One of the most anticipated movies of the year has finally been released. Just from the trailer, to the buzz from critics and audiences, and of course the plot has everyone intrigued with what is so special about Sorry to Bother You. Let’s not forget that it stars one of the best up and coming actors in the game right now and that’s Lakeith Stanfield. Stanfield has been blowing up with is performances in last year’s Get Out and while not critically acclaimed movie, his performance in Netflix’s Death Note was great. How did his performance and this latest film from Director Boots Riley turn out to be?
Coming off of an emotionally draining Avengers: Infinity Wars film, Marvel decided to lift our spirits once again 3 mos. later with its latest entry into the MCU. This is perfect timing seeing as the last film ended on a sorrow note. Ant-Man and the Wasp is a great solution to turn our frowns upside down because not only is Ant-man a great action hero but Ant-Man, a.k.a. Scott Lang, a.k.a. Paul Rudd is funny as hell. These two films concentrate more on the comedy and fun so far and Ant-Man and the Wasp doesn’t disappoint in that category.
Scott Lang is coming to the end of his punishment for the actions he took going to Germany and helping Cap during Civil War. Sentence to house arrest and not to use the suit again he has taken fatherhood to the next level and is playing by the rules to make sure to have a life with his daughter. Hope and Hank have also suffered from Lang’s actions are on the run as they cannot afford to give up their tech and secrets. Overlapping with the events of Infinity Wars, we found out what Lang had to deal with during that time. Anew threat has risen, someone from the past has a chance to be saved, and Ant-Man has a new partner and she is BAD ASS.
I will admit, when the film started, it felt a little off. I really enjoyed the opening sequence but just playing catch up with what has been going on with Lang and the others was a little weird. That doesn’t last long when we finally see Hope Pym (Evangeline Lilly) put on the suit and start kicking butt as she was meant to be. With her added to the superhero gig now, the action has been amped up compared to the first installment. Great choreography and visuals you would expect from a Marvel film are at play here and I liked every bit of it.
The comedy is great too. Paul Rudd continues to charm us with his goofy and sometimes sarcastic antics we know from Rudd. He still demonstrates that he belongs in this franchise and universe as our favorite cat burglar. Michael Pena, who stole the show as Luis in the first film, is back who is also with the straight and narrow going legit and trying to start a new company. He shows up more through this film and it was the right move.
What I didn’t expect was another central storyline to take over the entire plot. This is not a bad thing but I just expected there to be more to what happened between infinity war and now. You will see what I mean when you watch the film. The villain of the story, Ghost, played by Hannah John-Kamen, I am still thinking more about but I think overall, she is on top of the villain list in the MCU. She means of madness is not as trope or cliché that you come to expect and I think that gives her a one up over most of the evil doers that we are use to seeing from these movies.
Bottom line this is a great sequel and follow up to the previous one. It’s funnier, more action, bigger theatrics, and each character know matter big or small are likable. During my viewing of the movie I noticed a bit of foreshadowing tidbits that we could expect in Avengers 4. Also, if you have seen any TV spots for this movie, they talk about an ending that will rock your world. Trust that it delivers. Please for the love of the Almighty Thanos, don’t get up from your seat. Stay through the credits. I am still seeing people leave the theatre right when the credits pop up and with this being the 19th entry, I think people should know by now there is always something during the credits. This time its worth seeing. This isn’t a perfect MCU movie but Ant-Man and the Wasp continues to shine and also standalone among the rest establishing their light-hearted tone while amplifying the action some thought the first one lacked.
4 ½ out of 5
I will continue this discussion on Ep. 14 of my podcast Movie Geek & Proud. I will be joined by two friends to geek out and discuss this latest comic book adventure and talk all things Ant-Man and the Wasp. Make sure to follow me on twitter @mgnppodcast for updates and subscribe to my podcast on your favorite app you enjoy listening to your favorite shows. Thank you as always for reading this review.
Instead of a trilogy, The Purge is now officially a franchise. Surpassing the trilogy milestone, Blumhouse Productions has decided to give us an origin to the dangerous and violent phenomenon we have become a part of since 2013 when the first film was released. This franchise continues to grow with each installment feeling more closer and closer to the real thing and stepping out of the horror fantastical world it has created. Advertised and promoted as an anti-Trump film from the poster of his orange/red hat “making America great again” to a lot of the themes in the films, using the purge as a device to control the population and also thin the numbers to the low income and ethnic population in the U.S. Now comes the question, do we like that these movies are speaking more towards social and economic commentary or would we like to keep it as a fictional tale showcasing a world that is nowhere near our future for entertainment value?
14 yrs. of anticipation, curiosity, hope, that director Brad Bird would give us another movie featuring one of the best superhero families ever: The Incredible family. Ever since the first film, The Incredibles¸ we were introduced to a new kind of superhero as well as a new kind of Pixar film. The Incredibles back in 2004 was the first Pixar movies to feature humans as the main stars of the film. Like most of the Pixar films, we fell in love with the unique and creative characters of Robert Parr/Mr. Incredible, Helen Parr/Elastigirl, Violet Parr, Dashiell (Dash) Parr, and Jack – Jack. Who can forget the best designer with no patience for nonsense, Edna Mode (voice by Brad Bird). Here we are, the sequel has arrived and was it worth the 14 yrs. wait?
Playing a little catch up on here, I wanted to combine a few movies I have seen in the past couple of weeks and keep the momentum going on my entertainment scale for critiquing movies. I have heard mix reviews of all three titles I plan to write about in this post and that is Life of the Party, Solo, and Tully. As I saw each film I was already with expectations of what I will see and with one of them a twist. Sometimes that can change how you watch a film and also the final verdict. So how did these movies pan out?
I had the pleasure of attending the L.A. premiere of the latest sci-fi/horror/action movie Upgrade written and directed by Leigh Whannell. It was nice to be able to watch this film on the big screen with the cast and crew of the film as well as other eager fans who couldn’t wait to watch this unique storytelling combined with heavy exhilarating action. This film exceeded expectations and it wasn’t until after I left that I realized I needed this movie in my life more than I thought.
Mostly known for his writing Whannell has been involved in some of the genre changing film in the past decade. Whether its acting, writing, or directing, he has been a part of the horror genre with Saw and the Insidious Franchise as well as writing smaller titles like Dead Silence and horror comedy Cooties, which I think everyone should check out. Now on his second director/writer project after Insidious: Chapter 3 comes the techno/thriller Upgrade, a story set in a Dystopian future where technology is used to complete normal and mundane task but also serve as a solution in preventing or stopping crime in a timely matter. A man who has been paralyzed after a brutal mugging is given the opportunity to walk and take revenge on those who did this to him with the help of a new piece of technology that hasn’t been used on another human being. With his new-found ability to walk along with the help of an AI that enhances his body, he sets out to get justice for what has happened to him.
I know what you are thinking, what is unique about this film. It’s basically Robocop, The Crow, or any other revenge movie out there. Fair enough, doesn’t mean the format doesn’t work if you give it just a little twist. This is what stood out for me in this movie: