Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania * Visuals Are Where This Shines, Literally And Figuratively, In A CGI Universe
Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne, along with Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, explore the Quantum Realm, where they interact with strange creatures and embark on an adventure that goes beyond the limits of what they thought was possible.
KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Sydney S. comments, “This film is every Marvel fan’s dream. The special effects are phenomenal and illustrate the Quantum Realm in such an interesting way.” Jude A. adds, “While being carried on the back of a strong performance by Jonathan Majors, Ant-Man: Quantumania is strictly a setup film, which is somewhat pointless, because it sets up what Marvel fans already know. Regardless, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s visuals are where it shines, literally and figuratively. In a film that takes place almost entirely in a CGI world, Marvel creates its own Star Wars and perfects every minute computer generated detail.” Gavin S. comments, “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is mind-blowing; I enjoyed it a lot mainly because of its amazing CGI. But, the acting is stunning and the script is hilarious. This film definitely held my attention from start to end.” See their full reviews and interviews below.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania By Sydney S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the new raging Marvel movie! It’s packed with action and comedy that I loved! This film is captivating and visually incredible.
This storyline follows the journey of Scott, also known as Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and his daughter Cassandra (Kathryn Newton) who end up in the Quantum Realm with a few other people. As Cassie gains powers, she begins to experiment with them. The group is transported to the Quantum Realm. It’s up to them to get out safely with the many challenging obstacles they have ahead.
This film is every Marvel fan’s dream. The main characters are Scott and Cassie Lang, accompanied by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), Hank (Michael Douglas), Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Kang (Jonathan Majors). These actors portray so much emotion throughout the film, plus they deliver their lines with humor, and I definitely found myself laughing while watching the film. The special effects are phenomenal and illustrate the Quantum Realm in such an interesting way. My favorite part is when the group drinks the special potion that makes them understand the foreign languages. By doing that, the humans and creatures from the Quantum Realm can converse and get a hint about the motives of the other group. It’s a clever idea. Of course, I can’t forget the costumes. The Ant-Man and Wasp suits, as well as Cassie’s, look awesome, and they are a repeat from the previous Ant-Man movies. I do recommend watching the first two Ant-Man movies in order to understand the backstory, but it isn’t completely necessary.
The film’s message is that you should always put family first, because you are stronger together. The film has a heartfelt story about how family means everything and they will always be there for you. Cassie and Scott care about each other so much that they would sacrifice themselves to keep the other safe. There is some slight profanity, but nothing too inappropriate. There is a lot of action and blood, which may be disturbing for younger viewers..
I give Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. It comes out in theaters on February 17, 2023. Come and join us in the Quantum Realm!
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania By Jude A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania manages to clench the undying thirst for the unknown within the Marvel Cinematic Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Universe, yet introduces so much that it doesn’t really introduce anything at all. While being carried on the back of a strong performance by Jonathan Majors, Ant-Man: Quantumania is strictly a setup film, which is somewhat pointless, because it sets up what Marvel fans already know. Regardless of leaving little to no impact, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s visuals are where it shines, literally and figuratively. In a film that takes place almost entirely in a CGI world, Marvel creates its own Star Wars and perfects every minute computer generated detail.
Picking up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, with the entire world rehabilitating, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania kicks off (or flies off, because… ants). The audience sees the new luxurious life of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) – Hero, father and self-proclaimed “author.” The story quickly introduces the new struggle Scott has for raising his newly teenage daughter, Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton). When Cassie reveals she has been tampering with Quantum Realm technology, it’s too late. The whole Ant-Man crew gets shrunken down into the Quantum Realm (a subatomic world beneath Earth). The rest of the story follows the whole family venturing to find a way out of the realm, while Kang the Conqueror hunts them relentlessly.
For the past couple years, Marvel has had major controversy regarding their CGI and VFX artists (mainly with their Disney+ shows). At least for Ant-Man: Quantumania, they seem to be back on track, or starting to be. The images are impeccable and matched with a strong score; the auditory and visual experience is automatically enhanced. IMAX is the correct way to view the film. Despite the irrelevant plot, Jonathan Majors conquers the show. He emphasizes the true power of Kang, with a blood-curdling scream that’ll make sure he is thought about well after the credits roll. Although, the film fails to utilize him to the extent they could have, leaving the audience wanting more, and not in a positive way.
Like all the other films put through the Marvel formula, this film does not disappoint with its fair share of comedy, foul language and violence. When dealing with a villain known for annihilating entire worlds and timelines, of course the audience will see a lot more than a simple punch thrown on the big screen. In terms of gore however, it does not go there to a large extent. Underneath the antics, the story pairs with a large theme of family, and teaches the moral that love of all kinds always perseveres.
I give Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. You can find Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania in theatres on February 17, 2023. Make sure to check it out!
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania By Gavin S. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is mind-blowing; I enjoyed it a lot mainly because of its amazing CGI. But, the acting is stunning and the script is hilarious. This film definitely held my attention from start to end.
The storyline follows a man/superhero named Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), whose daughter Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton) creates a device that can send messages to the Quantum Realm. After a signal is sent a portal appears, and they all get sucked in — Scott and Cassie along with Hank Pym (Michael Douglass), Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). They explore the Quantum Realm and try to find a way out.
I really enjoyed this film. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is really amazing, particularly since I am a huge MCU / Marvel fan. One thing that caught my attention is the CGI which is very realistic. The sets, the aliens, and even the Quantum ships all look so real. Another thing that really pops out is the acting, which is amazing. For instance, when one of them gets hurt it looks real, because the actors bring that to life. When someone uses their powers that also looks very realistic. For example, when Kang does his energy blast it looks so real. Also, when Scott and Cassie transform and change sizes throughout the movie that is excellent. The humorous dialogue really is one of the best parts. I particularly enjoyed the part when Scott doesn’t know what the Quantum people are saying; his reaction is hilarious. I laughed almost throughout the whole film. Another thing I really like is the cinematography. I just love how when something explodes the camera shakes along with it; that made me feel as if I was there in the scene.
The film’s lesson is an inspiring reminder that, just because something isn’t happening to you, it doesn’t mean it’s not happening. I relate to this because I find that people will ignore your problems, but when the same thing happens to them they start to understand how you felt. Be aware that it does contain some gore, weaponry and foul language. I give Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania 5 out of 5 stars and I recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. This film releases available in theaters February 19, 2023. Be sure to check it out.