Ant-Man and the Wasp Movie Review
Reed's Marvel superhero movie has all the heavy duty parade of effects expected of it, yet keeps the experience nimble, almost reckless and vertiginous.
Ant-man and the Wasp
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi; U/A
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Judy Greer, Michael Douglas, Abby Fortson, Michael Peña, Hannah John-Kamen, David Dastmalchian, Michelle Pfeiffer, Walton Goggins, Randall Park, Laurence Fishburne
Director: Peyton Reed
A stunningly mutating fantasy, this ebulliently surreal comedy from the Marvel universe is a break-neck furious adventure into the Quantum realm, that plays out with supreme confidence and awesome visual pizazz. Scott Lang is the devoted divorced dad to Cassie (Abby Ryder Forston), under house arrest and on the watch list of the F.B.I, Dr. Hank Pym(Michael Douglas), the physicist inventor wants to extract his wife, Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the quantum realm and so does their daughter, Hope(Evangeline Lily). Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), an alienated desperado is seeking to regain her lost body mass with solid support from a friend(Lawrence Fishburne) and Sonny Burch(Walton Goggins), a trafficker of black-market tech, breaks a sweat as the sole materialistic villain in the mix.
This time round Director Peyton Reed is much more confident about his content - jamming in sci-fi, myth, action, comedy, adventure into the unknown, world saving and variation scaling with so much effusive glee that it's totally infectious and immensely gratifying.
Paul Rudd is at the heart of it though. Frankly, there's no other actor in the Hollywood firmament (other than Ryan Reynolds of course) who could pull off such a devotedly serious yet comic dysfunctional lovability defined by quicksilver quipping, with such delightful ease. The speed of narration and the unbelievable scaling of objects multiplies the excitement here.
Scott Lang, convict-turned-superhero, who is still paying the price for his illegal stint with Captain America and The Avengers, shoots around in his constantly malfunctioning, work-in-progress, miniaturizing metal suit, going from the world's tiniest gadfly, to up to as large as Godzilla. Buildings collapse into Monopoly toys, a Hello Kitty dispenser gets inflated into a freeway battering ram, Cars, trucks, and vans go from normal to tiny and back, and a couple of characters end-up taking voyages into psychedelic Quantum realms that look like vivid scaled-up definitions of microscopic virus cultures.
Reed's Marvel superhero movie has all the heavy duty parade of effects expected of it, yet keeps the experience nimble, almost reckless and vertiginous. The action is beautifully spaced out and every element appears justified and makes visual sense. Apart from the visual calisthenics, there's also supremely gifted goofy scripting by Paul Rudd, Chris Mckenna, Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari to be appreciated. The fun lies in knowing that there's nothing earth-shattering at stake here. The plot is meant to be a mere hanger to throw on as many elements as possible into this splendid concoction. And it works. This is a delightfully succulent and delicious serving of superhero nonsense- one you wouldn't want to miss under any circumstance!
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