FILM FANS: Funny ‘Ant-man and The Wasp’ comes up big

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Laurel Grams, Lawrenceville

3 out of 4 stars

Pass

This movie was entertaining and fun. The special effects were even better then the first “Ant-Man.” It was also nice to have a more lighthearted Marvel movie after the darker and more emotional “Avengers “movie in May.

Fail

Too many of the size gags were shown in the trailers so I wasn’t surprised by them. I also didn’t find there was much new in the story. It wasn’t boring it just didn’t feel as fresh as the first movie. The bad guy wasn’t anything special and I didn’t feel like the fate of the world hung in the balance because of them.

Who delivered a standout performance and why?

Paul Rudd is great as Scott Lang/Ant-Man. He is such an Everyman and makes superherodom seem attainable for the average person. He seems like he’s having a good time in the part and is just glad to be invited to the Marvel party.

Fans of what genre would most enjoy this movie?

Obviously, if you are a fan of the Marvel universe, you won’t want to miss this one. It does tie back to “Civil War” and “Infinity War.” The latter doesn’t happen until the first end credit scene, but there is a connection. If you didn’t see the first Ant-Man movie I would watch it first. If you enjoy that then you will enjoy this second installment.

Go see it in theaters or wait for the Blu-ray?

Because people are notorious for spoiling Marvel movies I would see it in theaters. Also, the special effects are definitely the kind that look better on the big screen. The movie is definitely matinee price worthy.

Overall impression

I had fun watching the movie. It made me laugh and the story didn’t drag out. I look forward to seeing more from Evangeline Lily as the Wasp. Is it my favorite Marvel movie? Not even close. This movie falls somewhere in the middle of the Marvel list, but it is a great distraction from the summer heat and a nice breather from enormity of “Infinity War.”

Tim Weekley, Suwanee

3 out of 4 stars

Pass

Very good casting and acting; lots of LOL situations and plenty of witty lines; chock-full of action; excellent CGI.

Fail

Film direction could be a bit tighter, but overall “Ant-Man and the Wasp” delivers some great action and lots of laughs.

Who delivered a standout performance, and why?

Paul Rudd is very good as he reprises his titular role from 2015’s original “Ant-Man” and that character’s appearances in other Marvel flicks. However, Evangeline Lilly (from TV’s “Lost”) is even better as Hope van Dyne, a.k.a. the Wasp, as the movie really focuses more on the background and development of her character. Michael Douglas returns in good form as Dr. Hank Pym, the brains behind both Ant-Man and the Wasp. Michael Pena is hilarious once again as Luis, and Walton Goggins is very good as sinister-but-goofy arms dealer Sonny Burch. A nice performance as well is turned in by newcomer Hannah John-Kamen as new villainess Ghost.

Fans of what genre would most enjoy this movie?

Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans will of course love “Ant-Man and the Wasp” especially since it brings some much-needed levity to the franchise in the aftermath of the recent “Infinity War” downer from earlier this year.

Go see it in theaters or wait for the Blu-ray?

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is very good entertainment value at your local picture show, and no doubt will be downloaded/rented many times in coming months via Netflix and Redbox.

Overall impression

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is a laugh-riot during much of its screen time, and I think it’s the funniest thing MCU has turned out to date. However, the seriousness of the story line isn’t lost one bit as it relates to other MCU characters and their stories. There’s even a nice tie-in to “Infinity War” as the end credits begin to roll, and a few Easter eggs for hardcore MCU fans to spot throughout the film. Overall, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is proof that the Marvel juggernaut is still hitting on all cylinders and will be formidable at the box office for a long time to come.

Robi McGarvey, Lawrenceville

3 out of 4 stars

Pass

The most successful aspect to me was the jaw-dropping action with the sci-fi elements mixed in.

Fail

The least successful aspect was the dialogue, some of which felt overly-simplistic to the point of childishness.

Who delivered a standout performance and why?

Michael Peña wins best performer for me. He may not have had as many lines as Paul Rudd, but he made them count and shined at what he does best: funny, witty dialogue. He even spewed out a five-minute-long monologue, and the fact that no one in the theater seemed to lose interest says a lot about his skill as a performer.

Fans of what genre would most enjoy this movie?

Fans of sci-fi films would enjoy this movie the most. Its focus on shrinking and the so-called “quantum realm” is fascinating: seeing tardigrades surround a shrunken ship, threatening to attack one of the characters, is a sure delight for fans of this genre.

Go see it in theaters or wait for the Blu-ray?

This movie is worth seeing in theaters. Its stunning action sequences, immersive, psychedelic settings, and comedic moments are best experienced on the big screen.

Overall impression

This is a very good film. It’s hilarious and lighthearted while at the same time containing a layer of much-needed depth and maintaining a feeling that something drastic is at stake, not only for the heroes but also for the main villain whose plight is easy to sympathize with. What keeps this movie from being truly exceptional is the mediocre dialogue between the characters that sometimes descends into non-sensical stupidity and feels lazy and cliché.

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