I saw the first Men In Black film in theatres and remembered hearing about that film while the world was ooohing and ahhhing Independance Day, both films which feature Will Smith. I thought that not only was Men In Black much better and funnier but the sets, action and chemistry Tommy Lee Jones had with Will Smith was great and they made two cool dudes with cool looking toys taking on the galactic scum of the universe and keeping everything under wraps. The sequel which came practically 6 YEARS later must have been made from some left over ideas that didn't make it into the first movie and introduces nothing new not to mention the movie is only 80 minutes long, when an hour long show is 40 minutes acounting for commericals, this could have been a two part series premiere for a MIB show and NOT a movie.
The plot has Will Smith's Agent Jay being dissolusioned with idiotic partners and when he learns that a new alien is in town and causing havoc looking for an alien light, he learns only one man can find it, Tommy Lee Jones who has had his memory wiped and retired from the MIB Agency. Jay must get Jones's Kay and go on a scavenger hunt to job Jones memory to find the light and save the Earth from Sarleena, the evil alien also looking for the light.
I was entertained, more acurately I was entertained while I waited for the good stuff to come. The problem was the good stuff is half hearted and not nearly as original or funny. The creators of the movie went out of their way bringing back as many names and faces from the previous film so that we can play "spot what was cool from the first movie" kinda like when you watch a Marvel movie and spot heroes for their one appearance on the screen. The only new face that I can think of is Rosario Dawson who plays Will Smith's potential love interest. Beautiful as always and talented, her screen time is slim.
Hype is established in the trailer for all the hype can do for the movie.
The movie is a sequel to the big 97 summer action movie. It is very mainstream and has two of the most recognizable names in Hollywood.
This gets a 1. It's not a BAD movie but things are really slipshod and everything is crammed into the short running time. The aliens aren't that funny and the movie really hangs on Jones and Smith's presense on screen to save it. I didn't touch on Sarleena much, I'll sum her up, shes a small weed that turns into Lara Flynn Boyle. All 80 lbs of her and wearing a lingerie piece throughout most of the movie. Theres in shape, theres slim, theres waif and then Lara Flynn. I don't like basing a like or hate on a character on attraction as long as the acting or character holds up, but Lara Flynn isn't the best choice for this character and to ME isn't attractive, I'm sorry. Want a cool/sexy actress to play the evil alien? Gillian Anderson, Claudia Black, Famke Jansen, Sigourney Weaver or yes Rosario Dawson recast as the villain are all names that come to mind who have sci fi or action background, look good, can act and would have been a better choice.
If you liked the first film or any of Will Smiths other big summer action films then this one isn't bad but you'll probably want to watch it twice since this thing is over in a blink of an eye.
MIB II runs way too short and is a little too slim on original ideas. Yes it was fun and more of the same but it really felt too much "same" to have been really good. If it ran another 20 minutes, had some really good solid ideas and jokes and it really would have been better and at least as good as the original. A third movie is in the works with a reported time travel story that already sounds better then this. I do wish I had one of those neuralizer beams from these movies to erase the movie from my mind and have Will Smith tell me that it really wasn't that bad and en even better movie is coming.
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