Saturday, July 7, 2018

In Theaters Now: Ant-Man and the Wasp

As our first movie outing since moving to Seattle, today we went to see the latest Marvel film, Ant Man and the WaspIt was playing at The Admiral, a theater with a nautical theme (our film was at "Pier 3").

This film didn't have for Movie Churches. The lead character, Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), is a thief rather than a clergyman (not that the two professions are always mutually exclusive). But Lang has recently been in trouble with the law after breaking a number of federal and international statutes (as those who saw Captain America: Civil War may recall).  Placed under house arrest, Lang must answer to a Federal Agent, Jimmy Woo (played by Randall Park of TV's Fresh Off the Boat).

At one point in the film, Woo tries to explain to Lang's daughter, Cassie, why her father was in trouble with the law. In doing so, he uses a great deal of bureaucratic terminology. Lang sarcastically says to Woo, "You sure have a way with kids," and Woo replies, "I am a youth pastor." This clerical reference goes no further in the film, but we do see Woo acting with integrity and kindness. He avoids foul language. He wants to be friendly, even with Lang, his supposed adversary. I find it quite impressive he finds time for youth ministry along with his demanding job with the FBI, so I'm giving Youth Pastor Jimmy Woo our highest Movie Churches rating of Four Steeples.

1 comment:

  1. Actually, he does utter expletives twice toward the end of the film. And the character is played as rather inept and buffoonish. Did not appreciate that.