Movie Review: Men In Black III
:Josh Brolin as a young Tommy Lee Jones is un-canny! His imitations of Tommy's facial expressions and Agent K's personality are hilariously great.
:Lacks all the 'cool' factors from the original such as funny aliens, advanced technology and bad-ass weapons and gadgets.
A time-travelling journey that’s not worth taking.
When you think of Men In Black, you time travel back to 1997 to the black suits, black shades and funny looking aliens from when the first movie came out. It reminds you of the good old days when for most of us we were just kids or teenagers, singing the catchy line “Here comes the Men In Black…Galaxy Defenders!” . Will Smith was in his prime and and his 90′s coolness oozed into his songs and movies.
Men In Black III, sees the return of “Galaxy defenders” Will Smith (Agent J) and Tommy Lee Jones (Agent K) to rescue the Earth once more from Alien invaders. This time round Agent J time travels to the past, to the 1960′s to save Agent K by stopping an evil alien ‘Boris the animal’ from killing him and changing the future.
Unfortunately, the new “time travelling” 3rd installment in the Men In Black series, does not take you time travelling down memory lane to the good days of your youth and excitement of the first movie; Rather it leaves you dissappointedly wondering if the excitment of that childhood imagination you once had is gone. Josh Brolin plays a young Agent K in the 1960′s, and although he puts on a great comedic performance, imitating Tommy Lee Jones’s facial expressions and Agent K’s grumpy personality to a tee, the whole magic behind the Men In Black always came from the contrasting relationship between Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. The new movie fails to capture the whole old-school/new-school, retro/cool opposing forces in their ‘love-hate’ relationship that gave the movie its spark.
This 3rd installment is lacking on all levels from the original, with an average plot poorly executed with a cheesy villain. The ”cool” factors that you’ve come to expect from the Men In Black such as “futuristic weapons and gadgets” such as Big-bad-ass-alien-kicking guns are totally lacking… Yes you could argue that they’re in the 1960′s and that the technology at that time would limit this, but the M.I.B always had advanced technology beyond their time. I wanted to see cool retro gadgets or weapons, and probably the best and only cool retro excitement were the one-man, one-wheel motorcycles. Another “cool” factor lacking are the aliens living amongst us which the M.I.B always bully, which you are exposed to but not enough.
Frankly the excitement I was expecting from all the old “cool” factors that made the original M.I.B so awesome, left me very dissappointed. All in all the movie is boring and predictable, lacking the originals’ spark and flare.