Paul Rudd looms large as ‘Ant Man and the Wasp’ hits theaters
Director: Peyton Reed
Writers: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari
Starring: Evangeline Lilly, Paul Rudd
I am fresh out of the theater. The night air is cool, my smile is wide, and my rear end is numb.
Paul Rudd’s third swing at the Ant Man character has delivered the goods. Start to
finish; Ant-Man and The Wasp was cute, action packed, heart warming, and one of my favorite Stan Lee cameos to date. Here is my brief review of the MCU’s newest hit; Ant Man and The Wasp.
Evangeline Lilly—I was not sure what I was expecting from the Wasp. Even her name is a little culturally insensitive for the modern-day [Wasp stands for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, a 1960’s term for a clueless blue-blood]. What I was not expecting was Lilly kicking ass wall to wall. The Wasp has challenged Black Widow’s super-spy street cred and Lilly has proven she can take center stage and carry an action packed movie.
Michael Pena—I knew that my favorite comedic foil would be back in action, but the director made the best decision by giving Pena more screen time, more lines, and more room to stretch his comedic skills. He puts Jimmy Olsen to shame and breaks out of the side kick mold to make the character all his own. I was very impressed by
Pena in Fury, knowing that he was destined for greater things. Little did I know he would make such a big splash in a Marvel movie, and keep the audience laughing. It wasn’t just me, everyone in the seats behind me were audibly loving his performance.
Hannah John-Kamen—Fresh off her success in Ready Player One, she stars as the main antagonist, Ghost. John-Kamen was dark, dramatic, driven, and brought white heat to all of the action sequences. She even had that ‘crazy eye’; that look that method actors can get during a close-up that shows a razors edge hold on sanity. She has the crazy eye and more. John-Kamen could give Bucky Barnes a run for his money.
Paul Rudd; Excellent. While I cannot look at Rudd’s face and keep myself from thinking about Anchor Man, Rudd gave us a lot of heart for Ant-man and The Wasp. The best part of his performance was continuity between the other films. Scott Lang is still fighting for his family, hoping for redemption, yet cannot sit on the sidelines while his friends are in a fight. This spirit gives great depth to Ant-man and it carries the ball through three movies. Scott Lang’s Ant-man still has fuel to propel him into future MCU territory.
The only thing I did not like about this film was the screen time afforded to Michael Douglas and Lawrence Fishburn. As in, not enough. These are two of my favorite actors of all time. Black Rain Nicky and Red Pill Morpheus in the same comic book movie? Hell yeah. A great opportunity for two seasoned actors, and yet the main focus was always on the CGI capabilities of the studio and one liner jokes from the main cast.
There were parts that looked like Douglas was phoning it in, but he was still great in the time given. He is so experienced and good at his job, that he can take minimal face time in a supporting role and still make all of the sci-fi technobabble seem dramatic. I’ve never seen an actor silently close a laptop and convey so much hidden emotion. Basically, my only criticism for this film is that I want to see more.