The latest in the MCU saga Ant-Man and The Wasp opens on wide release in the US this Friday, sadly us Brits will have to wait until 3 August to catch up. The first reviews have started to appear, however, and we’re pleased to report they’re largely speaking positive, if perhaps slightly subdued.
Ant-Man and The Wasp stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang with Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, while Michelle Pfeiffer makes her Marvel debut as Hope’s mother Janet Van Dyne. Brad Peyton, who made the previous Ant-Man movie is back as director, and supporting cast Michael Peña and Michael Douglas also return.
For starters, we didn’t exactly love it, but it’s a lightweight bit of fun.
From the reviews available we get the sense that this is lighter and funnier than the other Marvel movies out this year, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, and for many it’s a bit of much needed light relief, even if the movie felt a little bit forgetable to some.
Total Film‘s Matt Maytum called it: “A blast of pure popcorn fun, and something of a palate cleanser after the weightier likes of Black Panther and Infinity War.”
While Dan Jolin of Empire was less enthusiastic awarding the film 3 out of 5 and saying: “There’s no getting away from the fact that Ant-Man And The Wasp, as fun as it is, lacks the sheer, mind blowing heft of Infinity War… In this new era of Marvel over-achievement, it really does feel like a lesser work.”
Darren Franich from Entertainment Weekly was unconvinced, however, saying: “This is one of those Marvel products peddling self-aware detachment as a defining narrative strategy…It feels less like a feature film than a meme somebody made about an Ant-Man trailer.” Ouch.
Several critics praised Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance, though, including Justin Chang from the LA Times who says: “You’ll certainly long for more Pfeiffer, who has too few scenes but invests each of them with her usual luminosity.”
While Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter focused on the comedy calling it “probably the most amusing film the company has made since the Kevin Feige reign began a decade ago.” Quite a compliment post Thor: Ragnarok which had a strong focus on humour.
Currently the movie’s at a very solid 87% on Rotten Tomatoes though the average rating is 6.8/10 – basically a high three if you’re going by a five point rating system.
Ant-Man and the Wasp opens in the UK on August 3, more on the movie, including our review, as we get it.