Release Date : February 17, 2023
123telugu.com Rating : 2.5/5
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors, Kathryn Newton, David Dastmalchian, Katy O’Brian, William Jackson Harper, Bill Murray, Michelle Pfeiffer, Corey Stoll, Michael Douglas
Director: Peyton Reed
Producers: Kevin Feige, Stephen Broussard
Music Director: Christophe Beck
Cinematography: William Pope
Editors: Adam Gerstel, Laura Jennings
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Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is the third installment in the Ant-Man franchise and the first film in the 5th phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Peyton Reed, the superhero movie has hit the screens worldwide today. Let’s see how the movie is.
After the events of Avengers: Endgame, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), the Ant-Man lives a happy life with his wife Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), the Wasp and daughter Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton). Cassie builds a tiny device with the help of her grandpa Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), through which one can travel to the Quantum Realm. Knowing this, her grandmother Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) asks her to stop sending signals to the strange world beneath the Earth. But, it’s too late to stop it and they all get taken to the Quantum Realm. What happens next in this bizarre world? Why was Janet afraid of Kang: The Conqueror (Jonathan Majors)? Who is he and how is he related to Janet? The film has all the answers.
Plus Points :
When it comes to Marvel movies, everyone has humongous expectations. And the hype is surreal for the latest MCU movie too, as it deals with the concept of a multiverse and sacred timeline. Like in other Marvel movies, Ant-Man 3 also has new elements that will wow the audience. For instance, different creatures, moving buildings, and a drink that can even translate languages.
Performances-wise, Paul Rudd has entertained again like in the other two Ant-Man movies. His comedy timing is fine. The Wasp, played by Evangeline Lilly, is okay and has less space to perform.
It is Janet and Cassie who get the lion’s share of the screen time more than the rest. Among them, Janet’s role is quite important as she is the only one who knows completely about the worlds of worlds in the Quantum Realm. Her subtle performance and Cassie’s charm make Ant-Man and The Wasp an okay watch.
Minus Points :
The story falls in the first place in this category. Jeff Loveness writes a pretty mediocre story that can be predicted easily. The superhero movie also lacks proper emotions, which we generally see in Marvel movies. The writer could have written more emotional portions about the father-daughter (Scott Lang-Cassie) duo.
On the other hand, the antagonist and his villainy should have been showcased well. But here in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, the director reveals nothing much about Kang: The Conqueror, a variant of He Who Remains (from Loki series).
Kang is said to be the most powerful and dangerous villain, who even kills Avengers in an alternate universe, but in Ant-Man 3, he was shown as less powerful. This could be a bit disappointing to the Marvel stans who expected more from the film.
Though Jonathan Majors performs well in his role, it all goes in vain because of the poor writing for Kang and his supremacy. Alongside, Scott Lang has a sidekick Luis (Michael Peña) in every Ant-Man movie, but here in the third installment, we missed his presence and pep talks. Also, the movie doesn’t reveal anything about Lord Krylar played by Bill Murray.
Technical Aspects :
In terms of direction, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is okay, but when it comes to the story, it lacks the punch. Though the film is visually decent, one can’t see an engaging story and screenplay unfold.
The team behind cinematography and sound design need a pat on the back. VFX could have been better to enthral audiences. The runtime is crisp and so is the editing.
On the whole, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is a mediocre Marvel movie that lacks the punch. Those who love the prequels of the franchise will be disappointed big time. Except for some visuals, the movie has nothing much to offer. If you are okay with a normal story but love Marvel movies to the core, you can give this film a watch this weekend.
PS: Don’t walk out of the cinemas until the end credits roll up, as the team gives a glimpse of an upcoming big Marvel movie and a ‘mischievous’ character.
123telugu.com Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team
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