Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania – No-Spoiler Review
Marvel has continued to crank out not only films but also plenty of entertainment following movie storylines in the form of streaming television. The latest big movie release is Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, still only in theaters at the time of writing this.
The 11-year-old, wanted to see it on the big screen, and truthfully, so did I. Admittedly though, Ant-Man is not the highest on my list of "must see" Marvel productions. I can't quite figure out why, but it just doesn't call to me like the Iron Man films or even the Avengers ones. Most Marvel movies are at least good enough entertainment, and theater worthy for watching.
Paul Rudd returns as Ant-Man, with Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp. The film also features Ant-Man's daughter, Cassie, played by Kathryn Newton. Michelle Pfeiffer also appears as Janet Van Dyne playing a pretty significant roll, and features Michael Douglas returning as Hank Pym. So, the base cast is pretty damn solid. Adding to that is an appearance by Bill Murray, who I didn't expect was was excited to see.
As you can probably surmise from the trailer, much of the adventure of the film takes place in the Quantum Realm which we've had a taste of in previous Marvel films. This time, it's a much more in depth look with a time and multiverse traveling villain named Kang, played by Jonathan Majors.
At right around two hours long, the movie is filled with action, comedy, and some family drama. It focuses a lot on relationships, honesty, and doing what you can to make a difference in the world or in this case universe if you are able.
There was nothing in the movie providing those gut busting laughs, but some solid chuckles throughout are pretty much guaranteed. You also won't be bored, but moments can be a smidgen hard to follow if you don't stay focused. I do have one small gripe though, and that involves the multiple universes and time travel aspects of movies.
Not just Marvel, but even DC is now resorting to so many of their comic book movies taking the "alternate universe" or "alternate timeline" routes. It's almost like they are just out of ideas to continue on with some of the storylines and while it's not all bad, it is already getting old. I get that it's Hollywood, and it's based on comics, but it's one line of writing and suddenly someone is back alive, like anything can happen. It takes away from the emotion if we know that they might not really be dead or killed off for good.
Overall, I would give Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania as 3.7 our of 5 stars. It's for sure worth a theater watch for the visuals and sound quality and it's a film that most of the family can enjoy. Our 11-year-old thought it was "amazing".