and the Wasp
This is a superhero movie that gets it right; the only problem is
that it depends too much on reference to previous works for it to stand
Paul Rudd reprises his role as Ant-Man, except that he hasn't
donned the costume lately. He's
been under house arrest for three years, because of his antics in the
previous film. (They fail to explain to the unititiated what that was all
about.) So now he's just plain
Scott Lang, a divorced father (are there any other divorced
super-heroes?). The good news
is that his young daughter, Cassie (Abby Ryder Forston) is witty and
charming and fun to be around, and Scott obviously has a good relationship
with his ex and her new husband, because they helpfully bring Cassie to be
with her Dad. So far, it
sounds just like a family drama, right?
And the family connections continue, as Dr. Hank Pym (Michael
Douglas), the brilliant scientist, is working with his daughter, Hope
(Evangeline Lilly), to develop a way to morph matter, so they can go
resuce Hank's wife, Hope's mother, Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), who is
apparently stuck somewhere in the ether.
Dr. Pym has developed a “Wasp” persona for his daughter so she
can use her super-skills against a sudden new enemy, “Ghost” (Hanna
John-Kamen), who has stolen the lab secrets.
The plot thickens when it turns out that Ghost is actually working
with Dr. Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), a former colleague of Dr. Pym's,
until they had a falling out over “creative differences.”
And just to add layers of complexity, there's a gang of bad guys
also trying to steal the lab secrets, as well as a cadre of FBI who
suspect Scott Lang isn't living up to his house arrest conditions (and
they're right, but they have to catch him first).
And then for comic relief there's the struggling secruity company
associated with Scott, headed by Luis (Michael Pena), who manage to get in
Yes, it's comic book fare, so don't get too wrapped up in the
contradictions of the pseudo-science.
Director Peyton Reed adroitly utilizes the CGI of alternately
shrinking and enlarging both the Ant-Man and the Wasp, but you don't feel
like he's just getting his kicks playing with the technology, he actually
bothers to develop the characters, get the viewers emotionally invested in
them, and he also makes sure to maintain a light touch so it doesn't get
And at the end, we're rooting for the good guys, and we're rooting
for romance when it happens, but most of all, we're rooting for people who
care about each other to stick together, despite their differences.
And we can all get with that agenda, animated or not.