This third Ant-Man movie makes Peyton Reed the only director in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to complete a trilogy for a Marvel character. Jon Watts, of the Tom Holland spiderman movies, doesn’t really count since these are technically Sony movies attached to the MCU. Anyway Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country, Loki) and Kathryn Newton are the big new comers in this one with Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer returning.
Premise: Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne, along with Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, explore the Quantum Realm, where they interact with strange creatures and embark on an adventure that goes beyond the limits of what they thought was possible and pits them against Kang the Conqueror.
Review: This movie starts off really well, it’s lighthearted, it’s funny and quite interesting, then we dive into the quantum real and it kind of goes off the rails. I’m not talking about the visual effects, they were fine for the most part, even if the beings in that realm had a Stars Wars feel to them bbbbut I diidn’t care about that.
However, the tone is off, it’s a bit all over the place. I mean Jonathan Majors is in a drama while some of the others are in a lighthearted comedy so it switches from one tone to another in quite the clumsy way. If the movie leaned toward a more serious tone as we went along it would have been better. One character cannot carry the gravitas of the whole film while the others are jokingly fighting their way through the film. Most of the jokes did not work for me, they became so childish and heavy-handed that it even made Majors look like a mustash twirling villain at points.
There were so many opportunities to make this movie excellent but the jokey tone they seem to insist on kind of robbed us of that. Kang is strong and menacing, his fight scenes are almost great because you can feel, and kind of see how ruthless he can. His fight with Ant-Man is shy of amazing but good as if, yet if only there had been some consequences for ant-man and the wasp it would have made this movie a tad better than it is.
At least it’s not as bad as of an experience Thor: Love & Thunder was even if they share the same score.