“Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” (Disney)

Paul Rudd and Jonathan Majors star in a scene from the movie “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults.(OSV News photo/Disney)

By OSV News

Visually imaginative but dramatically flat third installment in the screen adventures of the romantically linked superheroes of the title (Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly). Together with his daughter (Kathryn Newton) and her parents (Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Douglas), the duo find themselves unwillingly transported to the subatomic Quantum Realm where they get drawn into the struggle between a band of rebels (led by Katy O’Brian) and a tyrant (Jonathan Majors) with cosmic ambitions.

As scripted by Jeff Loveness, returning director Peyton Reed’s extension of the Marvel Comics-based franchise pits the protection of loved ones against broader, more altruistic goals and showcases intergenerational family unity and teamwork while also trying to make a point about the oppression of indigenous people. But most of the running time is taken up by standard-issue action sequences with only Majors’ malignant gravitas and the occasionally effective comic relief adding much of interest.

Frequent bloodless violence, fleeting references to adultery, brief anatomical humor, at least one use of profanity, several milder oaths, some crude language. The OSV News classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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