The Movie: 7.5/10
“I’m not looking forward to this.” That’s what I said as we got comfy in our movie watching chairs and the projector lit up my homemade movie screen. You see, we have a movie room in our basement and on Saturdays we watch our movie and then record our podcast about that movie. The more movies I watch through my life I find I get a “vibe” from trailers, posters, box covers, and of course the previous movies in any series or franchise. I admit that it’s unfair to pre-judge a movie based on these things, and to be honest, I am usually wrong. That’s the case for Ant-man and the Wasp. Spoiler: I loved it. In spite of my snottiness that I brought to the movie room with me, this one won me over. It was fun and lively, making me laugh and interested in these characters more than I thought it ever would.
Ant-Man didn’t fully capture my imagination the first time around, and then in that other Marvel flick I was like “hmmm” but not fully convinced of this roll in crime and villain fighting. Add the Wasp and that problem is solved! She adds that missing element of what I needed to sell me on the idea that shrinking or getting giant is useful as a singular skill/super power to do the biggest battles, or to defend your corner of the super hero world. Yes, she has her scientist dad as a feature of her powers:) but I’m sure that if she were to get her own movie or mission or big baddy to defeat, she would totally do it.
The special effects are so much fun, and I was buying it, giant guy on a truck, tiny building being hauled around under someone’s arm, yes. I did have one glitch in my affections though. I’m just saying if you shrunk my house and then picked it up and jostled it around, all my stuff would fall off the shelves and my furniture would be knocked around, but in this movie that is not a consideration. I got over it pretty quick, but it bugged me for a while.
The comedy element was finely balanced for me, no eye rolling at dumb jokes, just small grins from time to time. I really don’t like an action movie with a LOT at stake to have comedy smeared all over it as a distraction or as an element to keep the audience interested. Ant-Man and the Wasp writers kept it contained and with Paul Rudd’s humor playing against Evangeline Lilly’s seriousness, it kept me happy.
From my skeptical entrance to my satisfied exit, this afternoon in the movie room was a rousing success! I want to see more of these two heroes and their adventures, and how they can use this unusual power (the kind you get when you are super rich, not the kind you get from your mutated DNA, or a horrible scientific accident) in more scenarios.
Oh yea, and there was Michelle Pfeiffer and Micheal Douglas, but to be honest, they blended into the story well enough that they didn’t overshadow the rest of the movie.
- Making Of Featurettes (22 Minutes) – Four fairly detailed featurettes that chronicle the making of the movie. The topics covered are Scott Lang, The Wasp, Hank & Janet and VFX.
- Gag Reel And Outtakes (4 Minutes) – Fun and games on the set. Paul Rudd is an endless source of amusement.
- Deleted Scenes (2 Minutes) – One deleted scene with optional director commentary.
- Audio Commentary With Director Peyton Reed
- 4kUHD, Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 9/10
As usual with a Disney/Marvel release Ant-man & The Wasp is a reference quality disc that will impress even the most jaded home theater enthusiast. Presented in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio and filmed in 8K this looks impressive even with the down-sample. CGI holds up even to close scrutiny and flesh tones and shadows are full of detail and richness.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track is included on the Blu-ray while the full fat Dolby Atmos track is reserved for the 4K disc. This seems to be the norm these days but hey with the cinematic universe edition you get both discs anyway. Sound is impressive on both fronts though with superb separation and LFE that really makes your hair stand on end. Dialog is clean and rendered precisely, this is an amazing release from Disney/Marvel I look forward to the next one.
Overall Score 7.5/10