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Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

As a sequel to a lightweight Marvel movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp does its job. It’s entertaining and finds a way to work in the necessary connections to the Avengers franchise and the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you skipped the first Ant-Man, or expect to see Ant-Man courting a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, or couldn’t care less about the Avengers, then move along. This movie isn’t for you. If, however, you enjoyed the first Ant-Man flick, wonder why Ant-Man was a no-show in Infinity War, or simply like Paul Rudd (I mean, really, who doesn’t like Paul Rudd?), then take no shame in embracing the family-friendly buzz around Ant-Man and the Wasp. It is summer, after all.

Ant-Man

Ant-Man is Iron Man light. Right down to the teeny tiny suit. And since I’m a huge fan of Iron Man (due mostly to Robert Downey Jr.), I couldn’t help but like Ant-Man. It’s rather weak on the grand scale of Marvel comic superhero movies (i.e. those featuring the various “Avengers” including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, etc.) but Paul Rudd is still fun to watch as Scott Lang, a smart, sarcastic and kind-hearted master thief looking for redemption.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Here’s all you need to know about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

1. Anyone who’s read “The Hobbit” and/or seen and enjoyed the first of director Peter Jackson’s three-film adaptation will surely want to see this ‘middle’ installment. Odds are, they’ll like it – a lot. It’s quite good, visually and narratively. 2. The film essentially picks up where the last one, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, left off. Bilboa Baggins (Martin Freeman) still has possession of a precious ring that gives him courage and short-term invisibility. And he’s still on a dangerous quest with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and a bunch of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from an evil dragon named Smaug.