Well, I got the chance to see Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, and I’ll be honest, I did not like the movie. This film is the beginning of Phase 5 of the MCU, and it’s off to a rocky start. I have many problems with this movie, but I’ll do my best to keep it spoiler-free. Yeah, I did not expect to start my review like this.
Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne are back with a whole new adventure as Ant-Man and The Wasp. When they had a family get together with Hope’s parents Janet Van Dyne and Hank Pym , and Scott’s daughter Cassie Lang, a turn of events has lead them to the Quantum Realm. While in the Quantum Realm, they’ll find new discoveries and meet the brand new threat of the MCU, Kang the Conqueror. This journey will push everyone to their limits and do whatever they can to get back home.
I did not like how the story was written at all. The film had a pretty solid start, but it just derails as the story progresses. One of my big complaints is how the tone kept on shifting and didn’t know what it wanted to be. With the way the film was marketed, you would assume that this was going to be a serious plot, but nope. A lot of the new characters that were introduced are all forgettable and didn’t even add nothing, especially Bill Murray’s character.
Kang the Conqueror, played by Johnathan Majors, carried the film. Every time he was on the screen, that’s when the film is at its strongest. You would assume that the movie had two different stories with how out of place things were every time when Kang was on the screen and was not. To be blunt, Kang should’ve been introduced in a different movie because this was not it at all. Also, MODOK was just terrible and a complete waste of time.
The only other thing I liked about the film was the some of the lore. I think the nuggets we were getting that is leading to Avengers: Secret Wars was cool. Stuff like that makes me look forward to the future of the MCU. Other than that, I got nothing else to say regarding the story of Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.
I’ll give my cast highlights for Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania. Paul Rudd is still great as Scott Lang! Regardless how I felt about the movie, Paul Rudd just continues to be awesome as the character. Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang was cool to see. Kathryn is a nice addition to the MCU, and I can’t wait to see what she’ll do in the future. Johnathan Majors is just too good as Kang the Conqueror. Johnathan being the next MCU big bad is one of the best castings Marvel Studios has done, and what he showed in this movie, this man is going to give us a goldmine of incredible acting.
I felt like the rest of the cast wasn’t given a better opportunity to shine. Some of the delivery and other scenes felt bland, silly, or a waste of time. Again, I’m not going to blame the cast for this because the film was a mess.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania has its good and bad moments when it came to the visuals. Sometimes the VFX looked off, and it looked like maybe the film should’ve just been a Disney+ series. But, there are times when the film looked really good that’ll make my jaw drop. It’s a mix bag for sure, and it’s noticeable. I will say some of the cinematography as well looked good too, especially towards the third act of the film.
Some of the character designs and costumes worked for me. Seeing Kang’s look in action was worth it. Also, loved seeing all the different species throughout the film, it felt unique every time they appeared on screen. I wasn’t disappointed when it came to it. I also enjoyed the score. The music had some great moments that tried to make the film work.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania was not a solid start to Phase 5 at all, and I left the theater disappointed. A lot of the stuff in this movie just clashed or didn’t work at all. I’m still pumped to see where we’ll see Kang next in the MCU and other things leading up to Secret Wars. Just like what the great Stan Lee once said “Enough said.”
Watch Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania if you want.