Review: Men in Black 3
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.” (MIB3.org)
- Rated: PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence
“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.
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!”