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Men in Black III

A movie directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

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The Boys In Black Are Black

  • Jun 6, 2012
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The original MEN IN BLACK was memorable because it was a quirky sci-fi movie that had just the right balance of comedy and action. MEN IN BLACK 2 followed in that same vein, but the film wasn't as strong and felt more like a retread. MEN IN BLACK 2 was released in 2002 and a decade later (due to script issues, scheduling conflicts, and budget problems), the boys are back in MEN IN BLACK 3 and while the film isn't as funny as the original, it's a far superior film to MEN IN BLACK 2.

The film begins on the lunar prison base, a maximum security facility that was specifically designed to hold Boris the Animal (Jermaine Clement who seems to be channeling Tim Curry), the last member of a species of creatures that's sole purpose was destroying and devouring other civilizations. Boris has been in prison for forty years and what he really wants is to travel back through time and kill the man responsible for his imprisonment and the loss of his arm: Agent K. Through some stealth planning, Boris escapes.

Meanwhile, Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) still work for the top-secret organization that protects the Earth from intergalactic threats. Events during the past few days convince K that Boris is out to kill him. While that's true, K is mistaken on just when Boris plans to commit his crime. After fighting Boris, K & J have an argument of sorts. The next morning, J awakens and discovers that all signs of K have been erased. He soon learns that K was killed forty years earlier. J has to travel back through time to 1969 and prevent the younger K (Josh Brolin) from being killed.

There will be some who will be disappointed by MEN IN BLACK 3 because though there are plenty of jokes and lots of humor, the film isn't as funny as the original film. However, what makes the movie a better film that MEN IN BLACK 2 is the characterization and a script full of pathos, not to mention plenty of action.

MEN IN BLACK 3 focuses on the relationship between K & J. The chemistry between the characters is the main reason that MEN IN BLACK was so successful; the pairing of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones was a great casting move. That chemistry remains and is just as strong between Smith and Josh Brolin. However, MEN IN BLACK 3 examines why that chemistry works. Though it sacrifices some of the comedy, I enjoyed the overall emotional tone of the movie. The MEN IN BLACK movies have always been fun, but MEN IN BLACK 3 provides the series with a heart and stable emotional core.

Besides Smith and Jones who are excellent as usual, Josh Brolin should be commended for his fine work as a younger Agent K. Brolin is a great actor. I've been impressed with him time and time again since first seeing him in THE GOONIES. His resemblance to Tommy Lee Jones is uncanny. Also notable in the movie is the portrayal of Michael Stuhlbarg as the last of another alien species who is capable of existing in multiple dimensions of space and time at the same time.

MEN IN BLACK 3 isn't as funny or action-packed as MEN IN BLACK, but it is a far superior movie than MEN IN BLACK 2. It's highly entertaining and makes me glad to that the men in black are back.

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June 07, 2012
Saying it's better than the second one is faint praise. Thank you for providing so much more to make your recommendation of this one convincing. Well done.
 
June 07, 2012
I'll pass on this one.
 
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Quick Tip by . September 10, 2012
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Saw this on board the Singapore Airline flight just last week. Not bad entertainment and certainly feels like a trend on the recent moviesl the handover of old cast to the new (ie. Batman, Spiderman, Bourne Legacy, etc...). Except this one goes back in time to the partner in his youth. An end to triology perhaps?!
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