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Review: Men in Black 3

May 30, 2012

Men in Black 3

  • Starring: Will Smith (Independence Day), Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men), and Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive)
  • Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Synopsis: “In “men in black™ 3,” agents j (will smith) and k (tommy lee jones) are back… in time. j has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the men in black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. but when k’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, agent j will have to travel back in time to put things right. j discovers that there are secrets to the universe that k never told him — secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young agent k (josh brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.” (
  • Rated: PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence
  • Trailer:

“Uh! Here come the MIB’s! Uh! Here come the MIB’s! The good guys dress in black. Remember that!…Here come the Men in Black!”

The Men in Black come back to the blockbuster big screen, and, 15 years after their 1997 debut, they still allow us to remember one thing: “The good guys dress in black!”

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (director of the previous two installments), Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones reprise their roles once again as Agents J and K, respectively. Joined by additional cast members such as Josh Brolin (a younger Agent K), Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson, Alice Eve, and even former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, Smith and the crew assemble to bring the comedy, story type, and feeling of the original back to memory in an enjoyable fashion. MIB3 is the fun sequel that MIB2 should have been.

In this third installment, an escaped alien criminal goes back in time to 1969 to eliminate Agent K, thus preventing the MIB agency from thwarting his “future” plans to destroy the earth. Upon realizing this, Agent J (Smith) travels back to a few days prior to K’s untimely murder in order to prevent his partner’s, the agency’s, and the earth’s destruction.

While it starts off slowly, it quickly takes off on an adventure full of aliens, time travel, and a 29 year old Agent K played awesomely by Josh Brolin. MIB MVP: Josh Brolin who impressively portrays the mannerisms, voice, and charisma of Tommy Lee Jones’ “older” Agent K. (I will agree with Fogs’MovieReviews in saying that IF they do a MIB4, I hope there is a way for them to use Brolin again!)

This adventure entertains and brings back several of the enjoyed elements of the previous films. Along the way it also ties in several questions that were left over from the previous two. A good sequel should always find impressive and subtle ways to tie in to the series.

Some things of note from this film (aside from Josh Brolin’s awesome performance). I was impressed by Flight of the Concords’ Jemaine Clement as the “Tim Curry-channeling” villain along with the look of some the retro aliens.

The late 60’s looked pretty awesome in this film. The end also impressed in an unexpected turn of events that nicely summed up the film and answered several questions. Although a little formulaic, MIB3 follows the formula and executes it with style and efficiency.

I’m glad to report you will not need a neuralizer to have your MIB3 watching experience zapped from your memory.

But I sure could have used one for the other May 25 new release, Chernobyl Diaries (review to soon follow). Enjoy Men In Black 3 in theaters now.

Score:  3.5 out of 5 stars for Men in Black

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer

up next: Review for Chernobyl Diaries…followed by “Trailer Time Thursday!”

26 Comments leave one →
  1. May 30, 2012 10:49 am

    From the reviews I have been reading it seems that almost everyone agrees on the same points: MIB2 was horrible, Everyone loved Josh Brolin and the ending of this new installment. You summed it up well. I am also hoping that Brolin can be used again in the 4th. So far Im hearing thats not the case, and are planning to cast Jaden Smith as a younger Agent J…hmmmmmmmmm…

    Ha! I can’t believe u wasted ur time going to see that catastrophe of a movie Chernobyl Diaries…aahahahahahhaa. I hope you didn’t step into the theatre hoping that movie was actually going to be good. I personally never do “Scream” movies. These are movies with trailers that has cast members screaming for no apparent reason except maybe a shadow…lol


    • May 30, 2012 7:25 pm

      Those points seem to be agreed upon by most no doubt.

      Yeah…I did see Chernobyl on a whim. and let’s just say that it was a waste of time. I am trying to finish my review. Been super super busy with multiple projects lately. It may not post until the weekend.

      Have any movie plans for the weekend?


      • May 31, 2012 9:22 am

        Well there isn’t much out this wknd. I am defintely going to see SWATH, and I am planning to see independent film The Intouchables today. What about yourself?


      • June 1, 2012 10:08 am

        SWATH is all I saw this weekend. I am finishing my review and then I think that’s all I will bother to see. Maybe another round of The Avengers just for the fun of it, but this weekend screams “Stay home and catch up on stuff” to me! i.e. read up on everyone’s pages. 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend.


      • June 1, 2012 11:33 am

        Yeah I look forward to weekends like this, with only 1 major release…lol. I hope u enjoy ur wknd too! 🙂


  2. May 30, 2012 10:50 am

    Great review, T. I gave it the same score. The opening sequences were so rough but I thought it was excellent once it got past the introduction phase.


    • May 30, 2012 7:24 pm

      Brian, thanks man. Glad you enjoyed. I will have to stop in and visit over the weekend!


  3. May 30, 2012 11:21 am

    Sounds like what I was expecting. More of the same from the first MiB, which was a lot of fun. Josh Brolin in the trailer alone cracked me up as the young Agent K. Looking forward to seeing that.


    • May 30, 2012 7:24 pm

      Josh Brolin really was the reason I wanted to see this one too. I wasn’t too thrilled with #2 and held low expectations for this one. Brolin made it worth it for me.


  4. May 30, 2012 11:35 am

    I’ll agree with this part totally – “MIB3 follows the formula” LOL

    I dont want to hate on it, I thought it was ok. Felt a little “mailed in” though. You know? Its an alright enough diversion I suppose.


    • May 30, 2012 7:23 pm

      haha. It was fun. I was glad you checked it out and reviewed it too my man.

      It does follow that expected formula no doubt.


  5. sanclementejedi permalink
    May 30, 2012 1:46 pm

    Spoilers Below:

    I enjoyed hating on this film. Just look at the plot holes.
    Agent J has to jump 3000 feet to get the time travel to work in the beginning then he is able to jump 360 feet off that launch tower and it still works?
    That ending made no sense whatsoever, how would those events justify Agent K being a prick to Agent J for 3 films? Wouldn’t just the opposite be true?
    Also why is Agent J the only one who remembers agent K when he is killed back in time? Why would Agent J even be an agent at that point if he was recruited by Agent K in the first place.

    These my friends are the sort of plot holes you get when you are writing and shooting your film at the same time.

    I did enjoy Brolin’s performance but he was slumming.


    • May 30, 2012 7:22 pm

      haha. Thanks for the fun comment man and thank you for the spoiler alert prior to.

      I see what you’re saying and especially in the jump…I was questioning myself. But in the end, I really couldn’t over analyze given that I found myself really enjoying this so much more than the 2nd MIB.

      LOL at the writing/shooting line though.

      Brolin was amazing!


  6. May 30, 2012 7:29 pm

    I wasn’t really interested in this one in the first place


    • May 30, 2012 7:37 pm

      no? well, I will say that you will miss out on an impressive run by Josh Brolin! But you’d have to be up on your Tommy Lee Jones/Agent K to really appreciate his translation! 🙂


  7. May 31, 2012 2:58 am

    I am pleased you liked this one T. I reckon I will await a blu release, but I think it could be fun… thanks for the review!!


    • June 1, 2012 10:02 am

      It was fun. Thanks for taking the time to read it Scott.


  8. May 31, 2012 3:13 am

    Glad to read you enjoyed it. Don’t know yet if I’ll be able to catch it in the cinema, but it will be one I’ll check out.


    • June 1, 2012 10:02 am

      I did enjoy watching it. Did you like the first MIB?


      • June 2, 2012 1:35 pm

        Yeah, although I can’t say I’m a big fan of MIB, but it was very enjoyable.


      • June 4, 2012 10:31 pm

        It was. MIB2 made me not enjoy the franchise, but MIB3 reeled me back in.


  9. Paula permalink
    May 31, 2012 7:39 am

    Great review T, good summary and no spoilers. I saw the first MIB but not the second so will probably get the DVDs from Netflix at the same time. Chernobyl Diaries, huh? That looked really scary to me, i’ll look for that review.


    • June 1, 2012 10:05 am

      Thanks Paula! it was fun.

      I try very hard to always maintain spoiler-free reviews! I want you to enjoy it without. 🙂

      Yes, I am working on finishing up my review for CD. haha, don’t bother to watch it. my review will be fun though! LOL


  10. June 7, 2012 6:37 am

    Still haven’t seen it but it looks like a fun film. I think the key for me is to keep my expectations in check. But any film that has time travel in it always makes me happy.


    • June 8, 2012 9:58 am

      big time travel movie fan huh? Back to the Future, Time Machine, etc…Which time travel movie would be your favorite? it’s always an intriguing concept.



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