I caught this movie last week, and enjoyed it.
That’s really about it. I missed Ant-Man on the big screen because (despite being proven wrong at every turn by Marvel’s initially crazy-looking and can’t-possibly-succeed risks) I thought it looked a bit dubious. But it was really darn good, and funny.
Well, Ant-Man and the Wasp was also darn good, and funny. Was it really darn good? Eh. It was alright. I think, if and when I get it on Blu-ray, I’ll wind up concluding that it wouldn’t have been a tragedy if I’d missed it on the big screen and just saw it on Blu-ray. It wasn’t a tragedy that I did the same with Ant-Man, but it was still unfortunate.
What am I saying?
It was pretty good. I had plenty of chuckles, and the little family dramas – Ant-Man and his daughter; Pym and Hope and their lost wife/mother respectively; and even the more troubled family units of Ava (aka. Ghost), and the Ex-Con team – were all very touching and nicely played. Some great performances, and nice scripting.
Great special effects, as always. I have already ranted about the annoyingly narrative-convenient use of relative mass and strength, and apparently “Pym Particles” answers this question. Whatever. When the lab building expanded back to normal size right there on the waterfront, the whole thing still should have collapsed because the area had not been constructed to support a high-rise building. Still, for the most part I can let it pass. I think the reason I was more snagged on the inconsistencies this time around was because the plot and script were maybe a little less compelling. I was less distracted.
 Look, you can either kick a normal-sized human in the head hard enough to make him do a backflip, or you can ride on a flying ant. You don’t get to do both.
The Quantum Realm and all those scenes – in counterpoint – were great. I know there were issues there too, what with breathing air and stuff like that, but I didn’t care. I didn’t care because those scenes were visually and emotionally great. And I had to have a laugh at the idea that they were just putting “quantum” in front of words to make them sound impressive. That was a shameless lift from The Final Fall of Man.
Speaking of shameless lifts … look out, it’s tardigrades again!
Solidly entertaining, and – of course – provides a great little link-up to Infinity War and how Ant-Man is going to play into the next ensemble. It was a perfectly serviceable sequel.
That’s it. That’s my review. I give this movie an Iron Man 2 out of a possible Thor: Ragnarök.