Ant-Man and The Wasp

Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)

IMDB Synopsis

As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.

*Minor spoilers*

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is under house arrest after his antics on tour with his band, The Avengers (in Captain America: Civil War, duh). Things aren’t all bad though as he’s able to spend lots of time with his daughter Cassie.

He’s no longer in touch with Hank Pym and his daughter Hope (Michael Douglas and beautiful Evangeline Lilly), who are peeved with his decision to ditch them for Cap – but his security business – X-con Home Security – run with pals Luis, Dave and Kurt is going (sort of) okay.

Hank and Hope have been forced into hiding but this hasn’t stopped them doing what they do best. Working on a tunnel to get them into the quantum realm, the pair believe there’s a chance they can find and save Hope’s mother Janet, who might still be alive down there. When Scott has a sort of vision/dream which he deciphers as Janet trying to contact him from the QR, he reaches out to Pym.

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Of course the gang are soon back together though there’s still some bitterness to work through. These squabbles are soon forgotten, however when Pym and co. realise they have bigger problems, namely a very nimble new nemesis called Ghost. Ghost is desperate to get her hands on Pym’s portable lab and therefore the tunnel to the QR for her own means. But what are those means, hmmm?

As with the last couple of Marvel films, we’ve been given a villain that doesn’t fit the usual mold and I like it. Ghost makes questionable, bad decisions and hurts people but she’s not all bad and not unsympathetic. This helps you actually care about her character when push comes to shove – and her arc is an interesting one that raises the question of whether we’ll see more of her later on in the franchise. I hope so, Hannah John-Kamen is a hottie.

With another bad guy and his henchmen on their tail, Ant-Man and Wasp are forced to fight to keep the lab in their possession – which is easier said than done. In addition, is Janet really still alive in the Quantum Realm and will Hank be able to bring her home unharmed?

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While Ant-Man is never going to be as strong as some of the more serious Marvel contenders, I do enjoy these movies. They feel old-school in comparison to the big boys and they perfectly balance the MCU. After the intensity of Infinity War earlier this year, Ant-Man was a fun breath of fresh air.

Paul Rudd never disappoints but I do feel as though this is Evangeline Lilly’s movie. She commands the screen and brings a practical strength to the role of Wasp. I wasn’t all that fussed to begin with but now I’m looking forward to more from her. The way this movie plays with scale is a lot of fun and harks back to Honey, I shrunk the Kids from the eighties.

As for support, Michael Peña is brilliant as Luis (the truth serum gag is a scream), while I really enjoyed both Bobby Cannavale and Judy Greer as Scott’s ex-wife. Also, I haven’t mentioned a very big name because when I went into the film I didn’t even know she was in it so I won’t spoiler it. But she’s kind of a big deal and I love her.

Oh, and while we’re here I bet you’re wondering how all this fits into Infinity War and that cliffhanger, huh? Well, it’s not until the post credit scene that this becomes clear but let me tell you, it makes the movie – and opens up a lot of questions.

So many questions – can Avengers 4 just hurry up already?

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My Rating

3.5/5.

Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2 (2018)

IMDB Synopsis

Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for the kids while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.

*Minor spoilers*

After the Incredibles battle and defeat The Underminer, but also tear up most of Metroville and especially City Hall, the Government shuts down the Superhero Relocation Program. Supers are no longer the heroes they once were and now our family are faced with financial crisis.

In the nick of time, superhero fan Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) pops up with a plan to regain the public’s trust in supers once again. As owner of telecommunications corporation DevTech and brother of DevTech genius inventor Evelyn (Catherine Keener), he has the power to make things happen. First part of the plan, get Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) back in the field. Semi-secretly.

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Left at home holding the baby, Mr Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) struggles with his feelings of emasculation but really I don’t care about that. He’s kind of a dick about it all. He does finally realise that there’s something special about Jack Jack though and that is one of the films strongest strands. I’m not usually a sucker for babies but JJ is cooler than your average.

Of course, nothing ever runs smoothly and there’s some back stabbing to be had, while Elastigirl must get to grips with Screenslaver, a villain who projects hypnotic images using television screens (looks better than it sounds). But when Screenslaver is revealed, he isn’t quite what Elastigirl had expected and a thicker plot is revealed.

Will our heroine be able to handle the true villain at the heart of this plot – or will she require a little help from her family? Well, what the hell do you think?

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Support is at hand in the form of family BFF Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson), while Edna Mode (Brad Bird) returns to steal the show with a couple of choice scenes.

We’ve waited 14 years for this sequel from the Pixar studio and it’s good, don’t worry. It’s just not the best and that’s down to personal preference, I’m much more of a Monsters, Inc kinda gal. If you’re an Incredibles Stan then I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

My Rating

3.5/5.

 

Mission: Impossible – Fall Out

Mission: Impossible – Fall Out (2018)

IMDB Synopsis

Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.

*Minor spoilers*

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and pals (Ving RhamesSimon Pegg) accidentally bungle a mission, something to do with three stolen plutonium cores and believed-to-be-dead super villain Soloman Lane’s (Sean Harris) terrorist group “The Apostles”.

I mean, they only fuck up because they value friendship but the result is a pissed off CIA Director (Angela Bassett) and a new operative sent to shadow them and keep the team in check (a mustachioed Henry Cavill). As the gang, including their new mate Superman take action to make up for their mistakes and get hold of the damn plutonium, they’re forced to come face to face with Lane again. There are also tonnes of other spy scenarios and honestly, this is the film of the Summer, hands down.

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I’m not going to go into the intricacies of the narrative here, all I can say is that it’s tight AF with double crosses for dayzzz. We meet new characters, get to chill with familiar ones – all while Ethan wrestles broken helicopters, leaps off high-rise buildings and proves that Tom Cruise may be a fruit loop IRL but is still firmly in the top three action movies stars working today. And you can quote me on that, I actually love to watch him on the big screen and yes, I know he’s problematic.

Support is strong in the hands of Rhames and Pegg, while the women do not disappoint (obviously). Rebecca Ferguson returns as Ilsa Faust (she first appears in Rogue Nation) while Bassett is the Queen she always is. Vanessa Kirby is a lot of fun as The White Widow too. 

I loved this ride and I’m excited to see where it goes next. Not only is it one of the strongest in the series (Mission: Impossible III is my fave because of Philip Seymour Hoffman), it’s also one of the best films I’ve seen this year. 

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I’m ready for the all-female remake

Don’t sleep on this if you’re into action – try to catch it if you can.

My Rating

4.5/5.

 

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

IMDB Synopsis

Five years after the events of Mamma Mia! (2008), Sophie learns about her mother’s past while pregnant herself.

*Minor spoilers*

Donna is no longer with us, though we don’t find out in this sequel what happened to our vivacious heroine. Instead we meet her daughter Sophie again (Amanda Seyfried) on the cusp of reopening Donna’s beloved B&B in Greece.

Sophie it seems now spends her days on the beautiful island that stole her mother’s heart all those years ago and has dedicated much time to renovating and relaunching the picturesque guesthouse. Things are lively there as she leans on her hotel manager friend Fernando (LOL) (Andy Garcia) for help getting everything just so before the big opening party. 

While she juggles all this she also has concerns over her own relationship with Sky (Dominic Cooper) who has just been offered a kick arse job back in the USA. Both seem to be heading in different directions which can’t be a good thing…

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As Donna’s BFFs Tanya and Rosie (Christine Baranski and the mighty Julie Walters) rock up for the party, Sophie learns something new and life-changing about herself – but will she get her happy ending?

Oh, and what’s the real story of how Donna came to have a child with three potential baby daddies anyway?

Mamma Mia! HWGA takes us on a journey through Donna’s past as she leaves university to travel and find herself. We learn how she met each of the men in her life – Harry, Bill and Sam – and settled down with the true love of her life in a little home in Greece: I’m talking about Sophie, of course.

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Lily James is gorgeous as young Donna, all golden hair and luminous skin, and she does Meryl absolutely proud, I think. As Donna loves and loses, she also gains everything and it’s really nice to be sitting in a cinema with a bunch of over-excited work mates (of all ages) watching a musical with a nice message like this. God knows we need more joy in our every day.

While it’s bittersweet in that the main character is dead, it’s a feel good movie to the end and examines motherhood in a way that made me cry like a wee baby. Plus, in ‘present day’, Sophie’s grandma rocks up uninvited and I think we all know who she is… rhymes with Bear…

Special shout out to the young men playing the baby daddies, especially Josh Dylan as Young Bill. HELLO! Julie Walters robs every scene as far as I’m concerned – and Cher‘s Fernando (to Fernando) gave me chills. What a dame.

In fact, everyone’s on their A-game here and even if not all the singing or the music hits the mark (looking at you, Dominic Cooper), it’s fun fun fun in the sun and you can’t fight it. 

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Bring on Part 3!

My Rating

3.5/5.