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Men in Black II

A movie directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, Eric Armstrong, and Michelle Palmer

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Men in Black II

  • May 2, 2011
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Men in Black was not a movie that needed a sequel. As a stand-alone movie, it was great, but it made a shitload of money at the box office, so a sequel was inevitable. Waiting five years for this was a huge deal, so naturally this film was a hugely anticipated one. When people saw this in theatres, a great many walked out disappointed. I can see exactly why. Men in Black II isn't really a bad movie, but it's still a colossal disappointment for a sequel to a movie as popular and memorable as Men In Black to be just mediocre. It just feels like a reheated, less clever version of the first movie that borrows stuff from its predecessor with mixed results, like the consensus said.

MIB2 takes place five years after the original, with Agent J (Will Smith) now working with the over-emotional Agent T (Patrick Warburton). Agent T is just a sorry excuse to get Tommy Lee Jones back and we are glad when he finally does get back. J is called to investigate a murder of an alien at a pizzeria and he meets Laura (Rosario Dawson), who he starts to have feelings for. Serleena (disguised as Lara Flynn Boyle), an alien plant (that just looked like a less cool version of Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors) is looking for a light (that happens to be on a bracelet belonging to Rosario Dawson, another element from the first movie) and if the light is on Earth too long, Earth will be destroyed. This also involves K getting his memory back (if you've seen the first movie, you'll understand) and the secret of Laura.

I won't give anything else away, but this film's story is okay. The jokes are much less fresh than the original and while still being sporadically funny, are much more silly. The jokes are also based more on running gags and one-joke characters, like the running gag of Tony Shalhoub's character getting his head blown off. There's also Johnny Knoxville and his second head, and the...eh villain of Lara Flynn Boyle. I do like Frank the Pug though, just because I really love pug dogs and he's pretty much the only talking animal that still amuses me. He is a one-joke character, but a one-joke character that I really enjoy.

Smith and Jones still work well together, despite their diminished script and diminished jokes. I still can't see anyone but them playing Agents J and K. Rosario Dawson is okay, and she and Will have okay chemistry. Lara Flynn Boyle is...eh as the human personification of Serleena, and the rest of the performances range from average to eh, so we'll be moving on. The special effects, however good they are, make the movie suffer from CGI overload which could kill it. The designs of the aliens also aren't as creative as the first movie, even if they are wonderfully CGI'ed (if that's even a word). The action is okay as well, but again, it just feels like a mediocre rehash of the first film.

All in all, watch MIB2 at your own discretion. It still has all the action and special effects of the first movie, but what it's lacking is the sense of humour, heart, and outright coolness of the first film. Maybe the third film will be better, but I hope with it they will at least try a little harder and let this just be subject to middle-child syndrome. It has its moments, but MIB2 just ends up being mediocre and disappointing, copying the first film with mixed results. If you saw and liked the first movie, watch this one just for completion's sake, but prepare to be disappointed. If you haven't seen the first movie, check it out and watch this one based on your reaction to the first film.

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review by . June 14, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
* out of ****    Barry Sonnenfeld is one of those directors who just wants you to have a good time. That seems to be the motive behind each and every one of his motion pictures so far, and that must also be the motive of "Men in Black II". But as I watched it, I realized in no time at all that this wasn't a "good time". This wasn't entertaining, well-made, or funny. This wasn't even half-decent. In fact, this was just down-right crummy. Sonnenfeld had brought an interesting and …
review by . August 08, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Would have made a better pilot for a live action Men in Black show
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 …
Quick Tip by . August 01, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Total cash in sequel that thankfully runs only about an hour thankfully lest we be treated to it's SHAMELESS product placement and unoriginal or rehased aliens and jokes. Lara Flynn Boyle also could do with eating a couple of cheeseburgers and getting a good tan.
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
One of the first movies that I loved with Will Smith being in!
review by . March 18, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
A great example of how the second movie can make money without being so hot.You have good actors trying their best but they can't raise this picture beyond a B movie let alone come close to the first one.Smith is funny but not believable, I think they could played te love interest angle different but that's not his fault. Jones overplays the lost agent, Tony Shaloub is a bright spot in the cast and Rip Torn delivers.The over use of Frank the dog didn't help (he's no K-9) and the worms got old real …
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Reuniting director Barry Sonnenfeld with most of the original hit film's cast, MEN IN BLACK II picks up with alien-monitoring secret agent Jay (Will Smith) in a rut. Weary of the isolated life of an MiB operative, Jay continually fires new partners until MiB director Zed (Rip Torn) teams him up with the talkative pug, Frank (voiced by Tim Blaney). Together they investigate an "alien-on-alien" murder witnessed by the lovely Rita (Rosario Dawson), who Jay immediately falls for. The case eventually leads Jay and Frank to track down agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones), who now works at a rural post office, completely unaware of his former life. Unfortunately, it's what Kay can't remember that may save the world from destruction at the hands of the shape-shifting alien Serleena (Lara Flynn Boyle). As Jay attempts to jog the memory of the reluctant Kay, Serleena takes over MiB headquarters, building up to a big New York City showdown.

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