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A simple superhero movie that explores family bonds

Leisure
Mohammed Al A'Ali


The strength of this movie lies in its simplicity.

It is a stand-alone superhero movie that doesn’t require an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a film franchise stretching all the way back to the first Iron Man release in 2008.

And despite its comic book characters this is a story focused largely on adversaries engaged in a conflict of beliefs, rather than super-powered heroes fighting villains with grand plans to wipe out half the universe.

It is also helped by the fascinating concept of a superhero who can shrink to the size of an ant, or balloon to the size of a giant.

This might not be everybody’s first choice when it comes to superhuman abilities, but on the big screen it is a guaranteed recipe for entertainment.

Especially when the excellent Paul Rudd is playing the role of Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, whose character is quick to boast of his role helping Captain America during an earlier movie – Captain America: Civil War (2016).

Given that the latest release is a sequel to both the first Ant-Man (2015) and Captain America: Civil War, it is worth catching up on both of them before investing in a cinema ticket – that is if you haven’t seen them already.

Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) return for movie, which follows the heinous attempts of dimension-shifting villain Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) to steal their quantum technology.

The father and daughter need Scott to help them explore the Quantum Realm and, hopefully, find Hank’s long-missing wife Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer).

This is all while our superhero is supposed to be under house arrest, for reasons you will know if you’ve watched Captain America: Civil War.

But for me the real star of the show is the human-sized ant that makes an appearance in a hilarious twist – one that I hope will be repeated when Ant-Man reappears in the new Captain Marvel movie due out next year.

Not to forget the giant Hello Kitty Pez dispenser.

After the recent spate of comic book movies boasting an all-star, multi-superhero cast, Ant-Man And The Wasp was a refreshing change.

It proves that old-fashioned family bonds and traditional values can still be the stars of the show.

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