Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania follows the lives of Scott Lang and the gang after Scott has amassed fame from being part of the team that saved the world after the blip. In this new adventure, he is sucked into the quantum realm along with Hope, his daughter Cassie, Hank, and Janet. Our favorite ant family must now find a way back home but not without uncovering family secrets and the truth about the Quantum Realm.
Getting down to it, this film is beyond fun and comedic, and it is everything that an Ant-Man movie should be and what anybody could expect from it. Paul Rudd as Scott Lang continues to bring in the funnies and keep us entertained as always. But the same can be said for supporting cast members, particularly Michael Douglas, William Jackson Harper, and David Dastmalchian, each of whom have their own unique style of humor from dry to eccentric. Not to mention, the introduction of Katy O’Brian as Jentorra was one that took me aback as she is a character who is everything I want to be.
Unfortunately, the drawback comes with Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne with another average performance that doesn’t seem to add much of anything to the overall team relationship. Fortunately, it is made up for with Michelle Pfeiffer who stands out as Janet Van Dyne with her own mysterious story that unfolds in an unexpected way. Kathryn Newton gives it her all as a teenage Cassie Lang with all her snarky and hard hitting remarks, and delivers one of my favorite lines of the entire movie. And finally, Jonathan Majors slays as Kang in such a grandiose way that I cannot wait to see more of him in the future.
Story-wise, Quantumania is simple and isn’t exactly the complex heist film that its two predecessors turned out to be. Instead, it flips into a movie that is full of adventure and chaos as we discover this new world. Each of the characters are given a clear challenge as we’re kept on the edge of our seat wondering if our favorites are going to make it. Some moments feel low in energy for a purpose but other moments feel slightly underwhelming. And while the dialogue isn’t anything special, the jokes hit every time and fit the tone of each scene well enough.
The film isn’t spectacular or new but it’s a movie that takes the goofy aspects of a comic book and brings it to the screen. Visually, this film is stunning, and as terrifying as it would be to dive into the Quantum Realm, it is something to marvel at. From the different species we see below to the world design, it’s impossible to take it all in with just one viewing. Who would have thought that a world so tiny would turn out to be so big?
But I think what drives this entire movie home for me is the purpose of the film. Ant-Man had always been about family, no matter how broken or distanced it may appear. From day one, Scott has always had Cassie in mind as the one person who keeps him grounded. The dedication he has for her shines throughout the film and the love between them as father and daughter is beautiful. And that love carries over to Hank, Janet, and Hope, but it also begins to reach past their little family and into the world they’ve discovered. There is strength in numbers and plenty of courage to go around, and boy, does it show!
For me, it’s hard not to like this film to some degree. Exploring the Quantum Realm makes for a unique experience and it’s absolutely gorgeous to look at all throughout the film. I, for one, had a blast watching the movie and I cannot wait to watch it again. I think if you truly love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, if you don’t mind some good old fun, or if you just love Scott Lang, you’ll enjoy this film. It’s an odd start to Phase 5 but it’s certainly giving us room to recover from Phase 4’s heartbreak, and maybe…that’s what we need right now.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania receives 4 out of 5 Samosas.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is now playing in theaters.
Runtime: 2h 5m