Jan 16

Men in Black III

mib3Genre: Action / Sci-Fi
Year: 2012
Country: USA

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jermaine Clement, Emma Thompson


They are back… in time


Agent K’s old nemesis Boris The Animal gets out of the intergalactic prison that has held him kept away for over forty years. Boris has a plan to get revenge on Agent K and also unleash his Boglodite invasion. His plan is to get back in time and kill Agent K to change the history of time.

Agent K follows after, leaving Agent J in the dark of what’s going on. He wakes up in the changed world and is the only one who remembers K. After doing some investigating, he tracks down a time device to get to 1969 to find the younger version of K and help him destroy Boris and set things right.

It’s been fifteen years since the first Men in Black hit the cinemas together with the smash hit song by Will Smith. A successful sequel came out five years later and ten years after that one we now get the third film of this series, which again proved to be a huge success on the box office.

I enjoyed the first one a lot and think it’s a very funny and entertaining film with Will Smith in his prime. I honestly can’t remember much about the sequel at all and I guess that says everything about that one.

The story isn’t very good and it seems like they just went back in time to figure out a way to get this film done without having to use Tommy Lee Jones in the majority of the film. Jones looks too old these days to be apart of an action filled ride like a MiB movie is supposed to be. That leaves most of the film to be carried by Will Smith as Agent J and as the main leading character he doesn’t get to be as funny as he was in the first one but he is one of the few Hollywood actors of today that I enjoy watching in whatever film he is doing. Josh Brolin steps in as the younger version of K and he becomes sort of a parody of the version of K portrayed by Jones. I do prefer the scenes with Jones and Smith more, but Brolin does do an acceptable job with his part.

The villain this time is Boris the Animal, played by Jermain Clement who is known from Flight of the Conchords). Boris is some sort of insect creature who looks menacing, but is also a very cheesy and generic monster. Barry Sonnenfeld is back after directing the two previous ones aswell and I think it could have been a better idea to find someone else who might have been able to give the saga a fresh view.

The action works well here, but the humour is sort of missing. I mean it is there, but it’s just not as funny as the first one. The running gag of our biggest celebrities being aliens was fun in the first one, but who really finds it funny that Lady Gaga is supposed to be an alien these days? The 60’s scenes also fails on the comedic level. I don’t see what’s so funny about seeing a couple of hippies on the streets.

Men in Black 3 is a silly sci-fi action that although looks like it lacks certain charm and heart, it still manages to become an enjoyable experience. It’s fun to see Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones together again even though they don’t share that many scenes in this one. The ending also makes the entire film series feel complete and I think it’s time to say goodbye to the Men in Black.




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