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Little Superheroes

Saturday, July 14, 2018
By Deepa Gahlot

Ant-Man And The Wasp
Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer and other
Rating: * * * 1/2

Peyton Reed directs Ant-Man And The Wasp, a sequel to the 2015 film Ant-Man, and this one is faster and funnier, provided the viewer is not already exhausted by all the CGI-laden superhero movies that keep flying out of the Marvel Universe.

The makers are undoubtedly aware of this possible fatigue factor and always add a little something extra to the brew, so Ant-Man And The Wasp has much more humour and more family values kind of emotion in it, to complement the dizzying effects in which scale and size play an important part, and the two title characters get to play with it, going from micro to mega as the action requires.

Paul Rudd returns as Scott Lang, the charming ex-con, who is about to complete his house arrest, which the FBI has imposed after the events that took place in Captain America: Civil War. In a funny scene at the start, his ankle monitor accidentally triggers off an alarm, and his cute daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) gets a load of officialese. Left alone at home, Scott is just goofing about when has a dream about Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), the original Wasp. She is the wife of Quantum Realm’s explorer and inventor Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and mother of Hope (Evangeline Lilly), who was assumed dead when she slipped into the Realm and vanished. Hank and Hope believe Janet is trying to contact them, and Scott is needed to help rescue her.

Returning with Scott in the sequel are his old criminal buddies Luis (Michael Pena—who gets a hilarious truth serum induced scene), Dave (Tip Harris) and Kurt (David Dastmalchian), to provide the comedy, while among the baddies are Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) and Sonny (Walton Goggins), who wants Pym’s technology for their own reasons.

The five writers of this film (including Rudd) are a bit overenthusiastic with their subplots and villains, probably aware that protagonists of this one are rather too slight as compared to the other giants of the Marvel Universe, but there is enough surrealistic action to keep this film buzzing. And of course, the ending ensures that there will be another movie in this franchise.

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