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I don't remember much about MIB II, only that it was rubbish. This joyless 3rd installment is pretty bad too, but it's hard to compare it to #2 without watching it again, which I'm not going to do. A downright nasty opening (no fun at all) followed by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones doing generic buddy stuff, telegraphing some twist about fathers, and then the very lazy time-travel story starts. I say lazy because all the contradictions and potentially-fun stuff about time travel is glossed over with throw-away lines about how to get around certain dangers and paradoxes ("he won't remember you were ever here" -- WHY?) which sucks a lot of interest out of it. The action is generic too, with no peril whatsoever. In fact, I found this so boring that when I was interrupted just as the finale got going, when I was able to turn it back on I chose not to and just packed up the disc and returned it without bothering to check on whether the shield got deployed or the horrible monster was killed/imprissoned/something else. Josh Brolin does a good TLJ impression and Emma Thompson is great, but Will Smith Phones it in and the short time TLJ is on screen he just looks depressed rather than gruff.
Bit of an oddball film, this. Opens slow, then builds brilliantly and darkly, then has a mid-point twist that is both ingenius and a tone-killer, and takes a while to recover. Actually, I'm not sure it does, as the finale goes on too long and never measures up to the earlier scenes. The best bits are with Tony Stark out of the suit, and I never really bought into the bad guys' main threat, which is never really witnessed in the trailer. And I'm glad I saw it in 2D, since the action was fast, snappy-cutting and the finale was shot in the dark; 3D glasses will leave you with a lot of blur and little else. In short, better than Iron Man 2, not as good as Iron Man 1, and nowhere near the heights of The Avengers.
Possibly the oddest and most fucked up movie I've seen in a years. Hard to talk about it without plot spoilers, mainly because every 10-15 minutes or so, the story turns on its head and becomes something else. Opens as Japanese-style horror, mutates into something more akin to Cronenbergian body horror. Some will hate it, and it isn't for those without a strong stomach.
I'm not usually a fan of costume drama, but this was more of a thriller than your average personal problems with bodices. It was one of the best films I've seen in years - tense, brilliantly made, well acted, and superbly plotted. Gripping throughout.