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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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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.

 

Deadpool 2 Review

Keep in mind folks that this spoiler free review will be from the mind of someone who doesn’t follow the comic book lore that well and has only experience this character through the first installment of the franchise. I had a lot of laughs from Deadpool 2 but there was just something missing from it that I can’t put my finger on that would make this a better movie than the first. With all the Deadpool reviews via blog post, podcast, websites, etc. I am sure you have heard in great length how this movie pans out to fans if it’s a good follow up from the first. I am late to the game and I saw this movie right when it was released last Friday. Seeing as Deadpool back in 2016 was my favorite movie of that year, this sequel had a lot to live up to.

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“Hey, eyes down here buddy.” picture via thewrap.com

The sequel, from Director David Leitch with writing team including Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, is very clever this time around regarding the story. If you all remember from the first one, the story and its lead character, Deadpool played by Ryan Reynolds, is bat shit crazy. Given its Rated R status, basically they could have done almost anything they wanted. This time they actually gave you a story and some character development. I honestly didn’t think that was possible but Deadpool actually went through some growth while deciding to protect a young mutant with lethal powers from a futuristic time traveler Cable, who has come back to kill him before he can become the deadly killer he is destined to be. To pass the torch of the franchise along, Deadpool has decided to put together a team of heroes to help him save this young boys life and continue the franchise afterwards. You are also perplexed as to who the villain of the film actually is. I found that to be very interesting but for some, because it wasn’t clear in the film could translate to a sloppy unorganized script. I actually didn’t mind that it wasn’t as cut and dry. It fit into the overall message of the story so it worked for me. There is also a surprised character that pops up that I didn’t see coming at all and I liked it.

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Movie Geek & Proud – Ep.2/Avengers: Infinity War

My 2nd episode has been posted. Thank you to everyone who listened to my first episode last week. Remember, a new episode releases every Wednesday. 

This episode is a full review with spoilers on the movie Avengers: Infinity War take a listen and comment with your thoughts on the episode and on the movie. Subscribe to be notified of future episodes and enjoy while my friend Nick and I discuss the film and share our thoughts, opinions, and theories regarding the film and the fate of The Avengers. 

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Thank you so much for listening and subscribing. Make sure to rate and comment on the podcast app you are listening to and see you at the movies. 

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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Black Panther Scores Another Home Run for Marvel

In case you haven’t noticed, Marvel’s 18th live-action MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), Black Panther was released President’s Day weekend and has exceeded well above the already popular expectation this movie was going to deliver. From box office numbers, to breaking barriers, and even showing the world that a predominant black cast can bring people to the theatre, this film has proven there is still room for different kinds of storytelling in filmmaking.

Okay, so I am a little late to the game in writing my review. By now, you have probably seen this movie once, twice, maybe even three times to catch every bit of wonderful this movie has brought to most of the world. I myself have only seen it twice. I say only because I think I have another itch to see it just one more time, just in case I missed something from my other viewings. From the many articles already released in favor of this movie, what exactly can I add to the table that you already don’t know?

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Film Review -Thor: Ragnarok

It took a total of four additional years since Thor: The Dark World for Thor to catch up with Iron Man and Captain America by adding a third solo movie to the MCU. Between the three members of The Avengers, Thor’s solo movies just continue to get better and more entertaining. Since the first installment, Thor (2011), those movies had a lot of growing up to do. Compared to the rest of the MCU the first two Thor movies are very low in the ranks but what has improved with each one is that Chris Hemsworth continues to get better with his comedic chops and his surrounding world becomes more interesting.

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Ragnarok involves Thor going back to Asgard to deal with a prophecy he had a vision about in Avengers: Age Of Ultron and learns about Loki’s last mischievous behavior and the whereabouts of Odin. From there he has to deal with the people of Asgard becoming instinct with the arrival of a new villain Hela, played by the amazing Cate Blanchet. She has a bone to pick with Odin and Asgard and she is a force to be reckoned with. Before Thor can deal with her he has to escape a planet he was sent to that captures strong warriors and uses them to fight each other for entertainment to the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

Director Taika Waititi, who directed What We Do In The Shadows, brings us one of the funniest installments and probably one of the top five in the entire MCU. The hype definitely adds up from all the advertising you have seen leading up to its release this weekend. Thor movies have a lot more pressure I believe than the rest of The Avengers when you think about it. While still intertwined in the main story with a few lines and references in the overall story, the plot usually is very separate and distance from the main mission that rarely effects the whole scheme of things. With that being said, Thor is no longer an origin story anymore so having a plot that has to do more with him and Asgard instead of driving the story further like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War. With Ragnarok, we finally got a Thor movie that not only connects more to the overall story but has set up some groundwork to a lot to look forward to.

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