Ant-Man and the Wasp | 118 minutes | rated PG-13
Ant-Man and the Wasp picks up a few years after Ant-Man, between his appearance assisting Captain America in Captain America: Civil War and takes place just prior to the events in Avengers: Infinity Wars. Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang is three days away from being released from house-arrest following the airport battle in Germany. He has made up with his ex-wife, and her husband and is now allowed to see his daughter Cassie on a regular basis. He assists his buddy Luis, a returning Michael Pena, and his cohorts in their X-Con Security business designing security systems. Michael Douglas’s Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne are upset with him for assisting Captain America without telling them. They have been searching for Janet van Dyne, Hope’s mother and Hank’s wife. Hank and Janet were the original Ant-Man and the Wasp, Janet, portrayed by Michelle Pfeiffer, was lost on a mission when she shrunk to a subatomic level to disarm a missle, and never returned. Since, during the events of Ant-Man, Scott shrank to a subatomic level and returned, Hank has dusted off some old plans and now thinks that they may be able to rescue her. Due to their status a fugitives, they are forced to get some equipment from a black-market technology dealer played by Walton Goggins. This also brings them into conflict with the mysterious Ghost who has been stealing technology from various corporations to try to find a cure for her condition, if her body, which is painfully phasing in and out of reality, cannot be stabilized, she will die.
During one of Hank’s experiments, Scott has a dream of Janet and a young Hope playing hide-and-seek. Thinking this odd, he calls up Hank and tells him about it. The next thing he knows, he is waking up in a Hot Wheels-sized car being driven by Hope while a human-sized ant is wearing his ankle bracelet and following his daily routine at home. It seems that Hank and Hope believe that Janet may have left a message with him when he shrank down to a subatomic level.
Marvel Studios continues, after ten years, to put out high quality films, with top-notch casts, featuring many of their popular, and some of their lesser-known characters. This one is highly enjoyable, it has a nice comic tone that is just silly enough. It also has a strong family component with Scott spending time with his daughter nicely contrasted with Hope searching for her mother. Scott’s ex-wife frequently yells at agent Woo about needing a warrant every time he believes Scott has violated the terms of his house arrest and checks on him. While Hank may be a bit prickly, he usually comes around to helping those he may have wronged in the past.
The special effects are also excellent. It plays nicely with different perspectives based on size. From luggage-sized laboratories to giant Hello Kitty Pez dispensers one feels as if anything could happen. I imagine that some of the sequences would be awesome in 3-D. While my description may sound as if you would be lost without having seen the other movies mentioned, that is not the case, Michael Pena’s motor-mouthed Luis rapidly fills you in with what you need to know.
It also features the requisite Stan Lee cameo and a shocking post credits sequence. Also in the cast are such notable actors as Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, and Laurence Fishburne. Anyone who enjoys a good comedic action movie, and any of the actors mentioned should enjoy this.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is rated PG-13 for some intense action and some minor language. It should be fine for most older children and up. I rate it four and a half out of five drumming ants.