Movie Review – Ant Man and the Wasp (2018)

Ant Man may be small, but I’m used to small things.  After all, I only have 3.5 readers and that’s got to be the smallest readership for a blog ever.

If only I could get Ant Man to enlarge my audience…in numbers, not in size.  You’re all fat enough already.  Drop the pizza.

Anyway, BQB here with a review of “Ant Man and the Wasp.”

In a nutshell (which Ant Man can live in), it’s a rare slam dunk sequel that goes above and beyond.  Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly reprise their roles as father/daughter scientist team Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne, while Paul Rudd returns as the titular Ant Man/Scott.

This go around, there is some love lost between Ant Man and his benefactors.  After breaking the law to aid the fugitive Captain America in “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott’s under house arrest, while Hank and Hope are on the run thanks to the attention brought to their research when Scott grew to the size of a building in Germany.

Oh, right.  SPOILERS.  Although, come on, if you haven’t seen that by now then I doubt you care.

Naturally, the gang comes together in an effort to retrieve Hope’s mother, Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer, who, if I may be so bold, is just as boner inspiring today in her advanced age as she was when she played Catwoman oh so many years ago), the original Wasp, from the oh so scary “quantum realm.”

Plans go awry when black market criminal (Walton Goggins) and a villain dubbed “Ghost” due to an ability to walk through walls and disappear, go after the gang in hopes of stealing the tech needed to bring Janet home.  Laurence Fishburne rounds out the cast as Hank’s scientific rival.

I loved it.  It’s fun.  It’s witty.  It’s got a decent plot that has some twists yet doesn’t wear your brain hamster out and it moves fast.  Literally, from the first minute to the end, it’s moving at light speed.

Oh, those Avengers.  Come for the spectacle of Iron Man, the patriotism of Captain America, the mythology of Thor and then if you eat all those cinematic veggies, you can have the sweet, delicious candy that is Ant Man.

As usual, this is the role Rudd was meant to play – a hero who is a normal guy, a screw up who tries his best to make it work despite a constant lack of luck and every obstacle in his way.

STATUS:  Shelf-worthy.  See it in the theater.

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