Ant-Man and The Wasp Review

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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.

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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.

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Picture via IGN.com

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.

 

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Moviegeekrob’s Reviews: Solo, Life of the Party, and Tully

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?

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Upgrade is That Fun One-Off Movie You Need in Your Life Every Couple of Years

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Grey Trace played by Logan Marshall-Green. picture via pajiba.com

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:

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Avengers: Infinity War Review

Welcome back movie geeks. I am sure you have seen or read so many entries, reviews, tweets, post regarding this movie and it’s only Day 1, well Day 1 ½ if you were like me and saw this movie Thursday night. So to try and separate myself from other articles, this review is from an entertainment perspective from the point of view of an average movie goer. Spoiler Free.

If you were me, you know that you have went through 18 movies in 10 yrs old for this moment that it all comes together. Literally, almost all the superheroes we met in so far appeared in the film to band together and take down the biggest villain they have all faced and that is Thanos. The latest adversary has been hinted throughout the 3 Phases we have had introducing each member of the Avengers and Thanos’s plan to wipe away the universe once he collects 6 infinity stones. So the question I want to address is does this movie live up to the hype?

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Rampage The Movie (2018) Review

Remember the day when you saw a trailer and it seemed that Will Smith was starring in it. Action, Drama, Comedy, you name it he was in it. Then, you blink and all of a sudden every movie is starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. To quote a friend of mine, “Every time you go see a movie starring The Rock, there’s a preview for another movie starring The Rock.”

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“KING KONG AIN’T GOT NOTHING ON ME!” picture via digitaltrends.com

I gotta say, that is exactly what happened to me over the past weekend when I went to go see the latest video game to film adaptation, Rampage, in theatres. While watching the trailers to this film, I witnessed another film starring The Rock called Skyscraper. I have mixed feelings about that one but it has Neve Campbell on the big screen again so take my money. We are not talking about Skyscraper, we are talking about Rampage, the latest action adventure popcorn movie loosely based on the video game about oversized animals demolishing a city in its path while trying to destroy each other. To bring it to the big screen, you need to have some humans involved to develop a story and The Rock stars as  primatologist Davis, whose best friend is a rare albino gorilla named George who is infected with a toxin that causes him and two other animals into giant aggressive killing machines. With the help of a Geneticist Kate (Naomie Harris) they hope to find a cure and stop these animals from wreaking havoc.

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Ready Player One is Pure Escapism

One of the most anticipated movies of 2018 has finally arrived and I had the pleasure of seeing Steven Spielberg’s latest film. This film, based on a novel by Ernest Cline of the same name,  is a geek’s dream. Everything from nostalgia, video games, Easter Eggs, action, comedy, wonders, and of course, escapism was the ingredients provided in this stew of blockbuster fun. I enjoyed just about every minute of this movie because I was given something visually to look at the whole time. The story we have seen before but it’s being paired with likable characters, light-hearted tone, and an execution that just allows you to watch and have fun for a while.

I know I have said this before and I feel I have to say it again just for transparency, that this review is coming from someone who hasn’t read the book yet. After seeing it, this is one film adaptation I wouldn’t mind reading the source material from. Spielberg definitely still has the mightiest touch to bring us a nice popcorn movie for all ages and I do mean that. Yes, the geek and the proud benefit more from this flick but I think anyone with a slight interest in this story may enjoy it. Especially parents with children will benefit from this film. Listening to a friend of mine say that his son thought it was the best movie he had seen to date, says a lot about the films that this latest generation of kids gets to witness.

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4/20 Massacre Review

The horror genre has used the holidays as a platform and theme for the stories that need to be told. Christmas and Halloween being the dominant two used to give us a scare.  Did you ever think that you would ever see a movie based on a holiday that celebrates marijuana? The date April 20th is known as the day for marijuana a.k.a. weed enthusiast to celebrate their favorite pastime which is to smoke. The code “420” is usually referred to as weed. This is why on the day April 20th has now become an unofficial holiday.

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Which will survive this in the end?

Director Dylan Reynolds has decided to cash in on that and create a movie surrounding the joyous day. 4/20 Massacre involves 6 women, all friends, who decide to go camping and celebrate the birthday of Jess (Jamie Bernadette), whose birthday just so happens to be on April 20th, and she doesn’t even smoke weed. During their journey they stumble upon illegal marijuana grow operation which is guarded by a dark force that will protect it at all cost.

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