Movie Review - Ant-Man and the Wasp
Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) stars as Scott Lang, an ex-convict who is a father to an adorable, little girl named Cassie. He's currently on house arrest. He has an apartment in San Francisco. He works with his friends who are fellow ex-convicts who have banded together to start their own security company. However, Scott has to work from his apartment because he's on house arrest. The FBI put an ankle bracelet on him due to his arrest in Captain America: Civil War for helping Captain America who is technically a fugitive. However, he makes the most of it by inventing fun things for him and his daughter to do. The bond between him and his daughter was evidently strong in the previous film but it's even more so here.
Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra and Wall Street) reprises his role of Hank Pym, the father to Hope. Thanks to the ending of the 2015 film, he's inspired about finding a safe way to enter the quantum realm and return safely. The quantum realm is the world that exists at the subatomic level or smaller. The reason Hank wants to go to the quantum realm is because his wife and Hope's mom, Janet Van Dyne, is trapped there. Douglas is in his 70's but he's a totally fun and interesting sidekick in this film. He's a total member of the team that doesn't drag the narrative like one might assume.
His role here even leads to a trippy sequence not unlike the one at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Instead of the far reaches of outer space, we dive into the deep crevices or recesses of inner space. The distinctions though are minimal. Hank could be a character from Interstellar (2014). At one point, he looks like an old astronaut.
Director Petyon Reed mostly answers that along with his writers with well-done and even clever set-pieces. He also allows Rudd, as well as Michael Peña who returns as Luis, the best friend of Scott to be sheer, comic relief. Peña is thrown into more of those set-pieces and the emphasis on the humor is amplified even more, even more than the first film. What helps is the fact that the villain or villains in this narrative aren't outright evil.
Hannah John-Kamen (Ready Player One and Tomb Raider) plays Ava aka Ghost, a woman who might seem demonic. Most ghosts with the exception of Casper tend to be demonic, but in the 2015 film, Corey Stoll played Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket as undeniably a psycho. He brutally kills a man in the first half-hour without blinking an eye. Here, Ava isn't as psycho but the question is if she'll go psycho or not. Stoll was of course fun in his role, but the emotional struggle, no matter how sleight, is better here.
Rated PG-13 for some sci-fi violence.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 58 mins.