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.

 

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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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Question of the Week #2

Avengers: Infinity War premieres this weekend. For Episode 2 of my new podcast “Movie Geek & Proud” I will be reviewing the latest entry into the MCU. 

Comment below your favorite MCU movie so far. Tune in for a new episode next Wednesday. 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK 2

My answer is Captain America: Winter Soldier

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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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Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming has a refreshing tone to the superhero genre

“Spider-Man big screen adaptation take 3” *claps clapperboard

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Sony is giving the Spider-Man franchise another go with another semi reboot of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man with the help of Marvel Studios. This time around, Spider-Man has been embedded into the MCU a.k.a Marvel Cinematic Universe. With his brief and scene stealing cameo in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) was introduced and kicked off the start of his involvement into one day becoming an avenger. Up till now, his franchise only has him swinging into crime solving solo, never receiving any assistance with his heroism and now fans get to see him team up with other marvel heroes where he belonged. 

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Movie Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Provides the Tragedy To Vol. 1’s Comedy

The long-awaited sequel to Marvel’s other dysfunctional family is back for Vol. 2 after a three year break. Star-lord, Gamora, and the rest of the gang are back to save the galaxy once again without many noticing this time around solidifying their superhero status and learning more about each other and themselves to be a better team. 

The biggest story comes from Star-lord as he learns the identity of his long lost Father who has been closer than anyone thought. Through his discovery Star-Lord learns more about himself and his origin that will change him forever. Meanwhile, during a botched deal with the alien race The Sovereign, they are also on the run to stay alive from the vengeful leader Ayesha.

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Movie Trailer Reaction: Thor Ragnarok

Cate Blanchett for the MOTHER EFFIN’ WIN!

Just released a few hours ago the anticipated trailer for Thor Ragnarok from Marvel has been released and let me tell you it’s a good teaser. 

Chris Hemsworth is back to dawn the hammer once more and save the day from a female foe this time. Cate Blanchett has checked her Marvel character off of her acting checklist playing Hela, the Asgardian Goddess of Death. She looks great, her outfits are on point. That head piece is everything. She has the look of “Don’t fuck with me” written all over her face in Cap letters when she caught the hammer. She wins MVP on this trailer. Can’t wait to see what she can do.

Along for the ride is the original Thor crew of players, Loki has returned after a short break from MCU. I am so glad to see him back. As far as villains go in the MCU, he is my favorite. Is he friend or foe in this one? Some newcomers have joined as well Like Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, and Tessa Thompson. What I am most interested in is seeing how Dr. Strange is incorporated in this. I heard he was in the movie as well.

This trailer brought on the action, the music made it more exciting and that closing scene with the reveal of the Hulk was Epic. Laughed so hard. Just see for yourself. Trailer down below.

 

Anyone else excited to see Thor: Ragnarok? Comment below and share your thoughts on the trailer in the comments.