In one of the sweetest scenes in “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, Ant-Man’s human persona Scott, played by kind resilient Paul Rudd, sits legs crossed on the bedroom floor with his 10-year-old daughter Cassie, played by cute innocent Hannah John-Kamen. Scott is so sorry for making a mess in his heroic circumstance. Cassie says, “It’s not dumb to help people.”
For Director Peyton Reed’s sequel “Ant-Man and the Wasp” scale truly does matter. In the story by the mini-army of Writers Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari, our Superheroes Ant-Man and Wasp, played by Evangeline Lilly, are not out to save the world, much less the Universe like other Marvel Movies.
The scale matters. “Ant-Man and Wasp” is smaller, less noisy. There’s no threat of global Armageddon. There are spectacular chase scenes in San Francisco with “Goliath” Ant-Man and cinematic kaleidoscope tunneling into the Quantum Realm.
Instead, the captivating thread is Hope Van Dyne, played by beautiful strong Evangeline, risking her life to find her long lost Mother Janet, played by radiant wise Michelle Pfeiffer, in the Quantum Realm. Paul’s Scott, who returned from the Quantum Realm in “Ant-Man” holds the key to that possible resurrection.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” revels in its quirk, not so much in the ostentatious CGI expanding and shrinking effect. Although, the cool martial arts fight scenes with Wasp and new adversary, the phasing Ghost, played by tortured charismatic Hannah John-Kamen, is high impact awesome.
Scott unintentionally channels Janet, gifting clues about her location. Scott as Janet holds the hand of her Husband Hank Pym, creator of Ant-Man and Wasp, played by whimsical Michael Douglas. The look on Hank’s face is hysterical. As Scott gently caresses Janet’s daughter Hope’s face, that’s the Mother’s love. Rudd, Lilly, and Douglas brilliantly play light-hearted, yet never forget that what matters is family. Michelle is sublime gravitas. Too bad the story didn’t call for more screen time.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” begins with Scott under house arrest after his heroics with The Avengers in “Captain America: Civil War”. This also explains his disappearance in “Infinity War”. He has nightmares of his stint in the ubiquitous Quantum Realm while sharing custody of his daughter Cassie. Because of his Avengers debacle as Ant-Man, Scott’s now estranged from Hank and his daughter Hope. That’s until Hope discovers Scott’s possible link to her Mother. Scott and Hope are in love with each other, but not always in phase. So to speak.
In this needlessly convoluted narrative, Scott joins forces with Hank and Hope to retrieve Janet. Powerful assassin Eva, also called Ghost, arises threatening their mission. Eva suffers excruciating pain: Her molecules continual regenerate in her phasing curse. Her cure may also resolve in that Quantum Realm.
The imaginative movie action dazzles along with the visual effects. Really, it is the personal scale of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” that resonates. The young woman wants to find her beloved Mother. The husband wants to be with the love of his life. The young daughter believes in her Dad reminding him, “You can do anything.” “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is fun exhilarating Summer fare that’s also about family and those close. After all: It’s not dumb to help people.
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