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Men in Black

  • May 2, 2011
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If Men in Black had been done differently, if the directing had been different, if the characters were played by different people, it could have been an average summer movie. But it isn't. Men in Black has all the visual thrill and dazzling action of a summer sci-fi action movie, but it succeeds due to the fact that it's just so cool. That's the perfect word to describe this movie, cool. The characters are cool, the premise is cool, the special effects are cool, I mean who in their right mind can't like this movie in at least one way? One of the best summer blockbusters of all time and one of my most beloved movies from childhood, Men in Black is solid in almost every way.

The story starts out with Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and his pre-Will Smith partner investigating some aliens when circumstances force him to erase his partner's memory. James Edwards, later known as Agent J (Will Smith) is an NYPD officer who sights an alien and comes into contact with K because of it. He is invited to try out for the Men in Black, an elite government division that specializes in monitoring and controlling alien activity. Meanwhile, an alien bug possessing a dead farmer (Vincent D'Onofrio) is attacking the city looking for a galaxy that happens to be on the collar of a cat. It's just too bad a violent alien species is also looking for that galaxy and they will attack Earth if they don't get it. A dying alien (of that species) gives J and K the clues and they must find it and defeat the bug so Earth will be saved.

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones wouldn't be two people that you would expect to have instant rapport and great chemistry, would you? Well, they do. The two actors are great in their own right and are perfectly cast as agents J and K respectively. They also work very well together and make their characters awesome, but human at the same time. Their partnership is very similar to buddy-cop movies, especially with the old, learned cop and the young rookie characters, which are personified by Smith and Jones perfectly. With them, it doesn't really seem like a cliche at all. As for the other actors, Vincent D'Onofrio is wonderful as Edgar (the posessed farmer). He is a wonderful actor in pretty much everything he's in, and I have great respect for him having to do a role where he constantly had to give a good performance with his face all funny. I realize some of it was added through CGI, but nonetheless, he was good. Linda Florentino was solid as Laura Weaver/Agent L and Rip Torn was pretty good as Agent Zed.

The special effects for this movie were downright awesome and worthy of the Oscar they won. The aliens looked incredibly realistic and they also were designed very creatively. I haven't seen the second film in forever, so I can't verify their special effects, but these ones are downright extraordinary. The cinematography and art direction are splendid as well, so the film on a visual level is fantastic. I can't really point out any obvious flaws in the movie, so it's just shy of a perfect score. The action scenes were also terrific, but not much more can be said for this movie so I'll make one more point before I wrap this up. The script is hilarious, and this is one of the funniest, well-written action movies I've ever seen.

All in all, Men in Black is nothing short of an epic movie. It could have been an ordinary forgettable summer blockbuster, but it transcended that and became an extraordinary sci-fi action comedy, and one of the best of all three of its genres. This is due to its perfectly cast leads, cool script, great premise, and of course...aliens! I would classify this as a must-see and encourage you to check it out as soon as possible if you haven't already. Men in Black is certainly a movie I won't be forgetting anytime soon, even with the upcoming third film (ugh...) So see it, and you won't be disappointed.

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In the 1950s a super-secret government agency was formed to monitor and police the activities of extraterrestrial aliens on the planet Earth. Some 40 years later a founding father of the agency, Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones), finds himself with a new smart-mouthed partner fresh from the NYPD who is soon dubbed Agent Jay (Will Smith). Their first mission is to save the Earth from destruction by a giant insectlike alien (Vincent D?Onfrio) that, incidentally, drives an exterminator?s truck. Armed with their matching Ray-Bans, skinny ties, and space-age weapons that Jay barely understands--he calls the Neuralyzer the "flashy thing"--the new duo begin another average day of fighting intergalactic terrorists. An amazingly hip and terribly clever movie that riffs on everything from E.T.--THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL to CASABLANCA, this Barry Sonnenfeld film is based on the equally savvy comic book by Lowell Cunningham.
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