Sunday, July 8, 2018

In Theatres: Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018)

Father's Day was two weeks ago. Still, parental bonding was the underlying theme apparent in "Ant-Man & The Wasp", Marvel Studios' attempt to lighten things up after the depressing finish to "Avengers: Infinity War" a couple of months back.

Since the events of 2016's "Captain America: Civil War", Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) was sentenced to house arrest, and is routinely visited by government agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park). The upside to house arrest is that Scott gets to spend time sharing custody of his school-age daughter, Cassie, with his ex-wife and her current beau. What Scott assumes is a dream is really the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) contacting him, and, ultimately, using him as a conduit to contact husband Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly).

On the run since the last film, Hank & Hope have been trying to develop a quantum tunnel, obtaining their tech from a black market businessman, who looks more like a generic sleazy villain right out of 80's TV (i.e. The A-Team. Now, the sleazebag wants the tech for himself. And, then, there is the Ghost, an orphan whose parents were killed in a lab accident, and whose father was a former associate of Pym. Factor in another ex-associate of Pym, Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne, black-ish), whom comics fans will remember as Black Goliath, and, briefly, Giant-Man, dating back 42 years or so, and things get crazy, including a wacky car chase involving a Pez dispenser, among other things.

Scope the trailer:

Yes, they are building toward Hope & Scott as a couple, despite Scott continuing to be presented as a klutz, The comedy relief is in overdrive, literally.

Trailers include "The Darkest Things", a new "Nutcracker" movie from Disney, and Jack Black as a warlock in "The House With a Clock in Its Walls".

Rating: B.

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