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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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#1517ToParis – Movie Review

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The 15:17 To Paris – Budget of $30 million – 1 hour and 34 minutes

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Alek and Spencer have made a sport out of getting in trouble.  But after a teacher recommends medicating the boys, their mothers pull them out of public school and into a private Christian school.  While they are not fans of the new school, they met Anthony as he walks out of the principal’s office.  The principal warns Alek and Spencer to stay away from him.  So they become best friends with him.  The three love history and war games.  But when Anthony decides to change schools and Spencer goes to live with his dad in another state, the boys worry it could be the end of their friendship.  However, they continue their bond.  And when Spencer decides to spend his R&R in Germany, Alek and Anthony decided to backpack through Europe and meet him there.  Every decision they have made from boys to teens to young men will save hundreds of lives.

Based on the book The 15:17 to Paris, this true story of real heroes is amazing to watch (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  However, this movie is different because it doesn’t focus on the one event, it focuses on their entire childhood.  Their friendship is what led them to that train on that fateful day.  They even debated if they should go to Paris just moments before boarding.   These men were preparing for this moment since the day they met.  Now you get to watch the real heroes replay not only the day but their lives.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

That’s some sound advice – Alek

You’re a mom. You’re supposed to worry about your kids – Spencer

It’s not that we didn’t think you couldn’t do it. We just think you won’t – Anthony

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