Critics are calling “Ant Man and the Wasp” the perfect summer movie. The all-star cast includes greats Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lawrence Fishburne, Michael Pena, with Paul Rudd [Ant-Man] and Evangeline Lilly [Wasp] as the two superheroes.
Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang tries to balance his home life as a father with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, when Hope van Dyne and Hank Pym present him with a new mission, requiring him to team up with van Dyne as the Wasp. Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to re-balance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” has a pleasingly breakneck, now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t surreal glee. It’s a cunningly swift and delightful comedy of scale, in which Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), that quipster mensch of a convict-turned-superhero (has there ever been a movie criminal this nice?), shoots around in his miniaturizing metal suit like the world’s tiniest gadfly, only to loom up as large as Godzilla. Either way, he always has time to deliver a line like “Do you really just put the word quantum ahead of everything?” The answer is: Yes. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is a fantasy of mutating matter in which buildings collapse into Monopoly toys, a Hello Kitty Pez dispenser gets inflated into a freeway battering ram, and the most fearless of the characters is injected into an ocean of psychedelic sub-atomic protoplasm.
Much of the movie involves the madcap race between several parties, good and evil, to get their hands on this or that piece of technology. The superpowers of Ant-Man and the Wasp are made for comedy, as in the middle of a fight they zip in the blink of an eye from regular size to microscopic and back again. (And sometimes Ant-Man gets stuck in between, thanks to a malfunctioning suit; in one of the funniest scenes, he’s chased through the halls of Cassie’s school while stuck at toddler size.)
Rudd (who also gets a screenplay credit here) is affable and self-deprecating as ever, and eases into almost a comic sidekick role next to Lilly, exuding verve and grace as Wasp. (Technically, this should be called “The Wasp & Ant-Man,” right?) But the series’ secret weapon remains Michael Pena as Scott’s motormouth sidekick, Luis, who steals the movie midway through with an extended, truth-serum fueled monologue.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is a full two hours, yet even when it’s pulling out all the stops, the movie never gives you that sinking sensation you can get when a comic-book film’s extended climax kicks in, and you feel the visual effects army taking over. That’s because Peyton Reed [Director] invests every moment of the movie with personality.
The movie is rated PG:13. This is a movie that parents and kids will enjoy together. The adult humor combined with the super-heroic [comic book] suspense will keep everyone entertained.
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