ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

Out 3 De­cem­ber / cert 12 / 118 mins

Empire (UK) - - BINGEWATCH - Nev Pierce

In a world where ev­ery su­per­hero pic is big­ger, louder and, er, ex­plode-ier than the one that came be­fore, here’s a se­quel that proves a lit­tle Mar­vel can go a long way. the film has been knocked in some quar­ters for hav­ing rel­a­tively small stakes, but we need to be saved from su­per­hero movies that want to save the world — when a per­son can be just as im­por­tant. this is a story of fam­ily and friend­ship, with an in­sanely charis­matic cast — and still no lit­tle spec­ta­cle: Wasp’s ho­tel-set fight and the size-swap­ping car chase ca­reer­ing around San Fran­cisco are all-timers. I’d put them next to any other ac­tion set-pieces this year. It’s like span­dex supremo Kevin Feige day­dreamed, “What if Peter Bog­danovich made a comic-book movie?” — with rat-tat-tat comic ex­changes and ram­shackle hu­man­ism, via the psy­che­delic dan­ger of the Quan­tum realm. ‘What’s up, Doc (Strange)?’

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