Why You Should Take Your Kids to See Ant-Man and The Wasp
If you haven’t taken your kids to a Marvel movie in awhile, take them to see ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. You and your kids will love it. This post is going to have spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it, keep that in mine now.
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is rated PG-13 mainly for the language. I’d love it if movies didn’t feel the need to use any language that people may find offensive, but it really is a given now. I was a preschool teacher, and I know that probably 80% of them hear it on a daily basis. It’s something to keep in mind.
If you have a very sensitive little one, they may be afraid during intense scenes like where The Wasp has to dodge knives being thrown at her.
I think that the messages portrayed in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP make this a movie you’ve got to see with your kids. You know them best, so always use your best judgement.
I have a great relationship with my dad, but I know many kids don’t get to experience a good relationship with their fathers. In ANT-MAN, Hope didn’t get along too well with her own dad until later in the movie. In ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, we get to see the restored relationship between Hope and Hank.
There is also the relationship Cassie has with her step-dad. A lot of kids live with a step-dad at least part of the time. I love that Paxton really cares about Cassie as if she were his own daughter. All of the group hugs in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP are adorable. It’s all one big happy family. Seeing a step-dad being portrayed as a good guy is great for kids.
Then, of course, there’s Scott. He’s the “World’s Greatest Grandma.” Cassie doesn’t live with her dad, but he makes sure each moment he spends with her is filled with joy. I mean look at the tunnel set up in his apartment. Totally awesome. And he never talks down to Cassie. I think it’s important for us to be truthful with our kids. Things can be scary and dangerous, but scary and dangerous are part of life.
Watching Cassie have a great relationship with Scott and Paxton is a great thing for kids to see. Cassie seems to know she doesn’t have to choose. She can love them both, and she is loved by them both.
Ghost and Loss
Ghost losing her parents may also be a hard thing for a sensitive child to see, but it is important for kids to know that if they ever would experience a loss, someone will be there for them like Bill Foster has been there for her. Ghost’s role in the movie brings up a lot of moral dilemmas that you can talk about with your teens. Like, “Is it okay to harm someone if it will help you (your pain)?” And, “Were Ghost’s forced actions something she should be punished for?” It’s a lot to talk about!
Strong Female Lead
I’ve told you before how much I love Evangeline Lilly. Did you know that The Wasp is the first female to appear in a Marvel movie title? Totally cool. In the comics, The Wasp was one of the founding Avengers, so we know she’s important in this world. She’s strong while keeping her femininity and vulnerability at the same time. She misses her mom, and you can see how much it affects her. But rather than being defeated, she fights for a way to get to her mom.
Good Financial Advice
Who would have thought that you could teach your kids about finances by watching a Marvel movie?! But, hey! Luis is on the straight and narrow now. He’s running his own business and being budget savvy when it comes to breakfast. Luis recommends oatmeal packets over the “fancy pastry.” I think that when the Blu-ray comes out, they should have a “Luis’s tips for saving money” extra!
Yes, that part above was hilarious in the movie, and humor is a huge part of ANT-MAN AND THE WASP.
Scott’s trophy “World’s Greatest Grandma” is just epic. I want to know who thought up that bit. Then later when Cassie tells Scott, “You can do it. You are the world’s greatest grandma.”
Kurt and Dave are back with Luis in their newly formed security company, “X-Con,” and they’re just as funny as ever. They don’t have quite as much screen time as in ANT-MAN, but I do love those guys.
The entire “truth serum” scene (actually both truth serum scenes) are show stealers. The whole theatre was cracking up when they’re all arguing over the fact that there’s no such thing as a truth serum. And then Luis’s story while under the truth serum is the best and funniest part of the movie. I love how he complains about Scott loading the dishwasher! I usually just end up rearranging the dishes…. “Who puts the plates on top?!” I’ll bet you’ve complained a time or two about how your kids load the dishwasher! They’ll totally be able to relate.
Remember the scene where Luis is talking about having the van washed and he got the undercarriage done too? Then they talk about that being a rip-off. THIS scene is the big payoff from that discussion. Even the big chase scenes have hilarious moments.
Though the scenes with Jimmy Woo, FBI Agent, are really funny, they bring more diversity to Marvel. I listened to an interview with Randall Park, who plays Woo. He said that he found out that Woo has been around since the 50s even predating the Marvel world, and Woo was the first Asian to be shown in a positive light in that world. Very cool, and definitely something you can discuss with your kids.
If your kids haven’t seen AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, you might want to leave before this especially if they’ll be upset by it. If they’re older and have scene it, this will be something you’re talking about for days after! Be sure to get there before this scene gets spoiled for you!
These are just some of the reasons you should take your kids to see ANT-MAN AND THE WASP! Go today!
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