Review Crew: Two views on ‘Ant-Man’



Scott Lang and Cassie Lang in the Quantum Realm watching the different creatures that reside there.

Movie Synopsis: “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” starring Paul Rudd, Kathryn Newton, and Jonathan Majors, was released Feb. 17. Father Scott Lang (Paul) and daughter Cassie Lang (Kathryn) get teleported into the Quantum Realm looking for a way back to Earth. During their journey in the Quantum Realm, they stumble upon a supervillain who calls himself Kang the Conqueror and who has nefarious plans for both of them. The movie runs for two hours and five minutes and is rated PG-13. 

Ray says 2 and a half stars: Dry plot, but great acting

The latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was released Feb. 17 “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania,” an interesting film with the main focus on Cassie Lang, the daughter of Ant-Man, Scott Lang. 

It offers the classic comedy we are used to seeing from Ant-Man films, with entertaining action sequences. But the film seems to have a rushed plot, which is surprising given its two hour runtime. Many events throughout the film seemingly aren’t explained and quickly jumps from scene to scene. 

The movie performance was weak with a somewhat dry plot, but the actors and actresses’ performances were strong. Paul Rudd does a good job in reprising his role as Ant-Man and Kathryn Newton does a great job of playing Cassie Lang. But one of the more stand-out performances of the film was Jonathan Major’s portrayal of Kang the Conqueror.

While the portrayals of characters were good, it doesn’t make up for the plot conveyed throughout the film. Most of the time spent in the Quantum Realm is spent attempting to escape and avoid Kang in the process. As the battles throughout the film fit the frame of most superhero movies. 

“Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” isn’t a bad movie, but in terms of the caliber of Marvel movies; this film falls short. The actors and comedy somewhat salvage the movie, but it is hard to ignore the boring plot centered around one of Marvels top antagonists from the comics.

Ray Kopf

Noah says two stars: Enjoyable, but style over substance

Here’s the deal, I didn’t love this film, but I enjoyed it all the same. Paul Rudd and Kathryn Newton also did great jobs as Ant-Man and Cassie Lang respectively. Rudd is likable no matter what he’s in. I also adored the visual style of the film. The production design, costumes, and Quantum Realm creatures are cool, colorful, and creative.

Unfortunately, I found the film to be style over substance with a poorly written and underdeveloped plot. The pacing is all over the place, and the excessive humor is annoying, cringy and completely takes away whatever weight the movie attempts to have. As for the villain, Kang the Conqueror – portrayed by Johnathon Majors – has an intriguing concept and cool costume.

Despite this, Majors’ portrayal is not very menacing or intimidating. He sleepwalks through the film waiting to punch and blow up stuff and nearly all of the supporting characters are meaningless and add nothing to this lazily thought up plot. Regardless of the many flaws, this movie is still entertaining. But just because something is fun and enjoyable doesn’t make it a good film. 

Noah Cannon