Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, we have a Marvel Cinematic Universe outing from earlier in the year fighting for top honors. Yes, this week sees the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, right as audiences in theaters are seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and loving that one. Read on for more…
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
This Marvel adventure was met with a bit of a mixed reception, which does make sense. It’s dense, weird, and somewhat different than what’s come before. Not all of it works, but Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is an interesting film, to say the least. In my review here, I had the following to say about the movie:
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is ever expanding, and with the start of Phase Five, it’s gotten both bigger and smaller. Yes, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the largest scale installment of the character’s now trilogy, but it’s done so by getting so small, it enters the Quantum Realm. Starting this MCU section off with Ant-Man is an interesting choice, and while it doesn’t always pay off, more here works than doesn’t. It’s not Marvel’s upper echelon, but it’s an entertaining science fiction adventure, even if it’s a bit of a bumpy ride.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the closest the MCU has gotten to a Star Wars film yet. In fact, I felt a little bit of a Rick and Morty influence as well. All of this makes for one of the weirder Marvel movies to date. Newcomers to this world will be lost, but if you’re at least mostly up to date, it’s a definite step towards something a bit new for the interconnected universe.
Also Available This Week
Operation Fortune: Ruse De Guerre
From The Criterion Collection: “Old Hollywood collides with New Hollywood, and screen horror with real-life horror, in the startling debut feature from Peter Bogdanovich. Produced by Roger Corman, this chillingly prescient vision of American-made carnage casts Boris Karloff as a version of himself: an aging horror-movie icon whose fate intersects with that of a seemingly ordinary young man (Tim O’Kelly) on a psychotic shooting spree around Los Angeles. Charged with provocative ideas about the relationship between mass media and mass violence, Targets is a model of maximally effective filmmaking on a minimal budget and a potent first statement from one of the defining voices of the American New Wave.”
Stay tuned for more next week…