Marvel Movie Madness! Part 27: Men in Black II

Summary

Luke: Like "Who Let the Dogs Out?", the word "bangin'" and Lara Flynn Boyle -- apparent cultural touchstones of turn-of-the-century America -- I forgot this belated sequel even existed. Which is understandable, because Men in Black II is a pretty lazy follow-up to a reasonably funny hit; the kind of movie where everything that felt fresh about the first instalment is milked charmlessly -- and in which a talking pug gives a more enthusiastic performance than the paycheck-cashing leads. As is the way of many inferior sequels, MiBII is content to recycle the basic plot -- again, the agency must stop an intergalactic menace ("psycho hose beast" herself Lara Flynn Boyle as tentacled alien Surleena) while regurgitating gags and set pieces from the original. Back to Article

Comments

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I think it's not "bad" as much as wasted potential. Similar to how your parents would feel if you quit being a successful brain surgeon to work as a rodeo clown. You could be regarded as the world's BEST rodeo clown, but you still gave up your natural gift of helping people medically.

Jul 8 - 05:11 PM

RT-Ryan

RT-Ryan .

That's very possible Noah. Watching the two movies back-to-back within days really does highlight the flaws of the second installment in spectacular fashion. But honestly, even if the first film never existed, there were so many problems with this one that it would be a pretty bad standalone movie on its own.

Jul 8 - 05:45 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

yup.

Jul 8 - 06:01 PM

Justin D.

Justin D.

I think it's bad because the movie is ultimately incomplete. It was half a concept, thrown together as quickly - and sloppily - as possible to get it out in time for the summer. "Let's take the story from MiB and change a couple of plot device's names," is what I believe the pitch for this movie went like. It was lazy, I guess is what my point is. Lazy and soulless.

Jul 8 - 08:09 PM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

It was pretty much Ghostbusters II all over again for me.

Jul 8 - 08:51 PM

GrandSmasher

joseph o'leary

Ghostbusters 2 was immense!

Jul 9 - 10:07 AM

THEREWOLF

Markus Arbutina

True. Why'z am I drippings with goo?

Jul 9 - 10:49 AM

GrandSmasher

joseph o'leary

"IT'S PRINCE RIGO, YOU ARE LIKE THE BUZZING OF FLIES TO HIM!"

Jul 12 - 02:59 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Ghostbusters 2 was very good in my opinion . . . only I was the only one laughing in the packed movie theater; Chloe Webb at the beginning was hilarious (she'd been abducted by space aliens) . . . hey if they could do a Ghost Busters movie about Extraterrestrial Ghosts . . . like the Mark Dwane "Angels, Aliens, and Archetypes--Spirits of the Rainforest" record album.

Jul 9 - 12:49 PM

Rev Perdue

Rev Perdue

Haha

Jul 8 - 09:05 PM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

This reminds me so much of the Rush Hour 2 sequel structure-- its like a half parody of the first, with very unsubtle gestures trying to remind you of the last movie. It seriously feels like the first movie is your best friend, and the second is your annoying new "friend" trying to include himself in your inside jokes. If that makes sense.

Jul 8 - 09:14 PM

Jimmy Owens

Jimmy Owens

Excellent analogy.

Jul 10 - 07:18 AM

Italian Stallion

Alexander P

PUDDY!!!! hehe gotta love the Seinfeld reference, well done Luke

Jul 8 - 09:48 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

The chemistry between Jones and Smith was there. Sadly nothing that made the first movie great was there.

Jul 8 - 10:43 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

I thought it was funny but it should've been better.

Jul 9 - 01:48 AM

GrandSmasher

joseph o'leary

Ghostbusters 2 was immense!

Jul 9 - 10:07 AM

THEREWOLF

Markus Arbutina

True. Why'z am I drippings with goo?

Jul 9 - 10:49 AM

GrandSmasher

joseph o'leary

"IT'S PRINCE RIGO, YOU ARE LIKE THE BUZZING OF FLIES TO HIM!"

Jul 12 - 02:59 AM

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