MOVIE REVIEW: Ant-Man and the Wasp

By Focus on the Family Singapore | 10 July, 2018

Scott Lang went from being your average small-time thief to being a pretty big superhero – thanks to a special suit that gives him the ability to shrink to the size of an insect or swell to the size of building at the push of a button.

When wearing that suit, Scott feels like he could beat back any baddie and grapple with any wrongdoer.

The problem is, he's currently under house arrest. He tried to help out Captain America a while back, and in the process broke the superhero rules known as the Sokovia Accords.

If he wants to stay out of prison and stay close to his beloved daughter, Cassie, he's been warned to stay in line. Which is exactly what Scott has been trying to do. He's only got a few more days wearing his hated ankle monitor, and he'll be free to come and go as he pleases—as a perfectly happy and normal father.

Unfortunately, the Ant-Man suit's creator, Dr. Hank Pym, and his daughter, Hope (also known as the Wasp), have other plans. They have an urgent Ant-Man-worthy mission that requires Scott's immediate attention. He needs to team up with the Wasp and help them with a Quantum Realm mystery. It involves the possibility that Hank's wife, Janet Van Dyn, who was thought to have perished decades before, might still be alive somewhere in that microverse.

But to locate her, they need Scott's help. And it has to be now!

POSITIVE ELEMENTS

Scott breaks rules, bends laws and goes to great lengths to evade the authorities—in some cases against his own will. But he is generally seen as trying to do the right thing.

Scott even apologises to Cassie at one point for messing up at times, but Cassie refuses to let him put himself down. The two of them enjoy a loving dad-daughter relationship. Scott speaks of their affectionate bond as being the one thing that got him through the worst parts of his life, especially his seemingly interminable two-year house arrest.

Hope and her parents, Hank and Janet, also embody the same kind of loving parent-child connection, which we witness in multiple scenes. And both Hope and Hank are willing to risk their lives to rescue Janet from her multidecade exile in the Quantum Realm.

[Spoiler Warning] An old acquaintance of Hank's, Bill Foster, is trying to help a young woman named Ava come to grips with her remarkable—but unstable—phase-shifting powers. But he refuses to let Ava hurt or misuse innocents as they race against time to stabilise her potentially life-threatening condition.

SPIRITUAL CONTENT

Because of a Quantum Realm encounter, Scott and Janet share a strange, pseudo-psychic bond that seems almost spiritual in nature. In fact, her consciousness temporarily possesses Scott's body at one point.

After being trapped in the Quantum Realm for many years, Janet describes the changes that have happened to her as a form of evolution.

Someone talks about a traditional Slavic folk story centered on a "ghost witch" dubbed Baba Yaga. The film's ethereal antagonist is also known as the Ghost.

SEXUAL CONTENT

We hear of veiled verbal innuendo that adults will pick up on while kids likely won't. In one, Hank describes Scott's encounter with Janet in the Quantum Realm as a "quantum entanglement." To which, Scott earnestly declares, "I would never do that!"

We see a couple kiss. Scott is divorced. His ex-wife, Maggie, is now happily married to a man named Paxton, and the three of them seem to have a pretty healthy co-parenting arrangement.

VIOLENT CONTENT

This is a superhero film, so there are plenty of explosions and car crashes. But there isn't much massive destruction on display; we only see two people lying in some rubble after a building explodes.

That said, there is still plenty of pummeling as thugs, federal agents and super-powered beings clash. People get tossed and slammed into tables, walls and the ground. Some smash through windows and glass doors. A lot of the attention is given to Wasp's incredibly acrobatic moves as she shrinks and grows while punching and kicking at scores of foes, knocking many unconscious.

CRUDE OR PROFANE LANGUAGE

We hear two fully voiced s-words. We also hear a dozen or so uses of "d--n," at least seven uses of "h---," three uses of "a--" and one of "son of a b--ch."

DRUG AND ALCOHOL CONTENT

Scott gets shot with a dart that renders him unconscious. Several people are injected with a truth serum-like cocktail. We see a needle piercing someone's arm to administer that drug.

OTHER NEGATIVE ELEMENTS

Scott, Hope and Hank are all running from the law because of the restrictive superhero laws known as the Sokovia Accords. Hope and Hank are also dealing with black market thugs to buy some contraband equipment.

CONCLUSION

Ant-Man and the Wasp delivers a nice balance of action, fun, character, charm and sweet moments between loving parents and equally lovable kids. Indeed, the importance of family plays a significant role in the plot.

"These reviews are meant to help parents determine whether a movie is appropriate for their children, and are not an endorsement by Focus on the Family Singapore."

This review was adapted from Plugged In: the entertainment guide your family needs to make family appropriate decisions through movie reviews, book reviews, TV reviews, and more.

 

 

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