Film review by Steve Duffy –
In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a super hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (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.
Ant-Man is Marvel’s first film since the “traumatic” finale of Avengers: Infinity War, and a much welcomed one.
Days away from being released from house arrest Scott Lang is back in action. After having a dream about Hank’s wife, Janet, Scott telephones his former friend to let him know. That one phone call starts the quest to get Janet out of the quantum realm. Of course, it is never that easy once you throw a few bad guys into the mix.
The best part of the film is the comic riffing by stars Paul Rudd and Michael Peña. Both keep the laughs coming, especially Peña, who steals every scene he is in.
Both Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly deliver solid performances. Michelle Pfeiffer just makes every movie she is in better.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is fun and slightly better than the first. It’s the perfect summer movie. Also, if you are looking for a connection to “Avengers: Infinity War,” you will not find it here.
Remember, don’t leave early, you don’t want to miss the post-credits scene.
RATTING: PG-13 for some sci-fi action violence
RUNTIME: 118 mins