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Movie review: ‘Ant-Man’ big fun

Published July 18. 2018 12:03PM

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is preposterous. That’s OK. It’s preposterous fun.

The Marvel Comics superheroes Ant-Man, aka Scott Lang, is played with charming bravura by Paul Rudd.

The Wasp, aka Hope Van Dyne, is played with confident strength by Evangeline Lily.

Together, and apart, they are big fun. Ant-Man supersizes to proportions bigger than the Stay Puft Marshamallow Man in “Ghostbusters.”

They are also small fun. Ant-Man shrinks to the size of, well, an ant. And the Wasp, too, goes from large to small.

The switch from Scott Lang to Ant-Man, to giant Ant-Man to miniature Ant-Man, as well as the change of Hope Van Dyne to The Wasp, large and small, and the miniaturization of vehicles is superfast, superb and much of the fun in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

The movie was seen in 2D for this review. This is one film that would probably be even more fun to see in 3D.

Memorable in supporting roles are Michelle Pfeiffer (Janet Van Dyne-Wasp, Hannah John-Kamen (Ava-Ghost), Michael Pena (Luis), Laurence Fishburne (Dr. Bill Foster), Judy Greer (Maggie) and Bobby Cannavale (Paxton).

Director Peyton Reed (director “Ant-Man,” 2015), working from a screenplay by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari, based on the Marvel Comics characters, provides a good mix of action, character development, quippy dialogue, and visual puns.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” returns the Marvel Comics Universe to its lighter side. There is little emphasis on complicated science-fiction theories. Scenes are filmed with a light touch rather than being dark and foreboding as in many recent Marvel superhero movies. The emphasis of the film is on entertainment. And entertain it does.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp,” along with “Incredibles 2” is one of the summer 2018 feature movies that can be enjoyed by most all of the family.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp,” MPAA rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.) for some science-fiction action violence; Genre: Science-Fiction, Action, Adventure; Run time: 1 hr., 58 mins. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Credit Readers Anonymous: The song, “Come on Get Happy” (1972), performed by The Partridge Family, figures prominently on the soundtrack at the beginning and end of “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Stay to the very end to see a giant ant playing Scott Lang’s electronic drum set. There’s also a scene where the Pym family gets erased, as in “Black Panther.” There’s also a statement: “Ant-Man and the Wasp Will Return,” after which a question mark appears. for a clue for a sequel. In the opening credits, as with “Avengers: Infinity War,” the Marvel Studios logo changes the “io “ in Studios to the numbers “10” to mark the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Box Office, July 13: It was a lucky weekend for “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” which opened at No. 1 with $44.1 million for the weekend, and $45.4 million since opening July 12, exterminating “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” dropping one slot to No. 2 with $28.8 million, $132.8 million, two weeks, as “Skyscraper,” the latest product from Freedom High School product Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, scraped by, opening at No. 3 with a not so tall $25.4 million.

4. “Incredibles 2” dropped one slot, $16.2 million, $535.8 million, five weeks. 5. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” dropped three slots, with $15.5 million, $363.2 million, four weeks. 6, “The First Purge” purged two slots, $9.1 million, $49.5 million, two weeks. 7. “Sorry to Bother You” rang up six slots, $4.3 million, $5.3 million, two weeks. 8. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” shot down three slots, $3.8 million, $43.2 million, three weeks. 9. “Uncle Drew” dropped three slots, $3.2 million, $36.6 million, three weeks. 10. “Ocean’s Eight” washed down three slots, $2.9 million, $132.2 million, six weeks.

Unreel, July 20:

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” PG-13: OL Parker directs Lily James; Amanda Seyfried, a Lehigh Valley native; Meryl Streep, and Dominic Cooper in the musical comedy sequel. Look for more Abba hit songs, more dancing and more fun.

“The Equalizer 2,” R: Antoine Fuqua directs Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo in the crime thriller sequel. Look for Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) to try to right more wrongs.

Three popcorn boxes out of five popcorn boxes.

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