The Stream: A bit corny and rushed.
The Big Screen: A few good laughs and action sequences with amazing costumes, CGI and artistry.
The Final Bill: Visually nice movie on the big screen but a bit corny.– S2S: Movie Review
Director: Peyton Reed
Writers: Jack Kirby, Jeff Loveness (screenplay)
Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Runtime: 1 hour 58 minutes
Production Companies: Marvel Studios, Truenorth Productions, Walt Disney Pictures
Platform: Released in theaters February 17, 2023 and Disney+ in about 45 days
Notable Trailers: Super Mario Bros Movie, Air: Courting A Legend, John Wick: Chapter 4, The Flash, Fast X, Elemental, Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3
Welcome back, Streamers, to this quantum realm version of Stream To Big Screen! This weekend Marvel released its third film on the little hero with a big heart, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. And, child, there is some mania going on here. If you’ve missed the previous two Ant-Man movies, this edition follows up with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd/Ant-Man) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly, The Wasp), along with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), as they are forced to explore the Quantum Realm again. This time they find it’s not as barren as previously thought, and they end up interacting with strange creatures and embarking on an adventure that goes beyond the limits of what they previously thought was possible. Oh yeah, they run into Kang the Conqueror as well. Let’s see how it goes.
Needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway, this is an MCU movie and it obviously should be viewed on a big screen. How much should we pay for that is the question? Here, we’re on the back of two successful movies, even if not primary characters of the MCU. The most successful parts of the movie are the CGI, created characters and general realm. The small package delivers big time with those features. Honestly, if you go to Avatar just for the visuals, Quantamania definitely can can follow suit. We’ve seen space creatures previously in the MCU but they took it up in imagination for this one.
Next to that, you know from the Ant-man genre, they are going to bring the laughs. Here there are definitely a few good laughs, but unfortunately, some moments meant to be laughs just felt corny. Even worse was the fact that they kept harping on one particular joke until the end and it never really worked from the beginning. To this point, I felt the movie lost a bit of its heart or character. It felt more like another MCU-movie instead of an Ant-Man movie. We miss you Michael Pena and TI! Anyway, that issue might also have been due to wrong edits selected or what I felt was a rushed storyline. The movie overall didn’t feel rushed but something about the pacing just made it feel thrown together. Was I unprepared, or were they? Who knows, but I kept feeling it. Nevertheless, the cast as a whole were very good, even the annoying daughter who unfortunately we’re likely to see more of based on the thought of a Young Avengers movie coming to us in the years to come. You’ll definitely think M.O.D.O.K and Jonathan Majors steal the movie. Paul Rudd was regular except one pretty emotional scene that you’re bound to enjoy.
Long story short, Ant-Man and the The Wasp: Quantamania is a solid and visually stunning movie with a rushed set up that makes the plot a bit average. Viewers will be fully entertained either by action or by the corny comedy but won’t be truly wowed by the film compared to other movies in the universe. The MCU is falling victim to the Netflix virus, too much content too soon. The movie is enjoyable, but it felt like it was missing some of the previous movies’ heart. Obviously, see this on the big screen at any price, but you’ll be glad you saved a few bucks with the matinee.