in searching the trophy at her daughter school. While there are still some comedic elements in between, the personalities of Lang are not defined clearly at this point.

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The Ant-man production focuses the enlarge and shrink elements particularly in this film. The car chase scenes and resizing buildings have become their signatures that other movies will be hard to take over its attribute in the industry. I suggest the ant armies idea should also be implemented more often in the film as ants work together supposedly in nature. ‘Ant man and the Wasp’ concentrates on individual abilities which are satisfying to watch as heroic figures, but utilising the ants’ innate tendency as a part of the key elements in developing the plots, it would enhance the story in a more realistic way. Though it is understandable that within two hours of storytelling, it seems to be difficult to compress all of the exciting features in frames. The crew had already done an excellent job.

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They pick the right candidates for the supporting characters. I enjoy Randall Park’s performance as much as Laurence Fishburne’s. The scene where Randall plays as an FBI agent, Jimmy Woo, inclines himself down to Cassie with a pity smile then articulately explains what exactly happened to her father in the most confusing way possible to her after she asked why wouldn’t he leaves her father alone cracks me up. His acting was light and delicate. And when Laurence plays the role which he has in-depth experience in, it really brings out the flavours to the screen.

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