Movie Review – Ant-Man and the Wasp

When leaving the theater my overall feeling was that I liked the movie — I gave it an 8.8/10 in the RunPee User Poll — but the more I think about it, the less I like it.

What I liked
The movie had plenty of funny moments and the action was decent. Actually, the action had most of the humor. And the father-daughter relationship scenes are heartwarming. The relationship dynamics between Scott, Hope, and Dr. Pym works really well. There’s conflict and regret, along with trust and support. The creators did a great job in that department and should have expanded on it.

The quantum realm stuff was pretty cool. I love that they included a scene with tardigrades. (Tiny animals in the cellular world.)

It was also a nice touch how the quantum probe they built got smaller in quantum jumps. Meaning, it didn’t get gradually smaller, it got smaller in discrete steps:  quantum.

(There’s a common misconception that quantum equals small. That’s not necessarily true. If you could travel in quantum jumps it would mean you would go from one place to another without traversing the space in between. That quantum jump could be a micrometer or kilometer.)

What I don’t like
I think the problem is, overall the MCU movies have done a great job building a believable unbelievable universe. What I mean is, we accept the existence of Infinity Stones, and that all of them united in a gauntlet can give the wearer unfathomable power at the snap of their fingers. Most of the technology is fantastical, but we buy it because it works in the story. However, in Ant-Man and the Wasp there are a lot of inconsistencies I find annoying the more I think about them.

For instance: when Scott is gigantic we find out he has trouble breathing. He says at one point, “The air feels chunky,” and then passes out. That’s a great limitation on the technology. I can totally accept that when he’s big he has difficulty absorbing normal sized oxygen atoms when he breathes. It’s a nice nod to the realism of the physics/biology involved. But then they totally ignore that principle when the ants are enlarged. It’s like the creators want us to think that Scott has a limit, but it doesn’t apply to the ants. I’m totally okay with breaking the laws of physics/biology to create a story. But once a limit is introduced, the story should stay consistent to it. That’s just a pet peeve of mine.

By the way, if you’re interested in the physics/biology of animal sizes I highly recommend these videos by Kurzgesagt. (If you’re unfamiliar with Kurzgesagt, then you may thank me later for introducing you to them.)

What Happens If We Throw an Elephant From a Skyscraper? Life & Size 1

How to Make an Elephant Explode with Science – The Size of Life 2

And that’s not even the worst part. My biggest gripe of the movie is the Ghost sub-plot that just fell way short of Marvel’s standards. I hate to say it, but the acting by Hannah John-Kamen in some of the scenes was the worst acting in any Marvel movie to date. I can’t solely blame the actress. I think the directing had a lot to do with it.

Besides the bad acting, the Ghost sub-plot felt like a forced drama to make the plot more difficult than it needed to be. And if that wasn’t enough, we get the technology arms dealer Sonny that convoluted the drama even more. At least the Sonny character adds a dash of humor.

If I were asked to place this movie somewhere in the MCU oeuvre, I’d say it belongs somewhere in the bottom 3rd.

Grade: C+

And now, the long wait until March 8, 2019 when Captain Marvel comes out.

Peetimes:

Finding good Peetimes was pretty easy for this movie. There were long establishing shots that were very easy to summarize.

The first and third Peetimes are the best. I only made the second Peetime an *emergency* Peetime because the story jumps between 4 distinct scenes, making the synopsis longer than I’d like.

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12 Replies to “Movie Review – Ant-Man and the Wasp”

  1. lol, I think a tardigrades are super already. They’ve survived everything we can throw at them. Even being left unprotected in space, freezing for thousands of years. They’ve even found tardigrades in lava. Okay, it was only super hot mud lava, but still.

    1. Tardigrades are like Wolverine and Deadpool. 😀

      I remember seeing them under microscopes in school. They really don’t look like bears, but I can get the gist of it. I wonder if they exist in the frozen waters of the ice caps. I could go look this up.

      Back to Ant Man – I am really hoping to like it. I like to let go and laugh (as long as the science isn’t too badly screwed up). Actually, as you mentioned elsewhere, I can forgive a lot if they stay true to their own world -building rules. That really shouldn’t be too hard. If their writers are even close to being fans, it should all fall into place naturally, instead of having the plot needs drive the narrative.

  2. I enjoyed the movie, but completely agree with PolyGeek concerning the Ghost character; her acting was not up to the standards set by previous MCU flicks, plus the character didn’t generate any emotions for me as a viewer.

    1. I’m excited to see what her role is – wasn’t able to glean that from the trailers. Good, bad? A little bit of both?

      Speaking of breathing, polyGeek, if growing large makes it difficult, shrinking to the sub atomic would make that impossible. Do the helmets s have pressurized air systems?

      Overthinking it, as I do.

    2. Yes Ma’am. I agree with you. The ghost character detracted from the overall movie. They should have left her part out.

  3. Wow, this is one of the best reviews I’ve ever read. You were so concise about every aspect of the movie. It felt like I was watching it all over again.

  4. I wanted to add that the reason Cassini was tossed into Saturn was to prevent a potential issue of contaminating possible life on a place like Enceldadus (one of Saturn’s moons ). with….TARDIGRADES.

    Yes. I learned that in person from the Cosmos panel at Comic Con this year (2018) with Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

    To make sure I heard this right (that pond organisms can survive a trip on Cassini), I double checked on Cosmos Magazine — https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/why-planetary-protection-meant-cassini-had-to-die

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