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Ant-Man and the Wasp - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Dumb Fun!"

Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man and the Wasp is the 20th movie in the illustrious Marvel Cinematic Universe and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña in recurring roles and Hannah John-Kamen portrays the villainous character of Ghost alongside with Walton Goggins.

Facing few repercussions due to his involvement in The Civil War, Scott Lang is in house arrest spending quality time with his daughter and his helping his waggish gang in running a security company. On the other side, Hope and Hank Pym were in a hideout trying to find, explore and create the possibilities of going inside the quantum realm in hopes to find Janet (Hank's wife) who is lost and trapped in the abyss. But, they soon find trouble with the arrival of the Ghost, who has her own agenda when it comes to capturing something significant.

Let's start with the positives, as always, much like every other MCU movie, the action sequences were a delight to watch. They're enough exhilarating scenes sprinkled all throughout the film to keep you entertained despite few storyline issues. Furthermore, the visual effects is another noteworthy positive of the film, as it is amazing to experience the marvel of CGI and the up-and-coming de-aging effect on the silver screen.

Advancing to the characters, the relationship between Scott Lang and his daughter Cassie is once again one of the primary highlights of the film and it is heartwarming to watch them together on-screen. But, Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp is the stand-out character as she had much more delve into in this film and she served as the perfect counterpart for the Ant-Man. 

However, here are the negatives. Back in 2015, in my review of Ant-Man, I openly wrote that I'm not a huge fan of the film's storyline cause it's too ordinary or orthodox for me. Now, with this film, the story felt much more uninteresting, unimportant and overall mundane to watch. You might make a point or even argue that MCU needed a much lighter toned film coming off the chaos of Infinity War, but, if you take this as an individual film or maybe watch it after few years, I'm sure that you'll most probably find it lackluster.

Also, due to the insipid plot, the screenplay also suffered substantially as the writers tried to narrate the story in a perplexing fashion which did not do any favors. The villains were once again disappointing as nothing felt like a serious threat to Ant-Man, Wasp or even Luis. Likewise, Michael Peña's comedic act quickly got stale and unhumorous after a certain point as it carried on hit to the same beats again and again.

Overall, Ant-Man and the Wasp felt like the majority of the Marvel films; packed with entertaining action scenes, quick-fire comedy and a minimal intrigue added to the plot. I consider this as dumb fun cause it appealed more to the 8-year old sitting next to me who flabbergasted when the Hello Kitty Pez dispenser came out flying from the back door of a van and I have to say that he started to annoy me after a while with his buddy by screaming and jumping out-of-the-seat several times. Anyhow, back to my verdict, fortunately, there's plenty of fun that you can have with this film but it just felt like an ordinary film which is easily forgettable the next day.

My Rating - 2.75/5 | Grade - C+ (A Decent Flick!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Ant-Man - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Fun Little Popcorn Flick!"

At the first impression, who else thought that a movie about Ant-Man would be ridiculous? Most certainly, we all did! But with a stalwart presence like "Marvel Studios" behind it, we can all reach an understanding that everything is in good hands.

Following the origin story of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) as Ant-Man, the movie starts on a critical note with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) trying to prevent his adversary Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) from marketing the Yellow Jacket, as he thinks that it's unsafe in certain situations. 

As the story progresses, Pym decides to wind down Darren's ferocity by training Scott as the Ant-Man and organizes a heist to steal or destroy the Yellow Jacket.

Similar to every other Marvel movie,  Ant-Man has few impediments when it comes to setting up a new franchise. At the outset, the story was never exhilarating. Sure! It was simple, understandable and never felt like an ostentatious superhero extravaganza. But I never felt that I'm watching something very distinctive that would've been possible with a tight screenplay. Unfortunately, it felt generic and incredibly predictable.

Then it comes to the characters in the movie. Remember when director David Ayer took the center stage for the Suicide Squad panel at Comic-Con and ranted about Marvel not having commanding villains? Well, he was not wrong! Corey Stall as Darren Cross is horrible in the movie and it's not even his fault. He never seemed like a formidable threat to Pym nor Lang and felt like he was just present to share one liners and create a comprehensive good guy, bad guy drama.

Evangeline Lilly as Hope was a complete surprise in the movie, as her character felt significant and essential for future installments. But the romantic angle between her and Lang appeared to be rushed without any development. Michael Pena, T.I and David were completely astounding in their characters, but the progress and screen presence was quite minimal.

But on a brighter side, the movie had the amusing vibe throughout its run time, the visual effects looked great and the screenwriters made sure that the portrayal of the Ant-Man character on-screen was not silly or stupid by any means.

Overall, Ant-Man was a fun little movie theater experience that will appeal you if you don't take the plot too seriously. The comedy, visual effects and the performances made the movie tolerable to watch, but like I stated earlier in my review it was not stimulating nor distinct and is quite forgettable. 

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining with noticeable flaws!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Ant-Man - Posters and Stills: Click Here

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Movie Review

Verdict - "A decent way to end a majestic franchise. Hobbit 3 is an incredible action-packed experience."

Two trilogies, six movies, one epic tale! It should be disheartening to see our very own beloved franchise finally concluding this time. Heroic stories were told in a spectacular way and we're lucky enough to experience everything in a theatre with the best visual effects possible. Here's my review for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies".

The movie kicks off with Smaug destroying Laketown in a barbaric fashion. Eventually the belittled hero of the town, Bard puts down the beast and a legion of orcs and elves start to wind up at Erebor, which is now jam-packed with gold and ruled by it's very own suzerain, Thorin.

Now the obvious question that battered our mind before the release was that, will this movie stand-out as a well structured narrative? Is there enough story left to make a movie out of it. Well! that ideally brings in my complaints about the movie, it did have few narrative issues.

At the outset, the subplots in the movie are pretty boring, I completely understand that all the characters must conclude sooner or later, but it was a little dreary. I didn't hate it, but the love angle between Tauriel and Kili and the character arc of Bard and his family didn't make an impact.

Also, identical to my previous argument, they're too many unwanted characters added in this movie which simply elongated the runtime with no definite reason. Are they vitally needed? There's no enduring reason. And it's also quite tough to keep up with these characters and remember them.

With all my complaints and arguments out-of-the-way, I can now say that the action in this movie was astounding. Although final act was a bit lengthy filled with all the awe-inspiring battle sequences and the dramatic scenes, it was still incredible to watch all the armies team up and going after the orcs and the director Peter Jackson did a fabulous job in displaying them perfectly and the overall structure for the final act really looked good.

Furthermore, I did observe the CGI in the movie was a little underwhelming. It didn't looked great mainly the orcs were appaling, little more effort could've helped it. The addition of 48 fps in 3D was pretty amazing to look at, because it's quite indifferent when compared to all the usual 3D movies.

When it comes to the cast, the most superior characters are Bilbo and Thorin. Martin Freeman was decent as usual and the climax scene which he had with Thorin was heartwarming. Richard Armitage was the best out-of-the-bunch in my opinion, because his character has a little more insight in the movie with numerous shades and layers included it and Armitage was flawless in executing it.

Finally, this is a decent way to end the franchise but it's not quite remarkable. Sure, the movie have few incredible moments to watch, but they're also certain parts which didn't really fit well and that's my only complaint about the movie. Nevertheless, it's a type of movie where you can enjoy watching it in the theatre other than in a home video.

My Rating - 3.5/5
Grade - B+ (A perfect weekend pick!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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