Saturday, May 26, 2012

Men in Black III (2012)

Stars - Will Smith
           Tommy Lee Jones
           Josh Brolin
Directed by:  Barry Sonnenfeld
Summary: Agent J travels in time to MIB's early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history. (via imdb). 

Men in Black was one of the movies that cemented Will Smith's reputation as a summer hitmaker. It was smart, funny, action packed and above all, original for its time. Based on the hit comic, it was true to the spirit and feel of the comic, but had a life of its own. And then Men in Black II came out, and, well... it just didn't work for me. It lacked some of the proper tone and joy that the first had and just seemed like they were just painting by numbers. So, when they announced a third movie, especially after so much time had passed, I was skeptical at best and fairly dismissive. Add to that a litany of woes during the shooting, and an incomplete script while they were shooting, and my hopes were sunk. I went into this movie with low expectations and...

I had a blast. It takes a little while to really catch on as they have to ply the normal expositionary story to get to the meat. But once J goes back in time and Josh Brolin hits the screen doing a damned good Tommy Lee Jones impression, it becomes what it was in the beginning. Fun and smart and a good ride. 
A lot of times, a movie of this kind is only as good as its antagonist. And, I have to say, a nearly unrecognizable Jemaine Clement is spot on and lots of fun chewing up the scenery and outshining the leads at times.
It's definitely the better of the sequels, and at times it even rivals the original. The 3D was well done and not obtrusive. It didn't use cheap jump gags and was more about depth. And, without spoiling anything, it really adds a lot to the relationship of J and K. 

My rating, a solid 7.5 out of 10. A fun summer kickoff movie. 

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