By Kaylee Brewster
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” aren’t Marvel’s biggest heroes but this humorous film is not your typical superhero movie.
First off, the “hero” Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), aka Ant-Man, is on house arrest after his law-breaking antics in “Captain America: Civil War.”
Second, when Scott finally teams up with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), aka the Wasp, it’s not to save the world; it’s to save Janet Van Dyne, (Michelle Pfeiffer) Hank’s wife and Hope’s mom.
However, things do get a little superhero-y when someone called the Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) shows up to foil the rescue.
Yes, everything you could hope for in a superhero flick is here. There’s fast-paced, stunt-filled, hard-punching fight scenes. There’s sci-fi tech that grows and shrinks everything from people, to cars, to buildings. There’s stunning special effects, from the enlarging and shrinking of items, to Ghost’s trippy phasing abilities. There are some tense “will they make it” scenes, along with romantic “will they finally kiss and make up” scenes.
While the last Marvel film, “Avengers: Infinity War” was an emotional train wreck for audiences, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” leaves the doom and gloom behind for some lighter fare.
Scott is cool and the world’s best dad. While on house arrest he makes life fun for his daughter, Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson). Always ready for a quick joke or to make an awkward moment more awkward, Rudd’s Ant-Man knows how to bring on the laughs.
So does his ragtag group of ex-cons who the audience met in the first “Ant-Man” film. While their appearances may be brief, they provide some of the film’s best laugh out loud moments.
It’s not all fun and games though, there are plenty of tender moments. “Ant-Man the Wasp” is more about relationships, particularly familial ones. Scott and Cassie have a strong bond and she always encourages him to be better. Hank and Hope have their moments together while trying to rescue Janet.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” will keep audiences entertained with fun, action and laughs from beginning to end. It’s a breath of fresh air if you’ve been bogged down by over-serious superhero franchises.