Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp is the newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and definitely will not be the last. This film stars returning Paul Rudd as Ant-Man (Scott), Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp (Hope), and Michael Douglas as Hank. The story is about trying to get Hope’s mom back from the sub-atomic quantum realm because she’s been in there since 1987 trying to disable a soviet missile and only now is it possible to bring her back to regular size. While they are trying to bring her back, Scott is on his last couple of days of being on house arrest and one of Hank’s former colleagues, Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), is trying to save a quantumly unstable girl, Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) that Hank has the technology for. In this film it is apparent that Marvel is getting more creative with there villains, there isn’t too much of a villain in this film, it’s more of just a race against time and no one really has a very ill intent. Though there is a lack of a very mean villain, the film has suits that shrink, and resize and what-not, which make for some creative action scenes. The contrast between the scenes of Hank being extremely small cutting to see Scott extremely large are done very well. some of the parts were a little confusing and it just cut to another scene with little explanation, but it wasn’t too bad. Comedically, this movie excells, like the first film, but I think that the ongoing joke of Luis (Michael Peña) having long backstories for everything should have been used just a little more. This movie is good.

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight has been regarded as possibly the best movie of the 21st century so far and that may very well be true. Christopher Nolan’s 2008 classic is likely the peak of superhero films, let alone, DC comic films, especially when compared to recent ones. This movie stars Christian Bale as Batman, Heath Ledger as the Joker, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and many more familiar faces. Many movies are a one time thing and a second viewing could only ruin the movie for yourself, but The Dark Knight is re-watchable multiple times without it becoming boring. An incredible feature about the film is the lack of CGI because Nolan doesn’t like it at all and prefers action scenes that aren’t made in a computer. This adds to the film because all of the crashes and bangs are real, and it doesn’t feel fake and it won’t look much faker in years to come. Not all of the credit for this great film belongs to Nolan though, I couldn’t talk about this movie without mentioning the spectacular performance by Heath Ledger as the Joker. Ledger had a short career, but a memorable one, when people hear his name they usually think of this film, and for good reason. He arguably had the best portrayal of the Joker of all time. The casting crew for this movie did a great job and all of the characters and faces work with their motives. This film also has an incredible score by Hans Zimmer and is now one of the most recognizable themes of a movie ever. This movie is engaging and exciting, anyone can watch it and be entertained by it. It simply is an amazing film.