US (5/26/12)—The original Men In Black movie (1997), as well as the sequel, Men In Black II (2002), hold their own special place in American pop culture and have even spawned a following of highly diverse fans. But with the third installment of the sci-fi comedy series debuting to US audiences this weekend, will the men in black be able to “stay out of the red,” so to speak?
Here’s the breakdown:
A gruff and gnarly-as-nails alien named Boris “The Animal” (Jemaine Clement) escapes from lockdown and vows to overthrow Earth while simultaneously getting revenge on the man who defeated him years ago: Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones). Soon after breaking free, the big-time baddy gets his clutches on a time traveling device and makes his way back to the day he fought with the MIB agent in 1969. After learning of the scheme, Agent J (Will Smith) also travels back in time in an attempt to save both his partner’s life and the world. After arriving, Agent J inadvertently, albeit humorously, becomes acquainted with a young Agent K (Josh Brolin). From there, the two track down the interstellar criminal in a way only two oddly matched partners can—amidst both hilarity and heart.
OK, so is it worth the nearly $10 cost of admission?
As corny as this might sound, MIB movies are just plain fun to watch. MIB 3 is no different. In fact, it was right up there with the original MIB for yours truly.
Sure, there are some comparatively less-than-phenomenal special effects here and there, as well as random moments when the comedy might fall flat, but overall, the on-screen chemistry between the “know-it-all” Agent J and the straight-shootin’ Agent K (both young and old), is as good or better than it ever was. Throw in a slew of awesomely weird and sometimes kitschy aliens, several humorous nods to the former films for fans, a never-ending arrangement of odd situations for the agents to experience, and a cool new bad guy played by none other than Flight of the Concords bassist, Jermaine Clement, and you have a pretty cool movie.
As far as the acting, Josh Brolin nailed his portrayal of the young Agent K of the ‘60s. From his dry wit and old-school approach out in the field, to his facial expressions and physical movements, Brolin pulled out all the stops and did a fantastic job of showing audiences what Agent K could have once been. On that same note, Jermaine Celment’s performance as Boris was surprisingly on point. Though normally a laugh-inspiring comedian, Clement did a phenomenal job of being “bigger and badder” than life and actually lent a lot to the film’s darker side. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, as well as their MIB colleague, Agent O (Emma Thompson/Alice Eve), their instrumental interstellar aid, Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg), and the rest of the cast, did great jobs acting, too.
Though I don’t wish to ruin the surprise I will say this as well: the resolution in MIB 3 is excellent and actually makes the entire series even that much better.
Of course, MIB 3 is no Shindler’s List, but for its comedic and sometimes heartfelt content, as well as it’s strange campy “fun factor,” yours truly gives the film a firm 3.75 stars out of 5.
Though there are some slightly adult moments in the film, including mild language and fantasy-style violence, the PG-13 rated movie is accessible to a wide variety of open-minded audiences looking for a good laugh.
To view an official theatrical trailer for the film, simply click the box attached below.
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