Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

And the 2018 catch-up continues. Admittedly I don’t have a super specific series set up, but catching up on the year’s movies is what one have to do when nearing the end of said year. Enough rambling, let’s shrink.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Ant-Man and the Wasp”.

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has to once again don the Ant-Man suit, but instead of using it to steal some shit, he has to use his abilities, as well as the assistance of his ally Hope (Evangeline Lilly), to get hold of some tech to try and pull Janet Van Dyne out of the Quantum Realm. But this quest will prove challenging as opposing forces want this technology for their own purposes. So now we have our “Ant-Man” sequel plot. And it’s good, a fun comic book romp. Has a few decent dramatic moments. Not much I can say, it’s just a fun superhero plot. Doesn’t do much, but doesn’t do little either. It’s fast-paced and easy to follow while expanding on a few of the ideas set up in the first movie. It doesn’t do anything special, but it also doesn’t need to. It’s just an easygoing and fun plot.

The characters in this are colorful, interesting, and really entertaining. Paul Rudd of course returns as Scott Lang, the charming ex-con/superhero with a heart of gold. He’s fun, he’s someone I care about, and he is just generally an enjoyable protagonist. And Paul Rudd is great in the role. Next we have Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne/Wasp. She was just sort of a tough sidekick/teacher in the first movie, but here she gets to do a lot more, especially since she now has her own super suit to play with. And she’s quite an enjoyable character to follow. And Lilly is great in the role. Michael Peña returns as Scott’s best friend, Luis, and he’s just as hilarious as he was the first time around. Michael Douglas returns as Dr. Hank Pym, and he’s once again pretty great. Newcomer time! First up, Hannah John-Kamen as “Ghost”, a mysterious new villain with a pretty compelling arc that I won’t say more about here, but I found it to be pretty cool. And John-Kamen is really good in the role. We also get Walton Goggins as some shady black market dealer, and he’s as Goggins-y as ever, and while his character doesn’t have much to actually do, Goggins is really good in the role. We also get supporting performances from people like Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Abby Ryder Fortson, David Dastmalchian, Randall Park, T.I., Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Pfeiffer, and more, all doing very well in their respective roles.

Like with the first movie, Christophe Beck did the score for this one. And it’s just as fun and enjoyable as the first time around. It’s bouncy, irreverent, and just overall fits the lighthearted tone that the movie generally goes for. The added use of synth and (for lack of a better word) bouncy percussion really helps keep the pace up. It’s just fun. And there are a few licensed tracks used throughout that work well enough in their respective scenes.

As with the first movie, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” was directed by Peyton Reed and I think he did a good job with it. His directing is fun, fast-paced, and just generally has a certain energy that makes it all quite enjoyable to watch. The action scenes too are quite solid, giving us some good close quarters combat, as well as the shrink/grow superhero stuff we came to see. There’s of course also a lot of comedy throughout this movie, and I found most of it to be quite funny. A few jokes weren’t the best, but none of them made me want to tear my brain out. Some mild nose-wrinkling, some chuckles, a few out loud laughs… yeah, it’s funny.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 88% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 70/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is a fun movie… not one of the best of the year, but an enjoyable romp nonetheless. It has a good plot, good characters, great performances, really good music, really good directing, and funny comedy. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is an 8,76/10. So while not perfect, it’s still definitely worth buying.

My review of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is now completed.

Baba Yaga…

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Movie Review: Ant-Man (2015)

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With “Civil War” just around the corner, and by around the corner I mean that it comes out tomorrow but I might not be able to see it until saturday because of the company I keep, I deemed that it was finally time for me to see the last entry in the MCU that I had not seen yet, please don’t kill me.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Ant-Man”.

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) just got released from prison. However his life outside of the bars isn’t going to be the easiest after he ends up taking another job where he steals a special super-suit from scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). So now Scott has to work with Hank and also Hank’s daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) to pull off a big heist to more or less save the world. Basically it is “Iron Man” combined with “Ocean’s Eleven” when it comes to the style of the story. Don’t misinterpret, I am not saying that “Ant-Man” is as good as eitehr of those movies, but that it feels like a mix of the both. And I have to say that I really enjoyed the experience of watching this play out. It’s actually kind of refreshing to have a Marvel movie on such a small scale where the entire planet isn’t TOTALLY at risk. It’s a fun, fast-paced trip and I enjoyed every minute of it.

The characters in this movie are all very entertaining and all work pretty well within the story. Paul Rudd is fantastic as Scott Lang, he is likeable, funny and his performance overall was really good. Michael Douglas, an actor I like but haven’t seen much from recently… holy hell, he was great as Hank Pym. Seriously, I haven’t seen him this great in a lot of (if any) recent stuff. Evangeline Lilly was great as Pym’s daughter and the two had really good chemistry with each other. Michael Peña plays Scott’s buddy who kind of helps him after he’s released from prison… seriously, pretty much every word out of that guy’s mouth is comedic gold. He is so great in the movie, he constantly had me chuckling/laughing. Then we have Bobby Cannavale who plays a police officer who now has a relationship with Scott’s ex-wife… yeah, he’s great. The last one I want to mention is Corey Stoll who plays the main villain, Darren Cross/Yellowjacket… how do I put it… he’s kind of a mixed bag for me. I do think Corey Stoll gives a good performance in the movie and when he puts on the Yellowjacket costume he is absolutely badass… but as a villain he isn’t that compelling, kind of standard stuff here. His motivations aren’t that interesting and I won’t really remember him too well after this I think… at least his acting was good.

The score for the movie was composed by Christophe Beck and it was actually really good. Sure, some of the tracks sound like your typical superhero stuff that doesn’t sound bad but you’ve heard it a billion times. But then there are tracks very reminiscent of tracks for a whole bunch of different heist films and I thought that was really cool and that it really worked for the movie.

This movie went through some problems as it was getting made. Originally it was supposed to be directed by Edgar Wright (which would have been amazing), but then he dropped out due to creative differences between him and Marvel. Then it went through some different hands until finally landing in the hands of Peyton Reed (oh boy). And while I think that whatever Edgar Wright would’ve conjured up would have been much more interesting/better, I have to say that I am happily surprised with how Reed handled the direction of this movie. It is quick, it is smooth and it’s overall very well done (Still wanna see Wright’s version). The action scenes too, holy shit, they exhilarating and really entertaining. The way they use Ant-Man’s shrinking technology for the action scenes is very creative and makes for some very fun and awesome scenes. I will also say that the visual effects are overall really great. The writing is also really good, with a lot of clever and funny dialogue that kept me entertained/laughing. Also, like with every Marvel movie I recommend that you stay through the entire credits for some pretty sweet stuff. Also look out for some pretty cool cameos throughout the movie.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 80% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 64/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,4/10.

“Ant-Man” is one of those strange supereroes that I’ve for a long time wondered how he would make it on the silver screen. Well I can safely say that his first outing is a good start. The movie is fun, fast-paced, heartfelt, well acted, well directed, well written, funny, has great action and is just pretty damn great. Yes, the villain isn’t very compelling, but I guess he’s servicable. Time for my final score. *Shrinks* Damn it… My final score for “Ant-Man” is a 9,76/10. While flawed, I think it deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “Ant-Man” is finally completed.

*Grows to normal size* Gotta stop leaving the buttons so easily accessible. 

Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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I don’t know about you, but I fucking love Tom Cruise! The guy is not only a good actor but he also has a lot of respect for moviegoers and action movies. How does he have that you may ask? Well he does his own stunts and really commits to the thing he is doing. Also if you see him at premieres and red carpet stuff you see that the guy loves his fans and enjoys interacting with them. And based on those things I have the utmost respect for the guy. Besides, he has been in some of my favorite movies such as “Collateral” (2004), “Interview with the Vampire” (1994) and “A Few Good Men” (1992). And then I heard he was starring in a sci-fi/action movie directed by Doug Liman who made “The Bourne Identity” (2002) which is another one of my favorite movies. So of course I was a little excited and waited until it came out and couldn’t go because I don’t have a job and therefore don’t make money and can go see every damn movie. But anyways, now that it have come out on DVD/Blu-Ray I could finally sit my butt down and have a look at this new movie.

Ladies and gentlemen…”Edge of Tomorrow”!

This movie is about major William Cage (Tom Cruise) who is sent into war to help fight aliens who want to annihilate us. But he doesn’t want to go to war and is therefore basically forced by General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) into it and has been demoted. So when he is in battle he manages to kill one of the aliens that, when killed, gives him a sort of super power. And by killing it I mean he blows himself up. But the twist is that when he gets the blood and guts and stuff of the alien into him he is teleported to the day before. So now whenever he dies he automatically turns back time. Now this premise sounds like it might get incredibly repetitive after a while but it surprisingly works. It doesn’t only focus on Cruise being killed all the time (even though that is a central theme of the movie) but it also focuses a lot on him trying to find a way to get rid of this power with the help of the incredibly badass Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). So you get to see Cruise relive the same day over and over again as he becomes a more skilled soldier and learns more about this power and how to stop it and the aliens. Now I thought the execution of the story really worked and was surprisingly awesome. The only problem I had with it was a thing (will not spoil it) which felt a little forced and I just didn’t think it worked for the story as it was cheesy and as I said… a little forced. But overall I thought the story was great.

The characters in this movie are (for the most part) very fleshed out. All of them had a purpose and they all served it perfectly. Firstly I think we have to get something clear… Tom Crusie in this movie is not the badass you expected him to be. As a matter of fact he is the exact opposite of that. The character of William Cage is a real coward and that makes him a lot more entertaining and relatable. But as you may expect he turns into more of a badass later on. Next up of the two most important characters is of course Rita. As I said before, she is a real badass! She has a backstory which you get throughout the movie and she overall just worked as a character. All the actors in this movie did a great job here. They all gave really good performances and that was nice to see.

The music, while nothing super special, was good. The original tracks by Christophe Beck were good and they worked well for the movie. And the few licensed tracks they used were also working and never over-shadowed anything. So the music in general was good.

Fun fact: This movie is based on a japanese graphic novel called “All you need is Kill”. Sure the characters are japanese in the graphic novel, but hey, it is fun knowing the story of an American movie is based on what you basically can call a manga. Also I have to touch on the action in this movie… it is pretty damn good. I already knew Doug Liman could do action, hell he did “The Bourne Identity”. But never that you could see it this clearly and just have so much fun with it! Also, some shots in the movie were really cool. I also feel like I have to touch on how funny this movie was… it was hilarious. Not only did it have cool action, good acting/story and great visual effects, but it also made me laugh a bunch of times. Most of them were based on the whole “Dying a lot” thing. Most movies would get it wrong and it would be pretty lame but here it just works and I love when movie can do that!

Now how was this movie received? On Rotten Tomatoes it got a 90% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a 71/100. And finally on imdb.com it got an 8,0/10.

“Edge of Tomorrow” got a great story, great acting, good music, great action, great visual effects, great comedy and just kept me interested the whole time. Sure, there was that one part in the story that bothered me a little since it felt a little forced but that doesn’t take away too much from the movie. Time for the final score. My final score for “Edge of Tomorrow” is a 9,59/10. This movie is great, go pick it up it is totally worth it and I will of course grant it the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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“Edge of Tomorrow” is reviewed.

If I would die, would I have to do the review all over again?