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Will Smith stars in an action thriller that has some heart, and brain- sometimes. First off Smith's performance is great. He commands the screen as usual and injects life into the movie. He really is all by himself on the screen for awhile (besides a dog), as he is one of the last humans left on earth. After a cancer treatment goes wrong, many are left infected and mutated and turn into these creepy animal like creatures w/o any humanity left in them, or so we think. Anyways, Smith's character, Dr. Neville is trying to figure out ways to cure these creatures by running tests among other stuff. Neville is somehow immune to the disease, I can't remember how or if they explained it.
I am Legend is very suspenseful, leaving viewers on the edge of their seat. It's not mindless action though, the film tries to be deep, but the ending, which I'll get to later, but not spoil, convolutes things. There are attempts at humor which kind of fall flat in my opinion. In my opinion it's as if the script was trying to hard at times to throw in some jokes just because Smith is funny and a great comedic actor. It's hard to laugh in a movie like this, so it doesn't really work. But it's just a minor flaw since they only attempt at humor a few times. The cast really is just Smith. And Smith isn't just playing Smith as he sometimes does. His role here is more understated, but he pulls it off with ease.
Now here's where you need to beware. If you watch the movie today you will NOT get the theatrical ending. I watched this on on demand a couple weeks ago. There were two options, I Am Legend, or I Am Legend: Alternate ending. I clicked on just I Am Legend because I did not want to get the Alternate ending. I had done my research and I knew I Am Legend had a controversial ending. But when I watched it, I could not figure out why. It seemed logical, if maybe a bit anti climatic. So I went online afterwards to see what people said about the ending, and I found out that I had actually just seen the alternate ending version, even though that wasn't the version I chose. Apparently on streaming devices or when they show Legend on tv they only show the alternate ending for whatever reason. So I went ahead and watched the theatrical ending on Youtube, and it was wayyyy different. And when I say different I mean polar opposites. It completely changes the way you think about the movie to the point where I really don't know what to think of the movie, or what conclusions to draw. I Am Legend is enjoyable but its inability to make a clear solid ending does take away from the movie, and make the movie itself less memorable because you can't stop thinking about the ending(s) rather than the movie as a whole. All in all, I would recommend I Am Legend.
I, Robot is a ver entertaining movie that builds up suspense, but in the end leaves you a little disappointed. Will Smith plays his usual role, and probably was the main selling point to get audiences to come see the movie. Smith is likable here, but he's really not doing much acting. Although he's playing his usual 'cool guy' role, his character is much more subdued and down to earth that we don't really ever get to know Detective Spooner. Where this movie failed where other Smith action movies often seem to succeed was in the humor department. The writers attempt to give Smith some occasional funny one-liners, but they really just aren't that funny, though Smith pulls them off as best he can. The true best part of this movie is all the suspense that builds up for the first three quarters of the movie. Detective Spooner senses these robots are up to no good, he is of course right, though everyone else thinks he's crazy. The movie really does make you think, how much technology is too much technology? We see robots dominating the world and taking human jobs. Is the world becoming heartless? There are three specific laws all robots are programmed to follow, law 1: they can't hurt a human, law 2: they must obey a human unless it conflicts with law 1, and law 3: robots must protect themselves unless it conflicts with laws 1 and 2. But there is one robot who seems to be programmed not to follow these three laws. And spooner thinks he's a murderer, and proof that these robots are becoming dangerous. This sets everything up for what looks like a human vs robots showdown... except not really. There's a bit of a plot twist at the end that doesn't make sense because the character (if you can call her a character) it involves, we never really got to know, at all. It's almost too much of a twist. It's disappointing because it appears as if the robots really were never bad, maybe just manipulated. I thought this ending took away from the movie, it really was lacking the excitement that the first three quarters of the movie gave you. Not to mention that it's also a little confusing. But it's not a huge deal, it merely makes I, Robot go from a potentially really good and memorable movie, to a likable, but not all that thought-provoking after all movie. Nonetheless, I recommend this movie. You'll have a fun time, and think a little, as the critic consensus says.
There seems to be a consensus when it comes to ranking the three Men in Black movies. MIB 1 was the best and the funniest, MIB 2 was pretty much a complete flop, and by far the worst, and MIB 3 was not quite a return to form, but a million times better than the second and a good way to close the franchise. I would actually have to disagree with this because I thought MIB 3 was definitely the worst. Not bad, but not nearly as good as 1 and 2. I see why people think MIB 3 is the second best in the MIB franchise, and late film critic Roger Ebert even went as far to say it was his favorite, a view not uncommonly shared by people. MIB 3 his the first movie in the franchise to have a real intriguing suspenseful plot. And things tie together nicely at the end give MIB 3 a sweet emotional ending. But overall, MIB 3 is simply not as funny as the first two. And yes in order to get us to laugh, the first two MIB's were pretty silly at times, but isn't that why we watched them? I don't think there was one moment in MIB 3 where I laughed out loud. There were some funny moments, but the script simply wasn't very good. In addition, there weren't as many aliens this time around, which was quite disappointing. And again, MIB 3 just is not that funny. Instead of the usual Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones humor, we see Will Smith and Josh Brolin play off each other. Brolin is playing a younger agent K, as agent J (Will Smith) has to go back in time. And I credit MIB 3 for casting Brolin who looks and sounds like Jones, and gets agent K as a character down pat. But the script really doesn't provide that many funny moments like the previous two did. I really never cared how silly the MIB movies were because they made it work and it was always fun. But I think director Bryan Sonnenfield let the criticisms of the second MIB change the way he made this third one. The second MIB was criticized for just recycling the same elements of the first, partially true, but I still thought it was funny, and I got what I wanted out of it. MIB 3 left me feeling a little disappointed. It wasn't all that funny, and there weren't many aliens. Don't get me wrong, MIB 3 had the best plot out of all the MIB movies, it wasn't as 'gimmicky' and fans of the franchise really will appreciate the touching ending. But by crafting a better more serious plot, with less gimmicks, MIB 3 is not nearly as entertaining or as funny as the first 2. This might be what some people wanted, but for people like me who didn't mind the stupid plots of the first two because of all the aliens and how funny they were, you might be a little disappointed with MIB 3.
I'm very surprised to see such a low audience score for such a funny movie. I imagine a lot of people were turned off by how sweet it was, thought it was unrealistic how Roxanne could fall for such a trick. Both are valid criticisms, but if this is how you think then you're being much too cynic. This is one of Martin's best, he really makes the movie. There are some laugh out loud funny scenes and the whole thing is a charming affair. I would argue that the very first scene is the funniest, when Martin fights two men for making fun of his nose with a tennis racquet, The premise of the movie is that there are two men vying for one lady. Martin is the smart, sweet, and witty man, but there's just one problem: He has a huge nose. The other man is good looking, but has no idea how to talk to women, Chris. They both like Roxanne, a beautiful and intelligent woman, in town to see a comet as she is an astrologer. Naturally, she likes Chris because of his good lucks and asks C.D to help get something started as C.D and Chris work together at the fire department. Because Chris is an idiot, C.D tells him what to say and writes to Roxanne in Chris's name. This sets up for some hilarious scenes. And yes, one scene in which Chris messes up so bad that C.D hides behind the bush and talks to Roxanne pretending to be Chris. Now yes obviously Roxanne should've been able to tell that that was C.D's voice. But if you're nitpicking over that then you really missed the magic of this movie. A lot of movies don't get away with something like that, but Roxanne is a hilarious, charming movie that really is something like a fairytale (it is based on a French play). It really is otherworldly and a funny affair.
Will Smith's first blockbuster is a good action/sci-fi movie. Sure the plot is unrealistic, nothing is particularly explained when it comes to the actual science, but this is an enjoyable film. Cool special effects, and it is pretty suspenseful. Some of the funniest moments were with judd Hirsch, playing the Jewish dad of Jeff Goldblum's character who is also pretty funny. There are some funny moments towards the end when Smith and Golblums character work together, it's too bad there wasn't more of that throughout the movie. The movie may be cheesy in all, but it's very patriotic. We see everyday men become heroes in this movie. It may be predictable but it works just fine for a move like this. As long as you don't overthink it, this is fun, enjoyable movie to watch.
Another Will Smith movie that was overanalyzed by movie critics. Yes, this movie is a standard romcom, but it works. Smith shows he still has what it takes to do complete comedic movie as opposed to action movies with some comedy. Him and Kevin James make for a funny duo. Unfortunately James' character is absent for a lot of the second half, after being very involved in the first half which is disappointing. The movie does drag on a little long, and Eva Mendes who plays Will Smith's lover interest is not a very good actress, really just a pretty face. Would've been better is they placed a trained comedic actress alongside Smith, who is certainly at the top of his game here, lifting this movie higher than what it ought to go. There are a lot of laugh out loud moments in this one, although it's not always consistently funny. The plot isn't anything complex, but that's what is nice about the movie: It's simple and pleasing. Quick note: I would almost advise not to watch the trailer as it spoils a lot of the funniest scenes, that are still funny even after watching the trailer, but are likely even more funny if you've never seen them.
For sure the best movie in the MIB franchise, and I personally believe somewhat of a modern classic. Don't get me wrong, many more important movies have been made since MIB but this is such a funny movie that should not be missed. MIB helped show off Will Smith's comedic acting abilities to a wide range audience who had perhaps not seen The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. (A great sitcom staring Smith) And let's just face it, as much as we all liked Independence Day, which came the year before MIB, it didn't really fully showcase Smith's abilities. But MIB, despite a silly plot, has a lot of witty and clever humor. MIB has a sharp script, but the best part has to be the way Smith as agent J, and Tommy Lee Jones as agent K play off each other. They're complete opposites. Jones never cracks a smile, while Smith is the energetic youthful guy. It makes for a lot of funny moments to say the least. We see a lot of aliens as well which is a lot of fun. The first half of the movie is where most of the funny scenes happen, the second half isn't quite as good as they try to wrap up the story. Probably the only minor flaw because this really is a great sic-fi comedy. If you haven't seen it, you're definitely missing out. It's also worth noting that Will Smith came out with a song to go along with the movie, also called Men in Black that won a Grammy. Really does show Smith's versatility and how popular he was at the time. Definitely recommend this.
Honestly don't understand why this movie has gotten so much hate. Is it as good as the first? No. But it's very fun to watch. In fact, this movie is very similar to the first. Same quirky, offbeat humor, same silly and random plot, and same weird aliens. Perhaps that's why it got so much hate, it didn't add anything new or noteworthy to the series. But who cares? This is supposed to be a fun movie series, not a drama, and this movie passes perfectly well as fun entertainment. Smith and Jones' chemistry still work great, although they don't have as many laugh out loud moments as the first. There's a talking dog in this movie that provides a lot of comic relief as well. Agent J has a love interest in this one, which is fine but it's not developed rather well at all, perhaps another problem people had with the movie. But again, it doesn't really matter because you're not watching the movie for its romantic storyline. The villain is kinda meh, I didn't really understand her background, but who cares? No point of overthinking the movie, which I think a lot of people did, just because it wasn't quite as good as the first. It's true, there isn't as many laugh out loud moments in this one compared to the first, but there are some laugh out loud moments, and many more that will have you smiling. Simply put, it's a fun movie.