Movie Review: Quantumania
Review by: Josie Lorenz
Directed by: Peyton Reed
For a movie that has been heavily hyped since its announcement over two years ago, Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was so incredibly average.
Quantumania follows Avenger, Scott Lang (Antman), and his family as they are once again sucked into the terrifying and little-known Quantum realm. They need a way home, a strange character knows how but, you guessed it, it won’t be that easy.
The third film in the Ant-Man saga was really nothing special. It had its strong suits but the film simply felt stale. Leaving the theater, only the beginning of the movie and the end stick out, the rest is a blur. Whenever our protagonists reached a potential major plot point, they rushed to the next, leaving each stop feeling pointless. It felt as if the filmmakers had to make a time quota and were unawarely chasing their own tails.
The world-building of the Quantum realm was really attention-grabbing with its use of distinct biomes and color galore. When we see the Quantum realm in previous movies, every shot looks the same: a barren wasteland with some color floating in the air. But within minutes of being introduced to the Quantum realm, we see a fungi-like biome and a floating, rocky biome, really adding depth to the infinite idea of the Quantum realm.
The growth of Scott and his daughter, Cassie’s, relationship was quite enjoyable. When we last left Scott and Cassie in Avengers: Endgame, Scott had just returned from the Quantum realm to find Cassie, now five years older than before he left, distraught to see him. Cassie believed her father was dead and her character growth throughout this period was evident in Quantumania. It becomes clear that Cassie will never regain the time lost with her father, but throughout the movie, the two bridge this gap and navigate their complex relationship together.
While a lot of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania felt like filler, the ventures taken to explore the quantum realm made for a truly beautiful film.