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A bug-heavy title notwithstanding, the main selling point of this likable but unexceptional Marvel movie from Peyton Reed is its humanity. In Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, the film has that rarest of commodities: an entirely accessible, relatable comic-book hero. He may be able to shift scale between sub-molecular speck and building-sized titan; he may be able to handle himself in the kind of scrap that destroys a city but, by Marvel standards, Ant-Man is a regular Joe. And Scott knows it – he’s quietly wrestling with a case of impostor syndrome, hence the self-conscious way in which he refers to Captain America as “Cap”. He’s a hero who, unlike his contemporaries who are cushioned by extreme wealth or powers, is forced to atone for his actions.
When we meet Scott, he is ankle-tagged and under house arrest, serving time for his part in the third-act devastation of Captain America: Civil War. His two-year sentence has passed in a haze of arrested adolescence – Scott lounges around in his pants, plays drums, binges on fast food and junk television. More usefully, he has taught himself close-up magic from an online tutorial. But his incarceration has come at a cost, to his relationship with his daughter, to his business (a security firm run with buddy Luis, played by Michael Peña), and to his budding romance with Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). But with just a few days left to serve, Scott finds himself coaxed back into his ant-suit.
Unlike the vast, extravagant action of most of the other Marvel movies, Ant-Man and the Wasp plays out on a smaller scale. And while this dials down some of the impact – the antagonist here, Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) has no aspirations of world destruction, she just wants to survive – it does give the film a buoyancy and manoeuvrability that is frequently absent in the other pictures. It may not be as significant to the Marvel canon as, say, Black Panther but the skittish wit and playfulness wins us over.
Source: The Guardian
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