ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA (2023) Review
Directed by Peyton Reed
The third installment of the Ant-Man franchise is indeed its biggest and most emotional yet but it’s hard to dismiss how generic the drama and world-building of the quantum realm was, especially knowing how vital it is in the coming installment of the Multiverse Saga.
I’m probably not alone being underwhelmed at the recent Marvel Studios’ films after Avengers: Endgame. I get that the new ones need to build the world for the Multiverse Saga, but the threat doesn’t feel as big as the ones before it. It’s a hard job for the Marvel people but I do hope at least the story are more personal, like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness or Black Panther: Wakanda Forever for instance. Or maybe sequences that will wow us like in Shangi-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
But I do think that this is an important installment. Maybe it was better if it was presented in the perspective of Janet Van Dyne? She knows the danger and while Scott Lang was definitely trying to protect his family, Janet’s way of protecting her family is more complex. And how she acted, I am glued to the screen whenever its her on it.
And Jonathan Majors, he is definitely scary. Like, I was joking with my friends that I am concerned with Michael B. Jordan in Majors’ upcoming film Creed III. It kinda look like he’s ready to punch the hell out of Scott in the final scene.
It’s an entertaining ride. But you’ll feel like there’s something missing. The wonder in watching Marvel films is that they always feel larger than life. And while visually it is, emotionally it doesn’t.
2.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ is now showing in Philippine cinemas in 2D, 3D/4Dx and IMAX 3D. Rated PG by the MTRCB.