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June 17, 2019

Men In Black (1997) --- “Protecting The Earth From The Scum Of The Universe”

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Hello Movie Buffs!
    Unbeknownst to most people, there is a private and highly funded agency called the MIB, providers of immigration services and regulators of all things alien on Earth. Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) is one of the best that the agency has to offer and is in need of a new partner. James Edwards (Will Smith) is a street smart cop for the N.Y.P.D, who might be exactly what MIB are looking for. As Agent K and now Agent J work to keep the streets of New York safe from illegal aliens, a new threat looms on the horizon. When a spaceship crash lands and an alien (Vincent D'Onofrio) starts heading to New York in search of the  super energy source called "The Galaxy", it is up to Agent K and Agent J to stop him. Can they uncover the plot in time to prevent the destruction of Earth? Or will they be two late?
    Directed by Barry Sonnenfield (Addams Family Values, Series of Unfortunate Events), written by Ed Solomon (Now You See Me 1, 2, & 3), and based on the comic by Lowell Cunningham (Men in Black series), Men in Black (1997) is a fun and entertaining sci-fi action film that goes beyond being just a simple alien humor fest that has affected all who have seen it. The story, while humorous, provides character depth, heart, action, and a strong yet simple story that will keep us laughing and smiling till the very end.
    In addition to the story the film’s effects were also done nicely. Since the film was made in the 90’s the special effects have a very 90’s feel but it works for the film by providing a lot of alien gags. The music by Danny Elfman (Corpse Bride, The Girl on the Train) has a very sci-fi tone to that only magnified the film’s theme overall.
    The highlight of the film would have to be the character performances, especially from Tommy LEe Jones (Ad Astra, The Family, Space Cowboys) and Will Smith (Aladdin). Jones delivers an excellent performance as the wry and straightforward Agent Kay, while Smith delivers an incredible performance as the fun and comic Agent J. They compliment each other phenomenally and their different styles of humor blend seamlessly, Jones uses dry humor while Smith goes a more obvious route that is best suited for his character. Vincent D'Onofrio (Death Wish, Godfather of Harlem) is memorable and hilariously grotesque as the alien masquerading as a the human, Edgar. Rip Torn (Bridge of Names) is great as Zed but Linda Fiorentino (Dogma, After Hours) was a bit unforgettable. The rest of the cast perform their roles respectively.
    Overall, Men in Black (1997) is a fun and entertaining sci-fi film filled with humor, action, interesting characters, and unforgettable effects. The story will keep you smiling and laughing until the end, while the cast performances were great, especially from Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. All in all, Men in Black is one of those series that will always be an unforgettable classic like Ghostbusters and Independence Day. If you have not already then I suggest you check out this film, especially if you have plans to see Men in Black: International (2019) later on.

Final Vote --- 7.5 of 10 stars

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
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Men in Black 3 (2012)
Men in Black: International (2019)
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