Men in Black III Reviews
The CGI was better than the 2nd, The Movie Itself is better than the 2nd, I Like Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as Actors.
But I Don't Know about Josh Brolin.
I only hated the CGI!
I gotta say This Is Better than MIB 2 Not as good as MIB.
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As cliché as that opening is; so is Men in Black 3.
When the last known member of the deadly Boglodite race, Boris the Animal (Jermaine Clement) escapes from lunar prison his intentions are simple. Returning to earth Boris steals the forbidden ability to time-travel and heads back to the year of his incarceration 1969 and kill his captor, Agent K.
By killing him in 1969, Boris erases all trace of influence left by sharp tongued Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) years in service. As K was never present to put in place the mystical shield that protects earth from Boglodite invasion, the new present world faces imminent inhalation.
Disorientated by the space-time displacement, Agent J (Will Smith) heads into the office to find out his partner is long dead. Confused by his inexplicable memories and desperate for an answer to their situation, MIB commander Agent O (Emma Thompson) allows J to engage in a reconicence mission to the same era.
Instructed that the only wormhole left is to jump of the top peak of NYC's Chrysler building; J reluctantly takes the leap of faith, plummeting to the ground he lands in a very retro and socially motivated 1969, just one day before the US's Apollo space launch.
Warned that his presence in this time could change the future even further, J seeks out the assistance of a MIB friendly able to predict possible outcomes known as Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg). But when the younger K (Josh Brolin) becomes involved, the operation reaches a whole new level of complicated.
Where MIB1 was a rare creature with its sardonic comedy, lively plot, amazing aliens from FX master Rick Baker and unforgettable characters; MIB 2 was indulgent blockbuster money grabbing drivel. MIB3 attempts to redeem the franchise and seize every opportunity to add real substance bad sadly amounts to a frustratingly listless endeavor.
Arriving 15 years after the original and 10 years after the sequel, director Barry Sonnenfeld returns for one more piece of the box office pie. Known for his imitation-is-the-sincerest-form emulation of fellow director's style, Sonnenfeld's offerings often have a familiar feel but eventuate to naught feelings, this is once again true and highlighted by is amateurish stance on the particulars of time travel.
As the somewhat revolting CGI and vertigo inducing 3D clash generationally with a retro sixties vibe and wry historical references, things just never seem to gel in its contemporary Manhattan locale. In saying that, it is nice to finally get a hint at reasoning to why Agent J was engaged in MIB in the first place, get an insight into why Agent K is the curmudgeon he is and see the extent to which MIB has supposedly influenced the ages.
The ever likeable and eternally bankable Smith attempts to tap into his usual quirky charm but comes across needy. The aged ever gruff and straight-for-the-jugular Jones seems genuinely disinterested and miserable and being called back to duty, while the adaptable Brolin is brilliant outwardly enjoying every onscreen moment mimicking Jones' posture, body language and distinct voice to perfection.
Thespian Thompson is woefully underutilized as Agent O but does get a memorable and gratifying moment of silliness. The villain that is Clement is both vile and vivid in equal measure whilst Stuhlbarg is great as the precognitive 5th dimensional Griffin.
The Verdict: Although based in flawed logic and never truly engaging viewers, MIB3 with its underlying conservatism is a series of passable gags and adequate action sequences delivering a superfluous but moderately enjoyable sequel.
Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 08/06/2012