By DARLA HIGGINS
There are many likeable movie stars in the world, and then there’s Paul Rudd.
Who doesn’t enjoy this seemingly ageless, adorable and affable person? Which is why he’s perfect as the reluctant and modest superhero in Ant-Man and The Wasp, in theaters now. Rudd plays Scott Lang, a sweet dad who can morph into many sizes once he dons his super suit. But he’s lacking confidence; as his daughter (played by Abby Ryder Fortson) asks him about his heroics, he shrugs and says, “I seem to mess it up almost every time.”
“Maybe you just need someone watching your back,” she replies. “Like a partner.”
Enter Hope Pym, played by Evangeline Lilly. Her long-lost mother has been miniaturized and trapped for decades, but they may be able to rescue her. This is when Ant-Man goes back to work.
Hope’s parents are played by Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer, adding serious star power to what is essentially a comic-book flick. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Rudd gushed over both actors, saying Douglas “lends an air of authenticity to the whole thing” and that Pfeiffer “is so cool.”
“We’re here making this movie and it’s really fun and action-packed and light-hearted, and all of the sudden it feels a little different,” he added. “Like, there are movie stars on this thing.”
As with any Marvel Studios movie, expect to see feats of strength from our heroes and lots of vehicles overturned. There are always overturned vehicles. With Ant-Man and The Wasp, you can also look forward to a sweet story involving romance, family, inspiration and humor.
Humor is always appreciated in these types of movies; it gives viewers a little rest from all of the action. In one scene, Ant-Man and Hope discuss their strategy for yet another fight scene.
“You go low, I’ll go high,” he says.
“I have wings,” she replies. “Why would I go low?”
The quips are all light and fun, just like the movie itself.
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