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Ant-Man And The Wasp Blu-ray Review

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“Ant-Man And The Wasp” is light and breezy entertainment.

In the follow-up to “Ant-Man,” the sequel juggles multiple storylines. Scott Lang is on house arrest, the FBI are trailing Hope and Hank van Dyne as well as Scott, Hope and Hank are devising a way to get to the Quantum Realm to save Janet van Dyne, a shady black market dealer named Sonny (who has a part needed to get to the Quantum Realm) is stirring up trouble, a “villain” code-named Ghost that has a grudge against Hank requires quantum energy and seeks it by any means necessary and Lang’s buddies Luis and company have started their own security business.

After the groundbreaking and gamechanging MCU films “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Ant-Man And The Wasp” feels decidedly safe and generic. Granted, it makes sense to give viewers something more lighthearted after the dark and heavy ‘Infinity War,’ but the movie feels like filler until the still untitled Avengers 4. In fact, the single best scene in this sequel is the first end credit scene. Without spoiling what happens, I will just say it raises many intriguing questions for Avengers 4 and perhaps beyond.

Going back to the more lighthearted nature of the movie, this is very much a comedic movie. How you feel about the comedy here will likely shape how you feel about this movie. Personally, I enjoyed the humor of the first “Ant-Man” film (which is a bit underrated), but the majority of the humor here lands with a thud to me. The jokes in the script (which was written by Paul Rudd, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari) feel like they have been tinkered with too much not to mention the movie undoubtedly contained far too much improv. With that said, I will say there are moments that do work here particularly the Baba Yaga bit.

The one think that does hold this movie together is the characters. Everyone here is on their A game performance wise. Evangeline Lilly (Hope van Dyne/The Wasp) finally gets the spotlight here and she crushes it. She completely steals the show. Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Ant-Man is charismatic as ever and really has great chemistry with Lilly. We get more Michael Douglas here as Dr. Hank Paym and that’s always a good thing. I was surprised and happy to see how much he was in this movie. Michelle Pfeiffer’s screen time is limited but I like what she brings her. I hope we see more of her character in the future. Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost was actually one of my favorite parts of the film. Not only was the character intriguing, but she brought a lot of depth to her. Again, I hope we see more of her. As for the many other supporting characters, they all have their moments to be sure.

Action wise, the movie is definitely bigger than its predecessor. Expect lots of shrinking and growing sequences throughout with the lengthy car chase being the real show stopper.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? From the SF scenes to the Quantum Realm scenes, viewers can expect a super crisp hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This audio intensive movie gets the track it deserves here with an impactful 7.1 audio track.

Extras: * Digital copy * Disney/Marvel trailers * 2 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Peyton Reed. * An amusing 1 ½ minute gag reel * Stan Lee and Teim Heidecker outtakes * “Back In The Ant Suit: Scott Lang”- A featurette on Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. * “A Suit Of Her Own: The Wasp”- A featurette on Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne. * “Subatomic Super Heroes: Hank And Janet”- A featurette on the 2 characters * “Quantum Perspective: The VFX And Production Design Of Ant-Man And The Wasp”- A look at the sets and FX of this sequel * An informative solo commentary by director Peyton Reed.

Overall Thoughts: “Ant-Man And The Wasp” may be a bottom tier MCU film, but I’ll still take even the weakest MCU movie over most modern films.

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October 11, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , ,

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