Ant-Man and the Wasp
The tiniest superhero adds a sidekick.
The new hit Ant-Man sequel “feels like the platonic ideal of the summer air-conditioning movie,” said Ty Burr in The Boston Globe. “It’s fast, it’s funny, it’s full of likable stars and scientific mumbo jumbo,” and, most importantly, “it taps into the human urge to see big things become little and little things get big.” Paul Rudd again stars as a goofball dad compelled to play superhero after acquiring a suit that enables him to shrink to microscopic size, and refreshingly he’s “not the smartest person in the movie—not even close.” He’s bailed out more than once here by his “fairly captivating” new superhero co-star, said Stephanie Zacharek in Time.com. As Wasp, Evangeline Lilly enlists Ant-Man to help rescue her scientist mother from a subatomic realm she’s been trapped in for 30 years. But the attempt to ratchet up the action, complexity, and star power (hello, Michelle Pfeiffer) fights against “the diminutive, carefree scale that made the earlier movie work.” Luckily, “the joys of the movie” lie not in its central drama but in its “utterly gratuitous but amusing digressions,” Rudd’s witty asides included, said Ann Hornaday in The Washington Post. Ant-Man and the Wasp is simply an amiable good time, “and no less enjoyable for being instantly forgettable.” ■