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Ant-Man And The Wasp  : Size Does Matter
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Friday, July 13, 2018
Action
Peyton Reed
Evangeline Lily, Paul Rudd, Hannah John Kamen, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer

Smaller than the spectacularly gigantic awesomeness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) but warm and friendly like a neighbourhood super hero, it’s a refreshing break from mind-busting inter-galactic wars.

 

Director Peyton Reed and his team of writers get high on father-daughter equations and strew it all over.

 

Ant-Man or Scott Lang is under house arrest and is cultivating a very cosy relationship with Cassey, his 10-year old. In fact when he’s called away on a vital Ant-Man mission, he’s torn between that and Daddy Duty which includes not violating the terms of his arrest.

 

The mission he’s drawn into is with Hope, the Wasp with whom he’s got undeniable chemistry, and her father Hank Pym. It’s Scott who has unwittingly given Hope and Hank the hope that her mother Janet can be brought back from the Quantum Realm after 30 years.

 

Father and daughter, both brilliant scientists, have been working on a Quantum Tunnel from their lab which can be shrunk or grown in size as per their will. Actually they can play about with size with almost anything. As Ant-Man discovers once he’s put on a suit that’s work-in-progress where he can turn into a giant over 65 ft tall. Or become as small as an Ant-Man should be.

 

Besides these two father-daughter stories that blend into one, Hank’s old colleague Bill Foster also has a daughter-like figure who’s blurry and ghostly. She wants the molecules from Janet to turn her into a full-bodied, flesh-n-blood person.

 

Meanwhile, a criminal wants the lab for his own greed.

 

The FBI are on the trail of Hank and Hope and smell a rat that Scott’s somehow out there, hoodwinking them about being house-bound.

 

It’s a merry run for the lab with everybody on the chase, on the road and the high seas.

 

A slim, normal story with more feeling than just badgering the senses with special effects, Reed turns on the wit and charm to keep you smiling.

 

No great moral lessons imparted, except that good guys always help and family matters, Reed keeps it as light as an ant’s wings. A truth serum scene, a quick flight in and out of Cassey’s school with the work-in-progress suit adding its fun moments, and Scott outwitting the FBI agent with his card tricks, make for non-stop entertainment. The FBI agent himself provides a touch of humour more than heaviness and the office banter with Scott’s colleagues at X-Con, his security firm, ensures that Hope’s wisdom and focus is balanced out with general silliness. Scott appearing to match Hope’s knowledge when he’s at sea in the quantum language being spoken and the scene where Janet gets into Scott, make Paul Rudd’s performance a tough but super fun assignment.

 

The music score is jaunty in the action scenes, dissolving into sudden silence before breaking out again. With Michael Douglas returning as Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly in the substantially more action-packed role of Hope, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet, it’s a satisfying outing with this fun franchise. 

 

Verdict: For an adventure with super heroes of a different size and a story from next door, Ant-Man And The Wasp gets a 3.5* rating.

 

Direction: 4/5
Screenplay: 3/5

Story: 2.5/5
Dialogues: 3/5

Music: 3/5

 

Reviewed by

Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author
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