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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I’m back, b*tch*s!

I am sorry, ignore the title…I was bored when I made it a few seconds ago. So now it is time for another regular post thingy of doom. So are you ready? Because if you’re not, then you can leave now. Simple as that!

Easter has come and gone. But I honestly did nothing during that time more than eat, sleep, play games, watch movies and just be a lazy fucker that no one likes. Okay, my dog still loves me, but that is a different story. I got some candy (not that much, but frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn). I also got some great food thanks to my great mom who made some excellent food. She is a pretty good chef I have to say.

I don’t remember if I have mentioned this so I’m doing it anyway. After my grandma (mother’s side) passed away recently, we got to look through her old apartment for stuff we might’ve wanted. I found myself a small leather bag of old international coins, some cool pins and a toy revolver. I was especially happy about the revolver since…well you know I am a western-nut.

I got a bunch of good games during and after my birthday. The game after the birhthday I bought. The ones I got for my birthday were; Final Fantasy X, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, Spec Ops: The Line and the last one that I don’t care too much about anymore…Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII. The one I bought a few weeks after on the other hand I do care about, since it’s recent in my mind and actually good…Darksiders 2. Yeah.

I have nothin’ more…so let’s get to ze random facts:

I love vampire related movies and stuff. But Twilight make me sick in my stomach. VAMPIRES SHOULD NOT FUCKING SPARKLE DAMN IT!

I love arguing with people and also discussing with them (they are different, discussing is calm, arguing usually means yelling at each other).

My favorite video game console is te Playstation 2. It’s the one I grew up with and will keep playing for as long as I can.

 

I am done here for now. 

Bye people!