Thursday, July 19, 2018

Astonishing and Wondrous

Sorry for the delay, I had to go see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom again.

After the heavy weight of Infinity War, Marvel reminds us these stories are supposed to be fun with Ant Man and The Wasp.

And succeed they did!

The Disney/Marvel machine continues to be truly impressive.  The movie took what worked in the original Ant Man, and repeats its triumph as a smaller, family based film.  Yet it also adds some critical pieces to the grand tapestry of the Marvel universe.

The themes of father daughter relationships and rehabilitation expand from the bases of the original story to be what drives this outing.

Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily share the spotlight impressively, with the rest of their families building on the relationships.  Especially with top performers like Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeifer in the roles.

Shrinking and growing are inherently goofy powers and the movie doesn't shy away from that, using them to add to the giant hoot that is taking place.

There’s no megalomaniacal world conqueror or destroyer this time around.  The bad guys are strictly low level, and the main conflicts are against time and natural or technological hurdles.

I’ve always been a fan of Scott Lang, Hank Pym and Janet (Pym) in the comics, they all get treated better in the movie-verse, and Hope fits in great.

I was there for the first appearance of the Ghost back in 1987 (Iron Man 219).  He was a fairly mundane industrial espionage type with cool looking costume and powers.  The film keeps those, and removes the mysterious unrevealed back story, updating the personality and motivations of Hannah John-Kamen’s character that can branch in several ways. 
Any movie that brings in Lawrence Fishburne benefits.  Hoping to see him Goliath out in the sequel.

Speaking of sequels, Michael Pena and the guys from X-Con Security deserve a mid-season replacement TV series at a minimum.

I guess this movie really caught me due to the best father daughter parts with Rudd and Abby Ryder Fortson as Cassie Lang. They capture how every Dad wants to be a super hero to his little girl.  I don't know who is playing her after the time jump in Avengers 4, but I hope Fortson gets a shot at Stature/Stinger a couple of years down the road, she's already got the attitude and expressiveness.

It was awesome, grab the family and go see it already!


Cousin Michael said...

I haven't seen this yet but after reading your review I will try hard to get a chance to see it. I've always like Paul Rudd from when he was a guest star on episodes of "Friends." Daughters! We have that in common Jeff. A Super hero is not just a's an adventure! Neither you nor me need to wear a costume to be a Super Hero in our daughters eyes. Nothing beats that! Well thanks again for the review. Time for me to get the shield out of the garage and practice throwing a little.
Cuz Mike

Jeff McGinley said...

Holy crap, Phoebe married Ant Man. Two totally unlinked viewing experiences in my head. They really did a good job showing all aspects of father daughter stuff with different characters. Dust off that shield cuz, you've earned it.

Thanx for reading, and sharing.