Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Ant-Man And The Wasp Film Review - Playing Fast & Loose With Physics, A Stan Lee Cameo, A Giant Ant Farm, Hello Kitty Pez & Hot Wheels Gone Large On The Streets Of San Francisco - It's A 3D Summer Buzz

Back in January we saw the teaser trailer for Ant-Man & The Wasp and I saw the film Friday. Director Peyton Reed is back for the sequel, and expertly knitting together the Marvel superheroes; however small. I saw it in 3d which was terrific, not every film needs it, but the 3d really popped in this movie.

We know from the original Ant-Man that Michael Douglas's Hank Pym and his wife Janet, The Wasp, went on a last minute business trip (to save the world), and she never returned. Meanwhile having been part of the 2016 Captain America : Civil War movie, Paul Rudd's Scott Lang is under house arrest for what happened then, but nearing the end of the two year curfew. Even a foot through the fence can trigger the alarm on his ankle tag, but Scott can hold out the last few days. By taking long bubble baths.

During one of these Scott connects with Hank's wife Janet, Michelle Pfeiffer (in her Scarface days). And having said to Randall Park's policeman Jimmy Woo, (it's close-up magic!), that he isn't in contact with Hank and his daughter Evangeline Lilly's Hope, Scott breaks out a phone and calls to tell Hank about this trippy dream he just had. Next thing he's stung by a wasp, the not too friendly Hope. And it's a visit to see Hank and their ant farm/laboratory. Leaving an ant decoy at home wearing the tag with Michael Peña's Luis ant sitting. He is brilliant as usual.

Hank and Hope haven't given up on Janet, and have been building a tunnel through to the Quantum Realm. With Scott the only other person who has been through this realm, and survived, and after his dream or vision, they believe he has a connection with Janet, who must still be alive. The 'entanglement' used by Paul Rudd to hilarious effect later.

Hope needs one last piece to build the tunnel and has been dealing with a group of criminals, headed up by Walton Goggins's Sonny Burch, he's no Red Rock Sheriff playing fair cop here. In fact he and his men have double crossed Hope, they have a client interested in buying Hank's lab and the Quantum technology. But to escape Hope cooks up a storm of wasps in the kitchen; and sure can knife dance! Fantastic special effects here, almost too fast to catch what's happening; the guys are left in a heap.

But then a masked attacker swoops in to steal the cool shrunken wheelie-trolley ant farm building, and the part Hope was buying from Sonny. A 'Ghost' called Ava, played by Hannah John-Kamen with not much substance! Scott helps Hope out but Ava escapes still escapes with both items. Only an ex-colleague of Hank's from Shield can help. Laurence Fishburne, and he may not be too happy to see Hank and Hope. It can only get worse for our physicists who are on the clock to find Janet. And Scott, because like us he doesn't understand the physics either!

And Sonny isn't giving up on his own Quantum deal, and he has a friend in the Feds who can help him get the goods. There will be trouble, played out to Luis's fun rap. And then the Babadook arrives!

All played out on in The Bay and The Streets Of San Francisco. Hank knows them well!

With a terrific ensemble cast that again includes David Dastmalchian, T.I., Judy GreerBobby Cannavale, and Abby Ryder Fortson playing Scott's daughter Cassie, it's a laugh a minute with Paul Rudd again making Ant-Man such a success. The characters are fantastic, I loved the first Ant-Man, the critics not so much, but they're on board for this one.

Make sure you catch the credits scene, and out of interest Marvel Agents of Shield Series 5 were told about the Thanos threat seen in Avengers: Infinity War.

So is Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson really going to die in Tahiti now?

But thank God Scott's decoy ant is still playing the drums!

Everything from the chemistry across the team, mixed with the sharp writing, action and comedy works; it's not a truth serum! There's the constant shrinking and enlarging, a giant Hello Kitty Pez, Luis loving the ride, and of course Stan Lee. And I bet you or your brother had a Hot Wheels carry case just like here. Vroom.

Adults and kids will love it. Another Marvel hit with amazing gadgets and tons of slapstick. Great Work Peyton.

Cannot wait for the next one.

Duh, duh, duh.

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