“ANT-MAN” MAKES SUPERHERO FUN; “SHARP OBJECTS” ON TV
A Film and TV Review by Tim Riley
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (Rated PG-13) More consistently funny than the average superhero adventure, “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” the sequel to “Ant-Man” and less so to “Captain America: Civil War,” thrives on the everyman heroics of flawed superhero Scott Lang (Paul Lang) when he dons the costume.
Having survived an incident in Germany, Lang, now under house arrest and monitored by the watchful eye of FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park), tries to run his X-Con security firm while tending to his young daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson). The fact that Lang would rather be a slacker honing his magic skills and playing the drums irritates his estranged mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and former flame Hope van Dyne, aka The Wasp, (Evangeline Lilly).
Nevertheless, Dr. Pym is in need of Lang’s Ant-Man services to tinker with a contraption that could propel him to the Quantum Realm where it is believed his long-missing wife Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) could be rescued under the proper conditions. To make this happen, Lang relies on his wise-cracking partner Luis (Michael Pena) and assorted ex-felons at his security business, as well as a measure of good luck, to run interference that would allow him to outwit the federal agents eager to send him back to prison.
Naturally, huge obstacles await the return of Ant-Man working on an invaluable asset that is coveted by slick arms dealer Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) and his deadly goons as well as by the mysterious Ava, aka Ghost, (Hannah John-Kamen), who needs quantum energy to survive.
Complicating matters, even more, is that Dr. Pym and Hope are fugitives wanted by the FBI. Meanwhile, Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), a former colleague of Pym’s who harbors old animosities to his past partner, acts as the protective guardian for Ghost. The challenge for Lang and his reluctant partners is to stay steps ahead of the law, the criminal thugs and a vengeful Ghost, while working from a miniaturized building that they must alternately guard and later retrieve from their adversaries.
The high stakes of completing the mission to rescue Janet by perfecting a Quantum Tunnel that would travel to a sub-atomic world beyond our own while keeping adversaries at bay leads to plenty of high-energy car chases and fight scenes that contain strong elements of comedic pleasures. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” may not be considered in the top ranks of superhero films, but it is plenty of fun, which is reasonable to expect when Paul Rudd is so good at bringing his comedic talents to the forefront. This is a film to be enjoyed as good summer entertainment.