A silly, cancerous D-superhero rom-com that’s, despite a decent (underdeveloped) villain & quantum CGI, awful in overbearing uber-cringy ant humor, ~non-existent plotting, misused cast, thin-stretched scripting, and a Walmart-generic score. 2.1/10.
Plot Synopsis: Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.
*Possible spoilers ahead*
Ants. That’s what they’ve tried (and somehow managed to) sell audiences on. The first Ant-Man was somewhat decent mostly carried by Rudd’s novelty and Pena’s humor. But this is just ridiculous. A silly, cancerous D-superhero rom-com that, despite a decent villain & quantum, is awful. There are so many things wrong with Ant-Man and The Wasp, I don’t even know where to bein. First, the ant scenes. There are so many unbelievably cringe scene with full-grown ants, it will make your head spin. The gag never was funny, and here they’ve managed to push it to thoroughly uncomfortable levels in everything from sitting on the couch eating froot loops to taking baths and playing Rock Band. Marvel has long been criticized for forcing imbecilic, brain-dead child humour down its audience’s throats, but this is the heights of it.
Beyond it’s downright stupid humor and classic infusion of it to prevent – god forbid – one moment of seriousness or gravitas like the explanation of Ghost’s objectively tragic backstory that, of course, had to be interrupted by a freaking duck ringtone, the acting is absolutely awful. This is especially shocking given its star-studded cast with seasoned veterans like Laurence Fishburne of Matrix fame, Michelle Pfieffer, and Walton Goggins who have obviously sold out and settled to way lower-class fare here and evidently played down its level. Disgraceful.
The plot is wildly uninspired (implying there even was one of substance) and could have been solved in 5 minutes, let alone the 2 hours it’s painfully stretched thin to: find mom. The scoring is Walmart-generic and feels like it was done out of a high school film project, visuals subpar in everything but the quantum realm – whose CGI is pretty good and where the budget must have gone, and villain extremely underdeveloped and undercooked. This is a real shame because Ghost had the potential to be a great villain.
Ghost’s white suit, cool phase effects, tragic back story, and fine actress gave her all the intangibles needed to be a compelling villain, but somehow they managed to squander that as well (+ adding imbecilic motivations of her settling on one plan to fix her instead of listening to three scientists instead of one, and a cheeseball resolution to her arc being magically cured instantaneously at the end without any explanation).
Overall, Ant-Man and the Wasp is an absolutely painful experience at the movies. A silly, cancerous D-superhero rom-com that, despite a decent (but underdeveloped) villain & quantum CGI, is awful in its overbearing uber-cringy ant humor, ~non-existent plotting, misused cast, thin-stretching, & Walmart-generic scoring. For the love of all things good in this world, focus the money and attention being inexplicably funneled into freaking Ant-Man on a better hero please, Marvel.
Official CLC Score: 2.1/10