Saturday, July 07, 2018

"Ant-Man and the Wasp" (2018) -- Initial Thoughts

This paragraph is only here so that, if you haven't seen the movie yet, and this pops up in your GFC feed, it doesn't give away lots of spoilers.  I promised DKoren I would not say any words she could see or hear about this movie until she's had a chance to see it, so this is just a paragraph of filler that's keeping all spoilers out of her sight AND YOURS... just in case.  I think this paragraph is long enough now, so I'll stop. 

I totally dug Ant-Man and the Wasp.  It was extreme amounts of fun!  The first Ant-Man (2015) is just a jolly heist adventure, and this one one hundred percent kept up that vibe of "Normal People Can Be Heroes Too, Even If They're Not Very Good At It."  That's one of the things I love most about Ant-Man -- he's a normal dude.  He's not a god, he's not a genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist, he's not a brilliant scientist, he never got bitten by anything radioactive, he's not a king, nobody did science experiments on him -- he's like Falcon, you know?  I LOVE Falcon too because he's just a normal guy doing the right thing any way he can.  Including wearing a super-powered suit designed by someone else.  (I should love War Machine too, by the same logic, but I liked Terence Howard in the role better than Don Cheadle and I just... haven't gravitated toward him.)

ANYWAY!  The movie was awesome!  And by the end of it, I was like, "Yes!  I forgive Marvel!  I am a full-fledged MCU fan again, there is hope for the future, everything will be okay.  My summer is all bright and happy again, and I'm going to go have a really great day cleaning up my house and busting out a bunch of chores."

This is the spot where you stop reading if you haven't watched the movie.  Okay?  For reals.  After this picture, there are possible SPOILERS.



Because then I watched the stinger.  And now I have gone from being angry and frustrated with the MCU, thanks to Avengers: Infinity War: Part One (2018) to being disgusted with the MCU filmmakers.  Again with the emotional manipulation!  I was happy, I was cheerful, and then you just killed all the joy I'd filled up on, and now... I'm bitter and annoyed. 

I talked in my post on IW about how I need a solid dose of happiness in my superhero movies.  It's why I shy away from the DC movies -- they're dark and morose and have a very pessimistic vibe to them.  In fact, I haven't seen The Dark Knight Rises yet because The Dark Knight was too disturbing.  It's just a thing with me, I guess -- if I want to be sad, I'll watch a tragedy like Hamlet.  I don't watch superhero movies when I want to be sad.  I watch them for a jolt of actiony happiness.  I'll try explaining this more fully sometime, but I think it ties in to how I don't like dark and broody Robin Hoods either.  I need cheerful Robin Hoods.  I need superheroes where the world gets better by the end of the film, not worse.

So yeah, this is kind of a rant.  Because I was ready to leave the theater pumped up and ready to go fix our broken bathroom faucet and do all kinds of great stuff, and now I'm feeling bitter and depressed, and you know what?  I JUST GOT OVER THE FUNK THAT INFINITY WAR PUT ME INTO!  I'M SICK OF THE FUNK.

9 comments:

  1. I'm going to see this tonight with the siblings, so I'll give you my thoughts once I get back! :-)

    (I'm sorry you're feeling depressed :-/ *sends hugs and chocolate*)

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    1. Jessica, sounds like a fun night out!

      (I'm feeling better now. I watched the Thor and Loki fanvid I posted a while back like 5 times in a row, and that helped greatly. But thanks! Hugs and chocolate help too.)

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  2. I still need to watch the first one, but I'm looking forward to these ones.

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    1. Skye, I only just saw the first one like a year or so ago, as I'd missed it in the theater. It was a fun romp, and so is this one.

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  3. So you did like this Ant-man and the Wasp movie, right?
    My wife says we're going to it. The average, sometimes bungling guy, superhero is what appeals to me about this one. We liked the first one. So this is a superhero movie I think I could enjoy--probably not as much as the Incredibles 2, but maybe.

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    1. Stanley, yes! I did. Because I have personal issues with Infinity War, I was annoyed by the mid-credits extra scene, but the movie itself was great fun. I hope you like it too!

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  4. I feel out of the loop here - I don't watch DC films for the same reason - when I watch superhero movies I'm not looking for gritty realism (I'm waiting for DC to debut a new hero called Cap'n Bringdown). Which is why I love the Marvel movies. But everybody seems so bummed about the end of Infinity War - my take is just "hmm, how will our heroes get out of this one?" Because I just know that most of those folks aren't gone forever (hey, some of them have sequels to film).

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    1. Blakeney, yeah... my best friend absolutely loves Infinity War and finds it invigorating. I agree that yeah, there's going to be some way that they resurrect the dusted folks, but... I'm sure that's going to come at the cost of characters I dearly love dying in a more permanent way, so... it's still a downer for me.

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