Rating: PG-13, Time: 1hr 58min, Director: Peyton Reed, Cast on IMDb
So was this a better story than Ant-man?
Well, they start with this weird premise that Ant-man is under house detention due to his antics in Germany, which I guess works, but Ant-man is such a good guy, what could he have done? Never explained. He has had a following out with his suit creator Dr. Hank Pym, so has to make amends, but then he doesn't even have the right to leave the house. Then they try to rescue the mom that has been lost in sub-atomic space for decades apparently. No idea how she eats, but just roll with it. It's a comic book film, so you have to overlook things like that.
So what did you think of the villains?
Just as there is Ant-man and Wasp, who is Dr. Hank's daughter. We also have two sets of villains in the film. One set is trying to steal the technology behind Ant-man to sell for business applications, which are of course dangerous (not like that ever happens in the real world). The other villain is Ava, who has ghost-like qualities in that she can melt between sub-atomic layers at will, so she really is almost unstoppable. I like her character the best as you always need a good villain in the end. Of course, Ava has a sponsor within S.H.I.E.L.D., the super hero group that has been disbanded over some past atrocities unmentioned in the film.
How is the interaction between Ant-man and the Wasp?
I think there is fairly good chemistry on set between the two characters. They get to start as jaded ex-lovers and now are making up again. So that adds a cute element to the characters. I think that Ant-man being a dad kind of throws the believability out the window a bit. Would a dad be a superhero? I guess this is just banking off the success of the Increidibles in a way. Of course, the whole super hero powers are a leap of faith as well.
Were there really funny elements?
They have a lot of jokes in the film, but since there was nobody in the audience on a Monday, it was difficult to say if the jokes landed well. I think they did a decent job at the jokes. I think one thing holding back the humor was the lack of truly dark situations or dark villains. Since everyone is kind of a nice guy with their own agenda, you aren't really terrified of the villains. Although Ava's ghost appearance is at first very creepy, but the dull her character down to kind of a broken girl in the end vs. a ruthless killer. That part is kind of a plot hole by the writers and the director.
What was the best element of the film?
Although I loved the film itself, the extended scene after the credits roll is brillant. They end up tying the film back into the last Avengers: Infinity War, one of the best Marvel movies of all time. So they leave you with a cliff hanger that now has to be solved in the next Avengers movie. Really awesome job. And Stan Lee is back for a cameo again.
Do you have any art related to the movie?
I think my Architectural Abstraction has the element of quick movement and flash back and forth between giant, regular and sub-atomic size. Below, this painting really captures the zany, comic book style action and feel of whizzing bullets flying by. I titled it after a recent Wall Street crash, since all the market is based on trust leading to greed and then collapse and wide-spread fear. The painting is in essence expanding and contracting at the same time like Ant-man.
Wallstreet Whacks the Womprats - 48 x 48 inches