By Mary Cox
My mother used to say “wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall” whenever she wanted to hear what was going on when she couldn’t be party to it. I kept hearing her voice in my ear while I watched this film because Ant-Man and his partner in crime fighting, The Wasp, can make themselves so small they can go places the average person isn’t able to.
Super heroes generally have to fight other super heroes in the comics because an average person doesn’t stand a chance; in this case, our super heroes have to fight the “Ghost” who can appear and disappear at will.
Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father as he struggles to re-balance his home life with his responsibilities as a super hero and a father to his daughter Cassie played by Abby Ryder Fortson. Lang is recruited by Hope van Dyne/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Academy Award Winner Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past and try to rescue Hope’s mother and Dr. Pym’s beloved wife, (Academy Award Nominee Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm, that dreaded subatomic dimension in which one gets lost forever if one shrinks too much
Academy Award Nominee Laurence Fishburne plays Dr. Bill Foster and Hannah John-Kamen as Ava/Ghost round out the cast.
I found it interesting that in the beginning of “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer are portrayed as decades younger. Surprisingly, it works. The make-up crew did a fabulous job and I am sure both actors spent many hours in the make-up chair to make them look young enough.
I did not see “Ant-Man” but you don’t need to see that film to enjoy this Marvel sequel. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” stands on its own. It is a fun film that has some very witty dialogue written two writing teams: Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers and Paul Rudd & Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrran.
Peyton Reed who directed “Ant-Man” also directed “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”
I really enjoyed this film. I was not alone, the audience enjoyed this film too. There was a lot of laughter and applause at the end. Don’t leave too soon or you will miss the final scenes that run after the credits.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp opens this weekend at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12, AMC Eastgate Showplace 6, Granite City Cinema, and Jerseyville Stadium.