Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania Movie Review


    Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania movie poster

    Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania may be about a small hero, but it’s a big, bad movie. Loaded with special effects and a grand introduction to the MCU’s next big villain, this latest franchise entry looks the part but is easily one of the worst Marvel movies to date. 

    Watching this new Ant-Man movie is an odd experience, because on the surface it checks a lot of boxes. Paul Rudd making quirky remarks? Check. Marvel-level action throughout? Check. A menacing villain? Check. Bill Murray? Check. 

    And yet the movie, which clocks in at a merciful two hours (“only two hours” by MCU standards), is a dreadful bore. It desperately wants to be fun, cool, and fast-moving, to give us insight into new places never before seen on screen, but it instead comes off as desperately tired and uninventive. It isn’t boring in a traditional sense–stuff happens constantly, and you’re not waiting around for something, anything to happen–and yet as the minutes tick on the movie, helmed by returning Ant-Man director Peyton Reed, you have to ask yourself, “This is the best they could come up with?”

    The first Ant-Man was an amusing sideshow for the MCU, and benefited from the inventiveness of the hero’s “powers.” Ant-Man and the Wasp I referred to as “pretty damn entertaining,” though I can’t exactly recall what the hell happened in that movie. Those two movies benefited from not being obsessed with world-building; they were fun, controlled, and tight.

    Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is what happens when you abandon your formula and give fully into the generic franchise-extending machine the MCU has become. Sapped of creativity, originality, and purpose other than to set up future movies, this latest entry is just colorful nothingness to watch. The inventiveness of the shrinking/enlarging tech and the visual opportunities it presents–recall the Thomas the Train fight from the original–is gone, replaced with the Quantum Realm, a world that is really just an alien landscape reminiscent of Guardians of the Galaxy (but lacking the witty writing and memorable characters) when it should have been more on the spectrum of Strange World.

    Its one real draw is its introduction to Kang the Conqueror, played with simmering, scene-chewing delight by Jonathan Majors. Majors commands every scene he’s in, even if his character is as one-dimensional as they come, his presence only ruined by a truly terrible post-credits scene.

    But beyond Majors, there isn’t much. 

    There are some funny bits, of course, and I liked Mordock, as cheesy as he was (a better Ant-Man would have had Paul Rudd facing off against this weird creature for 90 minutes). The goo creature is amusing, too. Michele Pfeiffer still is a head-turner (but is still wasted in the MCU) and Michael Douglas has charm.

    Perhaps one of Quantumania’s biggest writing sins is that one of its titular characters–the Wasp (played by my “Lost” crush Evangeline Lilly)–is there for show. Until the end of the movie’s climax you totally forget that technically this is supposed to be her movie too; the only memorable thing she does in the movie is to showcase multiple bad hairdos.

    Marvel has a big problem on its hands, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumanium is the latest demonstration: the quality of the MCU franchise has diminished considerably since Endgame.

    Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

    Originally Posted Here

    Popular Posts

    More like this

    Original Staind Drummer Jon Wysocki Dead at 53

    Jon Wysocki, original drummer of Staind, has died...

    Official Trailer for ‘Hayao Miyazaki and the Heron’ Making Of Doc Film

    Official Trailer for 'Hayao Miyazaki and the Heron'...

    August Visitor New Movie Release (New Movie) Uju Okoli 2022 nigerian latest movie

    nigerianmovies #august2022 OSSYKINGTV is a trending Nigerian Nollywood movie...

    Chat (and Unpack) May's Biggest Fashion Stories in With Our Editors

    There's a lot to keep track of in...
    Chris Pratt Wants Katherine Schwarzenegger to Star in a Movie With Him
    OMAGE California Artisanal Brandy Steals the Spotlight – Hollywood Life
    CNN Commentator Alice Stewart Dead at 58
    Tides of War — Cheat Sheet and Tips – Hollywood Life
    In a Violent Nature Movie Review
    Thelma Movie Review
    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Movie Review
    Challengers Movie Review
    Nathan Smothers Hints To Taylor BeDell Marriage & Kids In Post
    Days of Our Lives Spoilers for the Week of 5-20-24: The Baby Secret Starts to Come Out, But There’s a Long Way to Go
    ‘Guiding Light’ Star Kim Zimmer Reveals Cancer Diagnosis
    Chicago Fire Spoilers: Can the Season Finale Save a Slow Season?
    Original Staind Drummer Jon Wysocki Dead at 53
    Surveillance Footage Shows Diddy Attacking Cassie in 2016
    Emma Stone and Jesse Plemons to Star in Yorgos Lanthimos’ Bugonia
    Lana Del Rey and Jelly Roll “Sweet Home Alabama”: Watch
    Chat (and Unpack) May's Biggest Fashion Stories in With Our Editors
    Esprit Europe, German offshoots of Esprit Holdings file for bankruptcy
    Must Read: Fendi Cancels June Couture Show, Chopova Lowena wins 2024 BFC/'Vogue' Designer Fashion Fund
    Revenue of British fashion house Burberry at $3.73 bn in FY24
    “Killer Body Count” (2024) Tubi Review
    5 Horror Movies that need a Prequel
    Twisted Terrors in Neverland: A First Look at Peter Pan’s Neverland Nightmare
    Strange Things’ Joe Davison shares a glimpse of his upcoming movie, DEMON QUEEN PINBALL MACHINE with Mike Ferguson
    Official Trailer for ‘Hayao Miyazaki and the Heron’ Making Of Doc Film
    August Visitor New Movie Release (New Movie) Uju Okoli 2022 nigerian latest movie
    'Bad Boys: Ride or Die' Final Trailer
    The Best Upcoming Movies 2023 (New Trailers)
    BLACKPINK – ‘Lovesick Girls’ M/V
    Summer Walker – Deep (Audio)
    Justin Timberlake – Say Something (Official Video) ft. Chris Stapleton
    Rihanna – What Now (Official)