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#AntManAndTheWasp – Movie Review

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Ant-Man and the Wasp – Budget of $130 million – 1 hour and 58 minutes

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After Scott survived the Quantum Realm, Dr. Hank Pym and Hope believe Janet (his wife and her mother respectively) could still be alive.  If so, they hope to bring her back.  Over the past 2 years, they have been working on the Quantum Tunnel.  They will use the tunnel to go subatomic and bring Janet back from the Quantum Realm.  Of course, they decide to test the machine just to work out any issues.  On house arrest, Scott has a dream about Janet playing hide and seek with a little girl.  While he is not supposed to contact Janet nor Hank while on house arrest, he can’t help but leave a message about his dream.  When Hope and Hank hear about Scott’s dream, they know their machine works and Janet is alive.  Now they are on a mission for one final artifact to ensure Janet’s safe return.  Hope goes undercover with a black tech dealer named Sonny Burch.  But men on Sonny’s payroll discovered Hope’s true identity.  Now, Sonny wants Pym tech in exchange for the artifact.  When Hope says no, he takes the artifact and her money.  During the battle against Sonny’s men, Hope (as Wasp) gets help from Scott (as Ant-Man) to stop Sonny.  Just when they believe they have the battle under control, they are stopped by Ghost.  Ghost can walk through any object and has superhuman strength.  And to make matters worse, she has stolen the lab with the Quantum Tunnel inside.  The shrunken lab.  Now Scott, Hope, and Hank must defeat Ghost, get the lab back, go to the Quantum Realm, and save Janet while stopping Sonny from stealing their tech.   And they must do this without Scott losing his probation.  Or he will get 20 years in jail, minimum.

This film proves Marvel has mastered special effects (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It is dizzying and funny to see Scott go from tiny to huge to normal to medium and back.  Also, a lot of real-world items were used in the fight scenes to make them more lifelike.  Unlike most Marvel movies, Ant-Man and the Wasp has a villain and an anti-villain.   Sonny is just a bad guy doing things for profit.  While Ghost’s story is more complex and has more heart.   You understand why Ghost is willing to sacrifice Janet’s life to save themselves.  With Avengers: Infinity War taking a darker turn, this movie provides the laughs and thrills to lighten the mood.  But don’t worry, it makes the connection between itself as a separate movie, the first Ant-Man, and Infinity Wars.  You get a recap scene voiced by Luis similar to the first movie.  You get a new storyline to separate itself from the other movies.  And you get a recap of what led to Scott’s house arrest.  Because of the recap, it’s not necessary to see Ant-Man.  But you should watch Captain American: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War before seeing this film.  While this is a great Dolby or Imax film, 3D is not necessary.  And say past the end credits for a shock and a question.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I still think about the night your mom and I had to leave you – Hank

Do you guys just put ‘quantum’ in front of everything – Scott

Did you guys get crushed by the building – Luis

It’s a pleasure doing business with you – Sonny

What do you want to be when you grow up – Hope

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Ant-Man – Budget of $130 million – 1 hour 57 minutes

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Ant-Man starts in 1989 with Dr. Hank Pym discovering that S.H.I.E.L.D. is attempting to replicate his Pym Particle, which is a formula that allows a human to shrink to the size of an ant with great abilities.  Pym is horrified of the future ramifications, so he resigns from S.H.I.E.L.D., takes the Pym Particle, and starts his own company.  In the present time, Pym’s estranged daughter, Hope Van Dyne, and former protégé, Darren Cross, has voted Pym out of his company and Darren is close to discovering Pym’s formula.  Hope knows Darren is losing his mind and warns her father of Darren’s intentions to recreate the formula and sell it to the highest bidder.  With his daughter’s warning, Pym seeks out someone who can operate the Ant-Man suit, powered by the Pym Particle, in order to steal Darren Cross’ formula before Darren can sell it and wreak havoc on the world.

Scott Lang, newly release from prison, is trying to go straight.  He wants to provide for his daughter, Cassie, and see her regularly.  Cassie’s mother, Maggie, will not allow visitation without Scott paying child support, getting a job, and getting an apartment. Scott wants to comply with Maggie’s rules, but has a difficult time due to his criminal record.   With a father’s determination, Scott decides to do one more job to get the money.  His friends tell him about a huge safe is an old man’s home.  They know it must have something of great value.  So Scott and his friends devise a plan to break into the home and steal the contents of the safe.  The home belongs to Dr. Pym.  Dr. Pym and Scott’s worlds collide for a huge, ant-sized adventure.

This movie is amazingly done.  It mixes the fun of a Marvel’s movie with the style of an Ocean Eleven’s robbery heist. The motion caption flows seamlessly throughout the movie and provides great fight sequences.  The jokes hit their mark each time and are evenly spread throughout each of the characters.  Product placements of Baskin Robins, LifeSavers, Siri, and The Cure ranged from extremely obvious to glimpses in the background.  There are moments of lull, but they are quickly saved with jokes or meaningful moments.  The contrasting father and daughter relationship is essential to this movie and is beautifully blended with the story’s plot.  You will catch amazing cameo performances from other Marvel characters and an amazing cinematic game of “telephone”.  Although this movie is tied to other Marvel movies, it can easily stand on its own.

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I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

That’s my helmet, Scott.  Don’t throw up – Dr. Hank Pym

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