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Movie Review – Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

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Quantumania: unfortunately, I’m underwhelmed after so much build-up to getting on track with the main storyline, post-Thanos.

Ant-Man isn’t the mightiest Avenger, but he was the MVP of Endgame, and his previous solo films were a ton of fun. I’m visiting our UK correspondent Rob Williams in Liverpool — and we found some great Peetimes — but it wasn’t that hard to do because the movie lost something after the first quarter-mark in the Quantum Realm.

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This outing is certainly not bad or a waste of time. If you’re a big Marvel fan this deserves the large-screen treatment. Important things do happen, and this is probably Ant-Man’s last solo effort.

Marvel Is Usually Better

I’m giving this a B grade, Marvel-wise. Quantumania should have had more humor and some quiet interim scenes, especially among the family. This was a full-on gallop: poorly paced and exhausting. I know Marvel can fill up a three-hour run-time and not waste a single second, but I was barely amused or enthralled, which doesn’t bode well for our favorite Ant.

By the middle of the film, the ‘bizarre” stuff wasn’t as good as the wonderfully wacky things we saw in Spider-Man: Far From Home and Dr. Strange 2: The Multiverse of Madness. It wasn’t as creative as it should have been. There was a lot of filler for a relatively short MCU movie (it’s around two hours). There were many repetitive fights that didn’t use the Pym tech much at all…especially after the superior Ant-Man 1 and 2 fight scenes. The first two films are definitely worth a rewatch before you catch the third.

It seemed like Quantumania was mostly a set-up for the post Thanos Big Bad we’ve been waiting for. I’m keeping this vague in case you don’t know who this is.

(BTW, stick around to the very end because the extra scenes are important, and one is very fun.)

How Not To Do Greenscreen

The amount of greenscreen in Quantumania actually gave me a headache! I’ve never experienced that before. I feel bad for the actors because every scene, barring the framing device, was Paul Rudd and Co interacting with, well, nothing. I’m not sure what happened here exactly, because the Guardians of the Galaxy movies were largely green-screened, but the humor and heart (and incredible creativity) made me very happy and smiley. Same as with Thor: Ragnarok, with great fun and immense talent among the wild visuals.

So, while the ball has finally dropped on the big arc, Quantumania still felt like filler. Not bad stuff compared to some other big franchises, and a B is a good grade comparatively, but after my recent Ant-Man marathon I definitely expected better. I miss Thanos.

Grade: B

About The Peetimes: Jilly and Rob just saw Quantumania and came up with 4 good Peetimes. The 1st two are recommended. This is a fast-paced movie, but a lot of scenes are repetitive, making finding Peetimes relatively easy.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

Rated: (PG-13) Violence/Action | Language
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors
Director: Peyton Reed
Writer(s): Jack Kirby, Jeff Loveness
Language: English
Country: United States

Plot
The further adventures of Ant-Man and the Wasp.

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4 responses to “Movie Review – Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”

  1. Rob Williams Avatar
    Rob Williams

    Excellent review, Jilly!

    I have to admit that, for me, the bast part of this was getting to sit next to Jill while it played. I thought it was going to follow the humour, heart, and creativity I’d seen in the other Ant-Man films.

    Sadly there was way more heart, humour, and creativity in the Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 3 trailer!

    Was it a bad film? No. It just wasn’t what I’d thought was going to be coming for the opening of Phase 5.

  2. I agree with your review a lot, but I’d give this a C+. This quote really sums it up “I was barely amused or enthralled”.

  3. Morris Gavant Avatar
    Morris Gavant

    I agree with the B rating. It’s time to let a villain win. It’s also time for Marvel to get back to having protagonists with similar ambiguous emotions, motives, and morals of their usually more interesting antagonists.

  4. Jill, Rob, and other posters~
    AGREED! There were so many missed opportunities to add that special humor we get from our far, far away favorites, and those we did get seemed to be a bit stale or too repetitive. While the “green screen” apparently doesn’t affect me (thank goodness because there was a lot), characters, especially main ones, wasting my time do — and there are a couple in this one.

    It would’ve been a C+ for me, but, Jill, I read your post imploring your readers to watch the last episode or two of Loki and I’M SO GLAD I DID!! Thank you!

    Because of watching Loki (and the post-watch video Dan posted), this is a B- movie for me with much anticipation for what’s ahead!

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