‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is surreal fun!

Lapacazo Sandoval | 7/19/2018, 10:44 a.m.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is surreal fun.
'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Contributed

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is surreal fun. It moves swift but you’re laughing the whole time, largely because of the character Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). He’s one of the “good guys” despite having spent time in prison, a former convict-turned-superhero, but he’s nice. He’s popping around his world wearing a miniaturizing metal suit, but his presence is supernaturally larger. What is “Ant-Man and the Wasp?” Great question. It’s a fantasy about mutating matter.

Director Peyton Reed (director of the first “Ant-Man”) learned a lot from his first outing. Here he keeps the jokes moving right along with the action. Here is where you must respect the director. He knows comedy.

This superhero is human. Rudd’s Scott Lang is trying to be a good father, despite being divorced, with his daughter, Cassie (Abby Ryder Forston). He’s a little old school and he tries too hard but it’s just because he cares. Scott makes the best out of bad situations, playing digital drums—his way—through his last few days of house arrest, rescued, in a sense, by Dr. Hank Pym, the physicist and former S.H.I.E.L.D member played once again by actor Michael Douglas.

A romantic at heart, poor Hank won’t rest until he helps his wife, Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the quantum realm, where she’s been shrunk/miniaturized and living for 30 years because she shrewdly sacrificed herself by going sub-atomic to defuse a bomb. Scott and his daughter built a tunnel that will—theoretically—transport them to the quantum realm, but it’s housed in a building surrounded by bad guys.

Bad guy No. 1 is Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins), a trafficker of black-market tech. Bad guy No. 2 is Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), a bad girl, damaged because of a lab accident presided over by her scientist father (a colleague of Hank’s). She has acquired the ability to phase through objects. Her powers are cool for the screen but why she has them is rather vague.

The desire for Hank to reunite with Janet is understandable, and Michelle Pfeiffer is perfectly cast. The movie is fun, full of jokes and fused by the spirit of transmogrification.

In “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Rudd is the picture of wit and confidence.

Actor Michael Peña, who plays Luis, Scott’s former cellmate and his colleague in the security-consultant business, has a star quality.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is a fast two hours. It’s worth your money and your time.