Student critic: ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ does just enough

This image released by Marvel Studios shows a scene from "Ant-Man and the Wasp." (Disney/Marvel Studios via AP)

A palate-cleanser. That’s the best way to describe the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Ant-Man and The Wasp.”

After the intense mayhem that accompanied “Avengers: Infinity War,” Marvel had to bring its fans back to the ways of a standalone hero movie. With that being said, the second Ant-Man installment continues the humor-filled action, despite being slightly lackluster.

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must face the consequences of his superhero life while juggling the responsibilities of being a father. When the creator of the suit Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) calls for the assistance of Lang again, Lang must return to his beloved Ant-Man suit. Lang teams up with The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) to face an elusive enemy while trying to fix a past mistake.

The first Ant-Man movie was one of the lighter-hearted films Marvel has produced. How could it not be when the hero can shrink to the size of an ant and grow as tall as a giant? Gladly, the same can be said for the sequel.

Paul Rudd’s hilarious comedic acting had the whole theater breaking out into laughter. The jokes were set up well and the deliveries were perfect. The rest of the actors were all fine, but none were given a chance to really stand out; Michael Pea is the exception. The little screen time he was given made me want more. The lack of sufficient character focus creates a film that is somewhat difficult to connect with.

This movie also has too much packed into it. While the pacing is fast from one scene jumping to the next, it felt a bit disconnected. This surprisingly created a film that felt too long. When the third act started, I noticed that I was leaning over my knees in my seat; sadly this was not from interest but rather weariness. I turned back to the rows behind me and saw the same from many others. The film felt longer than “Avengers: Infinity War,” despite being half an hour shorter.

The introduction of The Wasp was a great sidekick addition to Ant-Man. The two not only elevate one another’s personality, but also ups the ante on the action. The silliness of the power provided by the super suit always keeps the action fresh and engaging. This is especially true during a kitchen fight scene when an innocent salt-shaker becomes deadly. There are countless unique uses left that I am positive will be incorporated in later films.

The fantastic past few Marvel movies have raised the bar a bit too high, serving as a gift and a curse. “Ant-Man and The Wasp” fails to impress as much as the others but it does provide a laughter-filled time. While the mediocre story does hold it back, the exceptional originality and humor upholds the Marvel name.

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