“This is a tunnel to the Quantum Realm. We think that’s where my mom is,” says Hope Van Dyne, aka Wasp (Evangeline Lilly). “We’re hoping she put a message in your head to tell us where she is.” She’s talking to Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd). “As soon as the tunnel works,” adds Hope’s father, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), “we can get her message out of your head and find Janet.” That’s the setup for this sequel to 2015’s “Ant-Man.”
Will the tunnel work? Is Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) still alive after 30 years in the Quantum Realm? Can Ant-Man and Wasp rescue her? For answers to these and many more questions, see “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”
Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and Michael Pena, all from the 2015 cast, return to entertain us in this action/adventure/comedy. Paul Rudd is shrinking hero Ant-Man/Scott Lang, smitten with Evangeline Lilly/Wasp (also shrinking), who’s searching, with Michael Douglas/Dr. Hank Pym, her inventor father, for her mother Janet Van Dyne/Wasp (Michelle Pfeiffer), lost decades ago in the beautiful, but dangerous, Quantum Realm where anything can happen. Rudd, Lilly and Douglas are on the lam from FBI agents (“Forever Bothering Individuals,” Lilly calls them) for offenses committed in previous Marvel movies — you don’t have to know what they are. Michael Pena/Luis runs Scott’s low-rent security business and provides wacky verbal comedy. Hannah John-Kamen is Ava, aka Ghost whose power is phasing — walking through solid objects — and, she, too, needs what’s in Scott Lang’s head.
Others in the large cast include Walton Goggins as badie capitalist Sonny Burch who wants Dr. Pym’s quantum tunnel and Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, wise former colleague with Dr. Pym. Abby Ryder Fortson is charming as Scott Lang’s young daughter Cassie. Their scenes together are sweet.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is a welcome, bright addition to the often too-serious, world-saving Marvel Universe. Directed by Peyton Reed (again), with a breezy, light-weight script by Chris McKenna, Erick Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Frankel, it looks good with Dante Spinotti’s cinematography. I agree with critic Todd McCarthy (Hollywood Reporter) who calls this film an “effects-laden goofball comedy.” If that’s what you want rather than superhero histrionics, see this entertaining flick.
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence (crazy car chases and one-on-one fisticuffs), “Ant-Man and the Wasp” runs 118 minutes, probably too long, but it’s entertaining. Stay through the credits for two additional scenes.
He’s “Ant-Man,” she’s “the Wasp,”
Working with each other,
Searching in the Quantum Realm,
Can they find her mother?