We’re big fans of ‘Ant-man and the Wasp’

Lisa Sobien doesn’t know Dave Mason has shrunk and is under her cup. Run, Dave! USS Angeles members got a new perspective of all things big and small after seeing “Ant-man and the Wasp” in Marina del Rey. (Photo by Lisa Sobien)
USS Angeles members gather after seeing “Ant-man and the Wasp” at the AMC Marina Marketplace 6 in Marina del Rey. From left are Paul Szymborski, Dave Mason, Lisa Sobien, Gloria Rodriguez and Jennifer Cole. (Photo by a gracious Yard House server)

By Fleet Capt. Dave Mason
MARINA DEL REY — USS Angeles members sized up the heroes and found “Ant-man and the Wasp” stood tall on the big screen.
Jennifer Cole, Gloria Rodriguez, Lisa Sobien, Paul Szymborski and I watched the film July 7 at the AMC Marina Marketplace 6 in Mariana Del Rey. We laughed hard at the movie’s humor, which was a nice change-of-pace from previous Marvel movies’ emphasis on galactic or universal tragedies. Here the stakes were lower for the universe, but maybe higher on a personal level for the heroes. I won’t say anything else about the plot in case you haven’t seen the film, but will praise director Peyton Reed for finding the right pace for the action, humor and character development.
As he did in “Ant-Man” (2015) and “Captain America: Civil War” (2016), Paul Rudd took an effortless and appealing approach to playing the charming Scott Lang, aka the Ant-man with the shrinking/enlarging suit. He makes mistakes, but manages to save the day.
Rudd also was one of the writers of the great screenplay.
Evangeline Lilly (ABC’s “Lost”) added a mix of intensity and fun as the heroic Hope Van Dyne, aka the Wasp. Michael Douglas gets some great screen time as  the original Ant-man, Hank Pym, goes back in action. The talented cast also includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Peña and Laurence Fishburne. And “Ant-man” co-creator Stan Lee, one of the executive producers, gets his usual great cameo.
After the movie, we enjoyed dinner at the nearby Yard House and found sci-fi books and more at Barnes and Noble.
But I noticed I suddenly needed help to reach a book on the second shelf. The doors also seemed taller.
At a nearby coffee shop, Lisa put me on the counter so I could order a hot chocolate, and LIsa, Paul and I had a nice chat.
Something didn’t seem right.
At Disneyland the next morning, I found some nice shade on a hot morning. All of the sudden, I heard Lisa’s voice as the “shade” started to fall on me. It was a giant paper cup! I had shrunk to the size of an ant, ironically outside the Tomorrowland theater with a sneak preview of “Ant-man and the Wasp.”
Yikes, one of the shrinking devices must have gone from the Marina del Rey movie screen during “Ant-man and the Wasp” and fallen on me! (Talk about great special effects!)
As I yelled to get Lisa’s attention before she lowered the cup on me, I thought of the three most dreaded words for any sci-fi fan.

Dave Mason

Commanding Officer, USS Angeles NCC-71840