Before seeing ‘Men in Black 3’, I had many concerns. First, Sony originally wasn’t going to screen the movie for press until the Thursday night before it opened. That’s never a good sign. Second, the series doesn’t have the best track record, and the initial trailers sure didn’t make it look like anything special. Fortunately, Sony moved the press screening to Tuesday, which isn’t bad, and the advertisements got better with time. Having now seen ‘MIB3’, I can tell you that my concerns were for naught and that it makes right all of the franchise’s wrongs.
I was a teenager when the original ‘Men in Black‘ opened. Therefore, I loved it. Having watched it again recently, it’s not the great movie that I once saw it as, but it’s still pretty fun and creative. ‘Men in Black II‘, on the other hand, was a cop-out. Everyone involved mailed it in. The story was awful, the script was bland and comedy was nowhere to be found. ‘Men in Black 3’ goes back to the creative, fun storytelling style of the first, adds a lot of comedy, and gives it the most complex and playful story of the bunch. Honestly, I’d go as far as to say that ‘MIB3’ is my favorite of the franchise.
Once again, Agent J (Will Smith) is in trouble due to his partner, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones). A hate-filled alien named Boris (Jemaine Clement from ‘Flight of the Conchords’) has been imprisoned for 40 years because of Agent K. His whole race is now extinct, so Boris is determined to escape prison, travel back in time and kill K before K can thwart his world take-over attempt. As you can tell by the trailers, Boris is successful in doing so and reality is altered. With a memory of how things should be, J must now jump back to 1969, save K and stop two versions of Boris – the one from modern day and the younger ’69 version.
By dealing with alternate realities and time travel, ‘MIB3’ is like the ‘Back to the Future II‘ of the franchise. Along the way, we meet new characters. One of them (played by Michael Stuhlbarg from ‘A Serious Man‘) is the best supporting character of the franchise yet – and he’s not even CG! Cameos abound, all of which I’ll refrain from spoiling. What I will mention is how awesome Josh Brolin is as the young K. Brolin is absolutely perfect. It’s shocking to see how much he resembles Jones, not only in face, but in voice.
If the first ‘Men in Black’ sequel left you as disappointed and let-down as it did me, then you’re going to love what’s done here. The Men in Black are back and they’re funnier and wittier than ever, and definitely just as much fun as they have ever been.