Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
The Sydney Film Festival is wrapped up for 2019! Click here to check out our must-see films with the SWITCH team's reviews.x
review, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ant-Man, and, the, Wasp, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Peña, Laurence Fishburne, Randall Park, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen, David Dastmalchian, Peyton Reed film rating

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

★★★

LITTLE FILM PACKS A BIG PUNCH

THEATRICAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Brent Davidson
29th June 2018

Make no mistake, I love me a good Marvel film; I'm down for an epic face-melting CGI experience. But what the MCU does so well is offset these large mind-blowing epics such as ‘The Avengers’, with smaller, riskier and more diverse offerings. These offerings, while not being the mind-melting experience that their bigger brothers might be, allow the created universe to be more intricate, interesting and interconnected. Ant-Man is the perfect example of this: a much beloved hero, not looking to make a huge splash - but you know what they say about ants... they are able to carry ten times their own body weight.

Set a couple of years after the events of ‘Civil War’, and we find Scott under house arrest (for his participation). Mere days away from getting out of his sentence, he is visited by a strange dream while taking a bath. This dream prompts him to get in touch with his old team Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglass) and his daughter and The Wasp, Hope Pym (Evangeline Lilly) to save their mother - but when an unidentified force tries to stop them, Ant-Man must face his greatest challenge yet!

'ANT-MAN AND THE WASP' TRAILER

I have to admit that I love Paul Rudd - his comedic timing and heartwarming performances, which I honestly think is one of this film’s greatest strengths. He is what makes these films so enjoyable and he definitely has the charisma to hold up the franchise. He is also super buff now, which is a thing. While Hope (The Wasp) is a big help to Ant-Man, it's definitely still Ant-Man's show. Which is a shame, because there could be so much done with this tiny evil-fighting duo, the chemistry between Rudd and Lilly doesn't seem forced at all, and is frankly more equal than a lot of other Marvel on-screen romances.

I love a lady that doesn't need saving!

They are saving themselves, with flair, humour and a whole lot of ass-kicking. I also love a complex villain, and this is delivered in spades with Hannah John-Kamen's portrayal of Ghost. I don't want to give away too much, but the ultimate female badass boss of the whole film is Michelle Pfeiffer - could they please just make a movie with her as the title character? I would pay good money to see that.

They are saving themselves, with flair, humour and a whole lot of ass-kicking.

There is humor aplenty in ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’, but it is a bit more widely appealing than say 'Deadpool', and it almost feels like Ant-Man is the family-friendly version of 'Deadpool' - not taking itself too seriously, while at the same time delivering an absolutely thrilling and fun ride. The Marvel self-awareness is also always out in force in their more "side films", and one of the funniest moments in the film comes with Rudd's line: "Do you just put the word ‘Quantum’ in front of everything," because it's what we are all thinking, but at the same time we really aren't here for accurate science.

We’re here for a good time.

We’re given a great time for our efforts. The big and small gags deliver like in the first film and it delicately treads between kitsch, comedy, action and heartwarming moments. Which is why for such a little film, 'Ant-Man and The Wasp' packs a big punch.

P.S. - make sure you stay for the post credits scene. Really. Don’t even think of leaving.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 05/07/2018
CAST: Paul Rudd
Evangeline Lilly
Michael Douglas
Michelle Pfeiffer
Michael Peña
Laurence Fishburne
Randall Park
Walton Goggins
Hannah John-Kamen
David Dastmalchian
DIRECTOR: Peyton Reed
WRITER: Andrew Barrer
PRODUCERS: Kevin Feige
Stephen Broussard
AntMan
AntMan
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Yesterday - A new British comedy with a little help from The Beatles
TRENDINGWIN YESTERDAYA new British comedy with a little help from The Beatles
Yesterday - Great concept, disappointing execution
TRENDINGYESTERDAYGreat concept, disappointing execution
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan - Close to home
TRENDINGDANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TANClose to home
Toy Story 4 - Entertaining but thoroughly unnecessary
TRENDINGTOY STORY 4Entertaining but thoroughly unnecessary
Claire Darling - A French film fail
TRENDINGCLAIRE DARLINGA French film fail
The Final Quarter - Tackling a shameful chapter in AFL history
TRENDINGTHE FINAL QUARTERTackling a shameful chapter in AFL history
Standing Up For Sunny - A comedy without the comedy but very sweet
TRENDINGSTANDING UP FOR SUNNYA comedy without the comedy but very sweet
My Big Gay Italian Wedding - A ridiculously fun love story
TRENDINGMY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDINGA ridiculously fun love story
2040 - A hopeful look into our environmental future
TRENDING2040A hopeful look into our environmental future
Parasite - A bloodthirsty and very funny look at class warfare
TRENDINGPARASITEA bloodthirsty and very funny look at class warfare
Saturday Afternoon - A shocking and abrasive assessment of terrorism
TRENDINGSATURDAY AFTERNOONA shocking and abrasive assessment of terrorism
The Third Wife - Artistic, painful and beautiful
TRENDINGTHE THIRD WIFEArtistic, painful and beautiful
Kursk - When tragedy and bureaucracy collide
TRENDINGKURSKWhen tragedy and bureaucracy collide
Judy & Punch - A dark fairytale from a fresh Australian voice
TRENDINGJUDY & PUNCHA dark fairytale from a fresh Australian voice
The Nightingale - A blunt and brutal period piece
TRENDINGTHE NIGHTINGALEA blunt and brutal period piece
Blinded By The Light - The spiritual sequel to Bend It Like Beckham
TRENDINGBLINDED BY THE LIGHTThe spiritual sequel to Bend It Like Beckham
School of Seduction - Husband hunting in Russia
TRENDINGSCHOOL OF SEDUCTIONHusband hunting in Russia
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir - An endearing tale of destiny
TRENDINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIRAn endearing tale of destiny
Back of the Net - Misses the net, and then some
TRENDINGBACK OF THE NETMisses the net, and then some
Gallipoli - A powerful and important film remembered
TRENDINGGALLIPOLIA powerful and important film remembered
© 2011 - 2019 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us