Quick Review: Ant-Man and The Wasp

The wife and I finally had some time tonight to sit down and watch a movie together. Lately it’s been hard to invest in anything other than TV shows or YouTube videos. However, as luck would have it, the holidays mean that we’ve got some time without a lot of commitments. On tonight’s agenda was Ant-Man and The Wasp.

We enjoyed the first movie when we saw it many years ago, and a bit part of that was due to the quirky humor of Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang. Having a character with such a fun approach to life is a breath of fresh air for such serious super hero action films. That same humor was on display again in the sequel, although at times I felt like Scott Lang was a sidelined character. This movie was most certainly not about him.

This movie is about Hank Pym and his quest to find his wife, lost in the quantum realm. But more than that, I felt like this movie was a way to show us that Hank really isn’t a great guy. Many of the problems of his life were his fault, including pushing people away, and using people to get what he wanted. This film doesn’t change that image of him, which left me with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. You want him to win, but at the same time, you kinda wish someone would just smack him around a bit and burst his ego.

Despite Hank, I enjoyed many of the characters in the film. I actually really liked the Burch side-plot, and loved how it allowed the X-Con gang to get more involved. It gave the movie a certain human element that showed that not all superheroes have super suits or powers. Sometimes, the ordinary guy can actually be a part of something good.

As usual the effects were top notch, and the production was typical Marvel style. Lots of big images and CGI effect scenes, that were done incredibly well. It’s almost to the point now that if a Marvel movie has only “adequate” CGI it’s considered bad. They’ve raised the bar for themselves over and over again to a point where everything they produce has to be excellent.

I won’t give much of the story away, but suffice it to say I mostly enjoyed the plot. There were a couple glaring plot holes that bugged me to no end, but I was able to suspend disbelief enough to enjoy what I was being fed. In the end I still enjoyed the film quite a bit.

Obviously, there were a couple mid and post credit scenes that flow into Infinity War, and we’re all ready for that ship to finally sail. I’m a little concerned on where they might be taking the next Avenger’s movie, but hopefully it’ll be done well. Overall, Ant-Man and The Wasp is a fun addition to the Marvel Universe. Just like the first film, it proves that you can have a lot of fun action, and quirky humor, but still be a super hero movie that can fly with the best that Marvel offers.

Quick Review: Ant-Man

Tonight the family all sat down to finally watch Ant-Man. It was released recently for rent on iTunes and since we had a full-house of kids tonight, it seemed like a good activity.

I didn’t know much about what to expect going into this film, except that it was a touted as being a bit more light-hearted than other comic book films. I can comfortably say that the added humor element was a ton of fun for all of us. The comedy wasn’t the focus of the film, and it was never very over-the-top, but it really gave this flick a wonderfully different feel than movies like Avengers.

Beyond the humor, the special effects in this film were really quite well done, and I felt that they captured the ‘shrunken world’ quite well. More importantly I think they managed to make those rapid transitions, between normal and ant size, feel somewhat natural, and not as disruptive as they could have been.

The story was what you would expect from a comic book film, and my only real complaint was in some of the motivations of one of the primary characters. I won’t give away any spoilers, but at one point in the film there is a big reveal about a past event, and I was left wondering why in the world anyone would have not bothered to have mentioned that sooner.

Overall, we had a great time and I loved the nods to the rest of the Marvel Universe that were thrown in as well. I think this movie stands up well right along side the other MCU movies and was well worth the price of a rental.