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A straightforward plot, laugh-out-load humour and great performances make Ant-Man and the Wasp a superior sequel. Director Peyton Reed ditches the more conventional superhero antics of the mediocre first film, and replaces it with unique action sequences and far more laughs. While not reaching the level of GOTG or Ragnarok, Ant Man is easily one of the funniest MCU films and provides a much-needed contrast to May's Avengers: Infinity War. Its cast, as always, is stellar with Michael Pena and Evangeline Lily, who is given much more to do with her character this time, as standouts. As mentioned, the action sequence, particularly a climactic car-chase, are some of the best, and most unique, in the MCU. All of this adds some freshness to the overly familiar superhero formula, something which the first Ant Man failed to do. Ant-Man and the Wasp finds its own style in the MCU, with quirky action, excellent humour and a likeable cast, delivering a unique and enjoyable Marvel movie.
Mission Impossible - Fallout's incredible cinematography, edge-of-seat action scenes and plot twists and turns make it a truly perfect action-film that, albeit, still remains glued to a familiar, yet enjoyable formula. While its characters are not as interesting as James Bond or Jason Bourne, MI's slightly more campy tone makes for some genuinely shocking plot twists. It is these moments of sudden shock and realisation, combined with stellar action and cinematography that propel the film forward. The cast, while not the life and soul of the franchise, are likeable, with Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson being the standouts. As usual, Tom Cruise pulls-off another stunning real-life stunt. Also to its benefit, Fallout, unlike the other MI instalments, is more connected to the rest of the franchise, bringing back old characters and sharing plot lines with Rogue Nation. If continued, we can further invest in these characters. While Fallout doesn't bring much new to the table, it successfully delivers a gritty, fast-paced sequel with some genuinely surprising moments and an increasingly likeable cast, overcoming its now familiar formula.
Under the steady direction of Brad Bird, the Incredibles II lives to the hype producing another fresh, action-packed and emotional superhero follow-up. The returning cast, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson and Samuel L. Jackson are all great. Hunter and Nelson, particularly, pull off the more serious conversations they have regarding the future of their family. Newcomers Bob Odenkirk and Sophia Bush also do a good job, although aren't given that much time to shine. Having come out 14 years later, the film is also visually impressive, even when compared to its accomplished original. The action scenes are fast, zippy and the family dynamic really adds something that is not seen in either the MCU or DCEU. As expected, the film is also hilarious (arguably more so than the original), mostly due to the Baby Jack-Jack. The excellent cast, action and laughs make-up for a slightly familiar plot line, that often relies on nostalgia to clean up its flaws. However, the Incredibles II comes closer than anyone could have expected to meeting expectations and living up to its now classic original.