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(Convoluted Marvel feature)

There's a lot of convoluted, quasi-scientific mumbo-jumbo in this fairly entertaining movie involving yet two more Marvel characters. If you are a fan of the genre, you'll enjoy the action, especially watching characters and objects morph back and forth from tiny bugs and cars to giant people and objects.

Paul Rudd is good as Ant-Man, a single father who is spending two years of home confinement for bad things he did while trying to save the world (but that's another movie) playing games with his daughter.

Ant-Man reconnects with Hank Py, (Michael Douglas) and his daughter, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), as they try to find their wife/mother Janet (Michele Pfeiffer), who has been in limbo in the quantum realm. Hope has assumed her mother's role as the Wasp, making her able to shrink to Ant-Man's size and also to fly.

The movie gets entangled in scientific gobbledygook trying to explain all these complicated scientific theories, slowing things down to a crawl before the big rescue.

Naturally, there's a villain, as Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) tries to steal the technology inside the building that houses the lab. The running joke has the huge structure morphing down to the size of a briefcase. And then there's Ghost Hannah John-Kamen), a dying woman who is suffering from "particle phasing” and under the care of Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), who looks out of place in this movie.Comic relief is provided by Luis (Michael Pena), who is overwhelmed with the size-shifting that takes place all around him.

It is all pretty silly, but quite different from most of the Marvel characters and movies. Fans will like it. If you have to take the kids, just go with the flow, forget all the scientific mumbo-jumbo, and enjoy.

Rated PG-13, with some violence.


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