Writing Movie “WRONGS”
By Jim West
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Directed by Peyton Reed
Written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari
The first Ant-man film introduced us to Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), his daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), and Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). In that film Scott robbed the antman suit from Hank Pym and we discovered along with Scott the Quantum Realm which is when you go sub-atomic in size. This plays huge in this film’s plot. The writers on this film made sure to make light fun of the pseudo-science talk and keep it fun. With action-comedy films this can be a tough balance, but they pull it off with ease. This is why this review will be a Writing Movie ‘RIGHT’ review.
Here comes the spoilers.
Picking off from Ant-Man’s appearance in Captain America Civil War, we see Scott is under house arrest for his involvement in Berlin during that film. Scott is just days away from finishing his two year house arrest, and he couldn’t be happier. Hank and Hope have been on the run from the feds and they cross paths again when Scott has visions from the quantum realm that Hank Pym feel sis his wife trying to communicate with them. They set off to acquire tech to build a tunnel to bridge our world with the quantum realm so they can go and get Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) back. Standing in their way are the feds, an antagonist named Ghost, and a crime boss named Sonny Burch (played wonderfully by Walton Goggins). Ghost we discover is the child of a former colleague and scientist who worked with Hank Pym at Shield on quantum technology. He had tried to build a bridge that ultimately collapsed leading to his and his wife’s death, but left his daughter with an affliction that gave her the ability to phase in and out of our reality; yet at the cost of severe pain and eventually her life as her atoms were constantly being ripped apart. She seeks the bridge that Hank is building as she thinks there is energy in the quantum realm that can heal her. In essence she isn’t really a true villain. Her goals are to find a cure to save her life. So I like that Marvel is making antagonists with purpose and not just pure evil. It gives the film some layers of complexity that doesn’t weigh down the action too much.
The film handles the action sequences and comedy very well with enough balance to lend some danger to our heroes, but enough laughs along the way to keep the film progressing forward with a fun upbeat rhythm. The Michael Pena flashback scene during his interrogation with the truth serum is perhaps the highlight comedy wise of the film, and the only thing I would have added at least one more of in an already solid and stuffed film full of story details.
In closing, this is a film to definitely catch in IMAX or 3D. It has spectacular visuals given the size and scale of things that occur in the film. So please do yourself a favor and see it in one of those formats.
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