Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania: Movie Review

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Movie Review: Status Quo

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"Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" could be the tipping point when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe or even superhero films in general. We really felt that this needed to be more to stand out but it turned out to be generic. This is as formulaic a superhero film could be from its story to its visual effects and it lacked that human emotion, drama, and even consistent comedy to anchor it through its issues. Sadly, we just felt fatigued.

After saving the world, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has officially retired from superhero work and decides to write a book and spend most of his days with his wife Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and his daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton). But Cassie thinks that he should be doing more to help others. On one of their heavy discussions, Cassie reveals that she's been working on a way to explore the quantum realm using a sub-atomic probe and demonstrates how it works - inadvertently contacting a mysterious entity within the quantum realm that sucks them into it. Can Scott, Hope, Cassie and the rest of the family find a way out once again?

Not even Kang the Conqueror could save "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" from its inherent problems. And yet Kang the Conqueror and the excellent portrayal of Jonathan Majors was the biggest highlight for us and Majors definitely stole the show more than any actor in the film. The issue we have with the film was it simply lacked "character". The story and setting was in the quantum realm but in reality, this could have been set in space or in another planet and no one would even notice the difference. In fact, the film's weirdness simply didn't work for us and we struggled to relate with its world-building of the quantum realm. The barrage of new characters also was too much as most of these characters were given a few scenes at most to stretch out there backstories and we struggled to relate with most of them. Oddly enough, as formulaic as "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" was, it deviated to what makes "Ant-Man" films fun for us - its comedy. The change of pace and tone was a shock for sure but the film also failed to compensate this with enough relatable drama between our main cast. We don't expect perfection in every release and with a huge slate of films for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there will be misses. Unfortunately, "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" falls under this category.  

Rating: 2 reels

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