Ant-Man and the Wasp: Heroic and Hilarious

I don’t think anyone was more excited to see Ant-Man and the Wasp more than my youngest son. Although Avengers: Infinity War was an excellent movie, not having Ant-man among the other heroic characters was a huge let down for Drew. We almost never go to the movies on opening day, but I wanted to make sure he was able to see his favorite character during the very first showing. For the record, we missed the first showing, but we did manage to catch the second one. 

“I like how he shrinks and also gets big. And he can stop villains.”
— Drew Turner

Ant-Man and the Wasp was outstanding. The movie contained humor, plenty of action and a great story line. The movie picks up some time after Captain America: Civil War and Scott (Ant-man) finds himself wrestling between trying to be an awesome dad, starting a business and trying to reignite a relationship with Hope (Evangeline Lilly); all while being on house arrest. Scott has also connected with Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), because of their subatomic connection. Coincidentally Dr. Pym ( Michael Douglas), Janet’s husband and his daughter Hope (The Wasp) have been using black market technologies to build a lab that will allow them to journey back to the subatomic realm. 

The Wasp and Ant-Man find themselves taking on two antagonists, a money hungry mob boss (Walton Goggins) and a scientific experiment gone wrong named Ghost (Hannah John-Karen). Both villains will stop at nothing to obtain the scientific lab for their own personal reasons. Ant-Man and the Wasp risks everything including their relationships and their freedom to stop their adversaries from obtaining the lab in an attempt to bring Hope’s mother back from the subatomic realm. 

Along the way, their are some great action scenes and some good old fashion cinematic fun; specifically with Luis (Michael Peña) who my oldest son and I thought was hilarious. It was refreshing to see a Marvel movie in which the heroes were trying to save their families and relationships opposed to trying to save the world from the brink of extinction. Although the villains don’t measure up to Thanos or Hela from prior Marvel movies, the movie does measure up to the first Ant-Man and according to both of my sons, Ant-Man and the Wasp surpasses the original.