REAL HEROES. NOT ACTUAL SIZE.
After the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is under house arrest; soon, he becomes involved in an attempt to find Hope’s (Evangeline Lilly) mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) who’s been trapped in the quantum realm for 30 years. A sequel that matches the original, as it continues to explore everyday dangers for Marvel’s smallest superhero; just like him, we’re thrown between huge and tiny sizes, not least during a long, very intense and creative chase through San Francisco’s streets. Terrific visual effects in 3D and the movie remains true to its humorous and appealingly family-friendly tone. Thin story, but the cast and sheer sense of fun make up for it.
2018-U.S. 118 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Stephen Broussard, Kevin Feige. Directed by Peyton Reed. Screenplay: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari. Cast: Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man), Evangeline Lilly (Hope van Dyne/Wasp), Michael Peña (Luis), Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer… Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne. Cameo: Stan Lee.
Trivia: A younger version of Fishburne’s character is played by his son, Langston.
Last word: “I think the biggest inspirations were when we talked about the first movie really [being] sort of a heist movie. We wanted to stay in the crime genre in this thing. And we really talked a lot about like structurally like Elmore Leonard novels. Like what if Elmore Leonard wrote a science fiction novel and Marvel made a movie of it? That was sort of our jumping off point. But we really looked at movies like ‘Midnight Run’ was a big influence in that there’s a very simple goal. De Niro’s a bounty hunter, he’s gotta bring in Charles Grodin, but then there’s the rival bounty hunters and the FBI and all these complications and double-crosses that happen. That’d be a cool template for a Marvel movie.” (Reed, Slashfilm)