#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


#OfficeXmasParty – Review

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Office Christmas Party – Budget of $45 million – 1 hour and 45 minutes

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Clay and Carol are siblings with only their parents in common. Carol has been the responsible one who got her father’s company but not his attention. Clay is the fun one who got his father’s attention but only heads a branch of the company. Carol has come to a decision. If Clay doesn’t turn a 12% profit before the end of the quarter, which is 2 days away, she will layoff 80 workers. Also, Carol cuts the bonuses and the Christmas party for the budget. Clay loves his employees and will to do anything to help them keep their jobs. He believes he can land the $14 million account with Walter Davis. Knowing Walter has met with Dell and Oracle, Carol believes that Clay will not have chance, but agrees. If Clay gets the deal, his employees can stay and have their bonuses.  But she won’t budge on the party.  Walter likes their initiative, but does not like their company culture.  He believes that companies have put the board ahead of the workers and believes Clay’s company is the same. Clay decided to show Walter different by inviting him to the canceled party. Now Clay has to put together the biggest bash possible to win over Walter, his employees, and his sister.

This movie is a lot like Horrible Bosses (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The party is just a means to an end, not the actual end. This story leads to a car chase, gun wielding pimps, office romances, and cutting edge technology … all because of one party. It has a homages to Game of Thrones, Fast and Furious, and Project X (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  There are a lot of good comics with good gags and even a few life lessons, but it’s just not great.  There is so much going on that you may forget the point of the story.  If you are a fan of these movies, see it matinee and don’t stay past the end crawl.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Dynamite – Josh

Congratulations, you’re free. Are you going to get a back tattoo and skinny jeans – Tracey

My sister from another mister. I’m kidding. Our mother didn’t have affairs until the late 90’s – Clay

Don’t make me pull rank Clay. It is canceled. – Carol

If you use handcuffs, have a spare key. We don’t want this to be Thanksgiving again – Trina

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