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Ant-Man and The Wasp! Review!

Ok, let’s get this over with. Arguably, this is the weakest Marvel film of 2018 so far! But, is it a bad film? Definitely not!

Set some time after Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is near the end of his two-year stint under home arrest. While he has reconnected with his family, Scott has not been in contact with Hope or Hank since his actions in assisting Cap in Germany. But, when the scientists begin work with the quantum realm, it isn’t long until the former con is back in the fold.

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Ok, I will do a more in-depth look at the film at a later time. There is a lot to take from this movie, first of all is the humour. While Avengers: Infinity War was a more intense and serious affair, Ant-Man and The Wasp is definitely the perfect tonic to the higher stakes we have already experienced. With the comedic timing of Paul Rudd and the unbelievably talented Michael Pena as he gives us some more fantastic improv to bring tears of laughter to the eyes of the audience. Also, the size jokes continue to be a thing…a great, funny, silly over-the-top THING!

The film is not all about Rudd and Pena; though they could honestly do a 2-hour feature with just the pair of them and I would be sold! Evangeline Lilly is indeed a highlight portraying the titular Wasp, it marks a great progression from her first MCU appearance as the feisty Hope looking to fill the boots of her mother (and doing a damn good job). Michelle Pfeiffer’ Janet is great and I hope someone we will see more of in Phase Four! Also, could Hannah John-Kamen’s Ghost be one of the most conflicting antagonists to come so far? Also, wasn’t Walton Goggins fun? How about I just say the whole cast was fantastic (Abby Ryder Fortson is just so adorable as Scott’s daughter, you just really hope she wasn’t subjected to that infamous snap!).

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The film, much like the first, does relish in its smaller scale. Whereas Infinity War and Black Panther had worldwide repercussions, this was a more personal story filled with as many Easter eggs as a supermarket the day after Christmas! If you love some comic goodness or just an affiliation with a certain British musician, this will be right up your street! The special effects reflect well with this and again provide many size related spectacles and gags which again mostly all land. Seeing a GIANT Ant-Man in the water was in one way truly amazing and cheesy in equal measure. Also the car collection, why did that work so well?

If I had a critical point to make, it is within the post-credit scenes (yes, we get two!). While the first clip gives a great tease of what is to come, the second feels like it could have done with maybe a bit more substance. The second actually gives a great hint of what to expect in the future, but it feels almost wasted for a laugh which barely made a chuckle in the packed cinema screen.

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Overall, I have to say I really had a lot of fun. It’s not the best MCU film of this year and would barely scratch my top 10, but there is an appreciation for this segment of the established universe and I do have a particular love for the lead characters. While this sequel may be the most important, it’s fair to say that a potential Ant-Man 3 would make more than perfect sense considering where we conclude!

Give yourself a laugh this summer and remember that we had to wait 4 more weeks in the UK because they thought this film would tank during the World Cup…I waited and I can’t wait for my second viewing.

Final rating: 8/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Marvel Studios ANT-MAN AND THE WASP..L to R: Wasp/Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018
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Game Of Thrones – The Red Woman. “If you were planning to see tomorrow, you picked the wrong room.”

Who would have thought that Game Of Thrones would be able to blend some rather gripping scenes with possibly some of the funniest moments the show has ever had? The start to Season Six takes us to where Season Five finished…looking over the lifeless body of former Lord Commander, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington). He manages to get plenty of screen time as a corpse, but will this last throughout the series? Can you really imagine Kit Harrington is being paid to play dead? Maybe I should take up this acting malarkey!

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Speaking of death, we also see the effect that Cersei and Jamie feel from the death/murder of their daughter Myrcella. Though she was never a main character in the series, her death has surely made a huge dent to the Lannister family. Hopefully Cersei and Jamie will get more scenes as we need to see what the next action will be that they take. Speaking of Lannister’s, anyone remember Tyrion? After he became an ally to the queen of Meereen, a certain Daenerys Targaryen, he seemed to be receiving the higher life again. But since Daenerys had disappeared, Meereen is falling into chaos. Daenerys is now hanging with the Dothraki again, and it looks like it will not be good news for her (is it ever good news?). Also, two of her captors spend a good amount of time discussing what colour the hair on a certain region of her body is. These really cruel, merciless warriors are shown to be really funny. Why was talking about the colour of pubic hair and how one of them likes to talk after love making, and what about the f**king your grandma bit? This show really made me laugh, and I loved it. There is just so much going on in this episode, we get to see almost everyone and what they are up to now since that epic finale last year.

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What about the people we really hate? Well they are still there. Ramsay continues to search for his wife Sansa and Theon so that his father Roose’s plan can still work by having Sansa as a figurehead for their eventual campaign against the Lannister’s. There is just so many stories going on. Have we mentioned that Brienne and Podrick saves Sansa and offers her services…again? Or that Ser Davos seems eager to protect the body of Jon Snow? Or how about Arya on the streets of Braavos after her eyesight was taken from her? Yes, Game Of Thrones came back in a superb way and looked to tie up many of its loose ends as quickly as it could. But all eyes were on the title character for this episode. Melisandre. ‘The Red Woman’ was effective at teasing the power that she holds, and there is definitely more to Jon Snow than just being a part of the décor at Castle Black. That last scene with Melisandre will make many people really look at her differently from now on.

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If there is something I have learnt from watching this show, it is that D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are definitely the right guys to continue into the world of Westoros beyond where the books lie (so far). While many people were expecting to see a walking, talking Jon Snow, it was fair to say Kit Harrington probably earned some of his easiest money ever just laying down for the whole episode. Most of the top acting this week came from The Wall. Liam Cunningham proves a great strength with the loyalists and his immediate co-star Carice Van Houten really makes you feel for her character, even if many people were not keen on her to begin with. While there wasn’t nearly enough to explore to give a full opinion on each storyline, we know we have another 9 hours of TV to come to see where we will be going. Hopefully we will see more of Maisie Williams tackling her new side to Arya, more from Peter Dinklage as the always delightful Tyrion and hopefully some more humorous banter (I don’t like using that word, but Dothraki banter was actually very funny).  The show we all love is back, and this strong start promises to bring so much to us. Jon Snow could still come back, so there is that too!

Final Rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

A preview of Episode 2 of Season 6. ‘Home’. Coming Sunday 1st May on HBO in the US and Monday 3rd May on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

The Other Side Of The Door. “You Must Not Open The Door”

 

Johannes Roberts has been very busy for the last few years, since the release of the 2012 film Storage 24, Johannes has been hard at work on some new films which will shock and scare you. Well…this one does have a few shocks in it. Starting off, the horror cred is strong with the inclusion of The Walking Dead star Sarah Wayne Callies as she portrays Maria. Set in India, a mother and her children are involved in a car accident which brings about the death of her song Oliver. Falling in to a deep depression, Maria is told by her housekeeper Piki that she can bring her son back to say goodbye. By following a ritual, at an abandoned temple, in the middle of nowhere, she can communicate to him, but cannot open the door that holds him back. Well, I am sure you can guess what she does…still guessing…yep, she opens the god damn door!

The film reaches a great turning point as we begin to see a more psychological game happen. Where we now know that an ancient evil has been unleashed, we begin to see Maria’s mind begin to fracture. Her daughter Lucy knows that her brother is back, but it’s not a happy reunion. Then we see her husband Michael is oblivious to the fact that they are being haunted by Oliver. Not only has Maria got to contend with her now demonic son, but also the horrific god is after her and then there is the tribe who looks to keep the balance of life and death also looking to bring Oliver back to his place of rest. It all goes insane, Maria is barely holding on to her mind as “Oliver” begins to work against her and then the deaths begin. I don’t want to spoil how it all goes in the end, but let’s just say the title will be more than appropriate when it comes to the closing credits.

A ghost story which uses a lot of supernatural themes and the twist given to it in this movie is definitely welcome. Director/Co-Writer Johannes Roberts will hopefully be on his way up the ladder with this movie, he truly can make great pieces and this is an example to get you onto his films. The setting of Mumbai does make it interesting and adds to the atmosphere, I mean would you really have a spare temple in England? (If there is one, then that could be a sequel). THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR is clearly a creepy film which really does give us a huge lot of development on lead character Maria and her journey is given such great detail. Sarah Wayne Callies really does pull off her part well in this movie, she truly embodies the part so well. Jeremy Sisto, though is a strong and supporting character, he does seem to be absent at certain points. But I have to say young actress Sofia Rosinsky really does give a great performance and convinces you throughout the film. Also, I initially found it hard to say whether or not Suchitra Pillai-Malik’s character Piki was actually helping or wanting to cause chaos (I really thought she was purposely wanting to bring chaos), but we do find out her real feelings as the film goes on. It’s not a perfect horror, but it certainly will creep you out.

Final Rating: 7.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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