The Lowedown on “Ant-man and The Wasp” (PG-13 – Theatrical – US)

“Ant-man and The Wasp”

Ant-man and The Wasp

Genre: Fantasy/Comic Book

Or “Why wasn’t Ant-man in Infinity War?”

When I walked in the theater, I was expecting this to be fun but I had one bearing question in my mind, “Why wasn’t Ant-man in Infinity War?” I will tell you I did have fun…and although patience was a virtue I was able to get the question answered.  Whether you’re big or small…or short or tall…this is for sure a break from the intensity that we have received lately in the MCU.  So let’s press the red button and break this movie down into teeny tiny pieces with The Lowedown…

Cast=10

The original cast comes back for “Ant-man and The Wasp”…Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, and the rest of the scooby gang. Plus you get some added love from Laurence Fishburne and Michelle Pfeiffer…I have to award maximum points for this. It’s a great way to start it off…ten points.

Acting=6

Not a whole lot of substance here.  Evangeline Lilly is the high point in the acting, but unfortunately one is not enough to give a high score. The acting was pretty standard for the rest of the cast…nothing to write home about. It’s MCU after all, so you can’t expect Oscars…that leaves it up to the script to give the players something to work with.  It just felt like there wasn’t a whole lot there…you can’t make beef stew without meat and potatoes after all. Six points get added to the total.

Plot=7

As Scott is on house arrest after Civil War, he is trying to put Ant-man aside and just be a father. A vision of the sub-atomic universe leads him back to Henry and Hope for help…only to find they have to confront ghosts from their past.  A solid plot..an interesting concept that made for some interesting scenes. I will award seven points here.

Ending=6

I did not love the ending…but it was the mid-credit scene that made the movie for me. If you want to know what happened to Ant-man in Infinity War, you will get your answer. It just kind of overshadowed the end of the movie for me, so I can’t give full points.  Let’s call it six points

Story=7

There were some holes in the story, but it’s MDU. Ant-Man’s story stands on its own and has no real link to any other MCU films. It has a beginning, middle, and end…I didn’t understand the timeline of it until the mid credits scene.  Does it get full points? well no…I felt it needed to play better. So I’ll throw a seven at it.

Favorite Quote, “You put a dime in him, you got to let the whole song play out.”

heroism...to scale

Genre: Fantasy

Imagine=9

Whether it was enlarging a Pez dispenser or shrinking a building to a carry-on, “Ant-man and The Wasp” brings it in the creativity department. Unfortunately, it did not one-up what we’ve already seen…so I could not give it full points.  But nine points is well deserved…please don’t throw a salt shaker at me.

CGI=10

I mean geez…the CGI was amazing here.  I have come to expect it from MCU and this movie delivered in spades.  The constant shift in size made the fight scenes so fun to watch.  For the visuals alone, this movie is worth a watch…ten points for Ravenclaw!!

Pace=6

When I watch a movie like this, I want more of a blistered pace.  “Ant-man and The Wasp” kind of sputtered a bit all the way through…with a couple points where the movie dragged more than I expected.  It was still good, but I can’t give full points for the pace of the film…so six points will be thrown underhanded to the score.

They look just like ants...ha get it?

Sub-genre: Comic Book

Comic=7

I can’t say I’m familiar with the comic and maybe I’m more accustomed to Hank Pym being Ant-man and Wasp being in The Avengers already. That means I cannot give full points…if it is a reboot of the storyline in the comic, then why reboot this and not say, Iron Man? I will give them the benefit of the doubt and award seven points here.

Funny=9

“You can do it…you can do anything…you’re the world’s greatest grandma.” Funny? It’s Paul Rudd and he can’t help but try to be funny.  Michael Pena was good, but he wasn’t as involved on a funny level as the first. In comic book movies, you have to have some levity. The laws of physics are out the window in this world where the very universe is hanging in the balance…please make me laugh. They made me laugh enough to award nine points…thanks!

My Score: 7.7

It’s movies like this that makes me enjoy life.  I never believed that in my lifetime I would be able to watch a live action movie from a comic book the way it needed to be done. It seems that technology has caught up with our imagination and I couldn’t be happier (unless of course, I could be in one of these films…LOL). But alas, I am happy just sitting in the theater, munching on popcorn, drinking a coke zero, and enjoying what I have only pictured on a splash page to be right there in front of me…on an even bigger splash page!

 

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