Director: Peyton Reed
Writer/s: Jeff Loveness, Jack Kirby
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Kathryn Newton, Jonathan Majors, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, and more.
BRING ON PHASE 5! “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” is here and has critics absolutely freaking hating it! No, for real, they hate it. Google it. However, I’m keeping it real. I’m keeping a positive mindset for it and waiting for my view to end. Let’s see what we got, shall we?
“Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne, along with Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, explore the Quantum Realm, where they interact with strange creatures and embark on an adventure that goes beyond the limits of what they thought was possible.”
I will urge this until the end of time: see a movie yourself and make your own opinion. I know this may sound ironic but don’t follow some random review online or whatever mindless viral review may pass your eyes. Watch it and create your own interpretation. All too often I will catch the cool, trendy TikTok video talking about how the new Marvel movie is a 0.5/5 star movie for trending comments X, Y, and Z, and the little sheeple go right along with it. Or we get the young budding movie “lover” talking about classic movies in a negative manner without any comprehension of the era it was created in. MAKE YOUR OWN THOUGHTS! I am simply here to guide and inform you, not influence you. With that said, “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” was f*&#ing great! In all honesty, this is most definitely one of the more straight-forward Marvel movies in the new phases while still being damn entertaining. For me, the Ant-Man series has been about clever quips and adventure/heist missions, and for the third time, we get it in a more than proper fashion.
I’m not going to hold out on my most anticipated part of this movie and this upcoming story of the MCU. Mr. Jonathan Majors as Kang The Conqueror! I’ve been all aboard the Jonathan Majors hype train for quite some time now. This man is a FORCE and is going to continue to be in Hollywood for quite some time. “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” “The Harder They Fall,” “Devotion,” and that’s just a few to start that even begin to show this man’s range. We get yet another taste of that here in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” The unquestioned best and most powerful part of the movie. I’d buy a ticket again just to see him work.
Piggybacking on performances, I was actually quite impressed by just about everyone here. The actors that got more screen time did well, and the more minor characters/actors put in good work for their smaller roles, as opposed to “Thor Love and Thunder” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” where there were small/supporting characters who just felt inputted in. I didn’t exactly feel that here.
However, all is not well as far as performances go. Luckily, the two that seemed to be more glaring than others were smaller characters… or… a big head and a small character… Yes, I’m talking about MODOFK… I mean, MODOK, and also Bill Murray’s character Lord Krylar. Murray was a total cash grab. They popped him in the trailer and the amount of time you see him there is proportionate to the amount of time he’s in the actual movie. And MODOK… *sigh* …A good attempt. And I understand the character is supposed to be an eclectic personality in the comments, but it just didn’t translate that well to the screen. HOWEVER, I want to talk about something really quick. I’m getting a lot of opinions thrown out there that reminds me of, well, myself, WHEN I WAS A 13 YEAR-OLD BOY. I would see something that looked weird or something I didn’t like… “OOOOOP WELP, MOVIE BAD. ME NO LIKE.” Grow up. MODOK is ugly as sin and he’s supposed to be. He’s a giant floating head with tiny limbs. His face is stretched. WHAT THE HELL DO YOU EXPECT? HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS LOOK GOOD? Don’t worry, I’ll wait… My inboxes are open.
Some quick final lasting notes:
The dialogue, yeesh. Some of those jokes did not land for me. Especially the final big joke between MODOK and Cassie. MODOK himself was overall pretty cringey, but please get the hell out of my face with the “he looked bad” criticism.
I was really impressed with how beautiful the quantum realm actually looked, and this was something I did not anticipate liking. On top of that, tell me why the quantum realm is more of a diverse Star Wars environment than the latest Star Wars movies themselves???
Lastly, William Jackson Harper as Quaz… Chidi, I missed you so much. ❤
Phase 5 is off to a fire start. When/if you see this, there are two end credit scenes, so sit tight. And if you’re like me, you’ll be happy to know they aren’t joke end credits. I freaking hate those. Get ready for a quantum world-filled adventure flick boosted by our favorite little superhero and especially boosted by the star power that is Jonathan Majors. I’ve got high hopes for this phase, man.
Edited by Erica McNatt
No copyright infringement is intended.