Day 336: Ehnt-Man and the Whysp (These Titles are Clever, I Promise)

Directed By: Peyton Reed
Written By: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly
Run Time: 1 Hour 58 Minutes
Release Date: July 6th, 2018
Link to IMDb

Why is it that the Ant-Man movies are always released right after an Avengers movie? Do they think anything to follow those are doomed to flop, so they slap together a sacrificial lamb? Is Ant-Man going to forever be the martyr of the MCU?

In this movie’s defence, it would have taken a lot to follow up Infinity War. That movie was so big that it sucked all the energy out of the room. But I feel that Captain Marvel would have been a much stronger choice than Ant-Man. Especially since they teased her in the post credits scene of Infinity War.

However, the hype does not a bad or good movie make. What matters is the movie itself. So how does this one stack up to the rest of the series?

It doesn’t. It’s incredibly bog standard and forgettable. Out of everything in the film, there was only one scene that I enjoyed.

This movie suffers egregiously from the typical Marvel movie problems. The cinematography is incredibly bland and standard, the villain is generic and forgettable, and the humor can end up hurting certain scenes more than help. If you put a blind fold on me, put a copy of this, Iron Man 1 and 2, Thor 2 and 3, and Incredible Hulk in front of me, and told me to pick the one with the most unique plot, I’d lose no matter what I chose.

I praised the first Ant-Man for it’s creative use of the shrinking and growing effects. Luckily, those are back for this movie. However, they’re use is infinitely weaker than in the first.

There’s plenty of action in this movie. But none of it was even half as creative or fun as the battle on the toy train. While the shrinking visuals are still interesting, the actual use of them are forgettable and boring. Even worse, sometimes it makes no sense. Sometimes they shrink something when it’d be far more beneficial to make it grow, and vice versa.

Has Ant-Man always been stupid? Because he’s supposed to be this great thief, right? Wouldn’t that make him a pretty smart dude?

There is one scene in the whole movie that I liked. Shortly after Scott goes sub atomic, he tries to radio in to his friends. But he gets no response. We then cut back to all of them as they float away, now mere dust on the wind.

Yep. The best scene of the movie is a call back to Infinity War. Typically, i’d criticise something for using such callbacks to make the audience like it more. But considering how bored I was throughout this movie, I’ll take what I can get.

The saddest thing is that you can easily skip this movie. So little happens to set up for his role in Endgame. Even if it did, we wouldn’t need it. Here, let me set up his involvement in the next Avengers and save you the time of sitting through this.

Ant-Man loses his family and friends when Thanos snaps his fingers. Out of desperation, he goes to The Avengers for help. The end! We didn’t need a whole movie for that!

It makes me sad that our Marvel Marathon has to end with a dud. But this movie has nothing to make it worth your time. Unless you absolutely love Ant-Man, skip this one and do something else with those two hours.

Like watch Infinity War again. Or read a book. Or play all the Devil May Cry games so you’re ready for 5 next month. Literally anything else is a better option than Ant-Man and The Wasp.

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