Hello, Movie Buffs!
It’s been 14 years since Agent J (Will Smith) joined the MIB and him and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) have seen inexplicable things, you might even say that they’ve seen it all. But when Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) breaks out of a moon-based maximum prison and decides to go back in time to eliminate the one person who arrested him, Agent K. When he succeeds, Agent J realizes that the timeline has been changed when he discovers that in this new timeline, Agent K was killed by Boris the Animal in 1969. Now it’s up to Agent J to travel back in time and enlist the help of a young Agent K (Josh Brolin), stop Boris from changing the future before it’s too late. Will the MIB succeed? Or will evil finally win?
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black series), written by Etan Cohen (Holmes & Watson), and beased on the comics by Lowell Cunningham, Men in Black III (2012) is an exciting and fun sci-fi/action/comedy that is even better than the last film. Coming from someone who has seen and enjoyed the first two films, I have to say that MIB 3 is easily my favorite film so far. The story was told brilliantly, the comedy was fitting, and the action was just the right amount. The reason why I believe that this film is better than its predecessors is because it breaks the mold by choosing to be a straight comedy film without being over the top. Yet at the same time, the film does not deter itself too far from its original roots. It's new and different but it still pays homage to where it first began. The film’s ending was done so that it can be taken two ways: they could either end the series here or they could add more films to the series, which is what they chose to do. All in all, I believe that this film delivered what it set out to do and then some.
The cast performances were great. As always Will Smith (Aladdin, Gemini Man) and Tommy Lee Jones (Ad Astra) were great together and seem to have grown more into their characters. Josh Brolin (Endgame, Only the Brave) was a big surprise for me. He delivered an exceptional performance as a young Agent K, where he nailed the personality and mannerisms of Jones perfectly. Jemaine Clement () is probably my favorite villain in the series so far. Like the bug villain from the first film, Boris is a very entertaining villain but with a more nonchalant vibe that is just as repulsive as the bug. The rest of the characters were great as well, including some hidden cameos from Tim Burton and Yao Ming as aliens on monitors in the MIB headquarters, and Bill Hader as Andy Warhol, who is just an undercover MIB agent out of ideas.
Overall, Men in Black III (2012) is an exciting and fun sci-fi/action/comedy that is even better than the last film. The story was told brilliantly, the comedy was fitting, the action was just the right amount, and the cast performances were great. All in all, I believe that this film delivered what it set out to do and then some by breaking away from the MIB mold just enough to be its own film. With this being my favorite in the MIB series, I can’t wait to see what Men in Black: International (2019) has in store for us next.
Final Vote --- 8 of 10 stars
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