Ant-Man And The Wasp - This Movie Quantum Rocks
Dir: Peyton Reed
Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Pena, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kaman, Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Randall Park
How do you follow the pan-cultural whopper of Black Panther and the sheer epic beauty of Infinity War? The smart thing to do – and those behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe are nothing but smart – would be to go small. And they don’t just go small – they go quantum baby!
Ant-Man and The Wasp is an amuse bouche to cleanse the palate of The Avengers’ death toll, and prepare us for the upcoming double whammy culmination of Captain Marvel and “Whatever The Hell Happened To The Avengers?” – as we’re hoping they’ll call it. And it certainly is amusing. Marvel deploys its comic weapon in the form of the always reliable Paul Rudd in a movie that is out to purely entertain more than it is to raise global stakes.
Thus we have Rudd’s Scott Lang under house arrest following those German airport antics of Civil War, (explaining his absence from Infinity War), being dragged back into the world of Douglas’ Hank Pym and more notably his daughter Hope Van Dyne (Lily) who since her, ahem, “sting” at the end of the previous Ant-Man movie is now all tooled up as The Wasp, having earned both a costume of her own, and her name in the title – notably the first female supe to do so in the MCU.
Once back out there, Ant-Man and the Wasp juggle solid gags with classy action, tearing around, getting big, going small, throwing Pez dispensers and salt-sellers, all the while trying to protect Dr Hank’s lab – which keeps changing size from office block to suitcase – all the while trying to reach Hope’s mum Janet (the original Wasp – a radiant Pfeiffer) who may still be stuck in the quantum realm – something that Scott visited last time, Doctor Strange knows a thing or two about, and which just might be the way they bring several of The Avengers and The Guardians back to life next April.
This is definitely Marvel-lite, and all the better for it. Hugely agreeable, expertly engineered, (but never feeling mechanical), this is the MCU having a breather from the apocalypse (although stay for the mid credits sting) and taking its audience along for a hell of a ride.
Marvel are currently 20 for 20 - and still in. Proof that, even in a world in which they have a Hulk, good things come in small packages.
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