Saturday, June 2, 2012

Movie Review: MIB III *slight spoilers*

Alright. Men in Black III. It has been a ridiculously long time since Men in Black II came out - 10 years, actually. And it's probably been 10 years since I've seen the 2nd one, and possibly even longer since I've seen the first one. I probably should have watched both of them again before seeing the new one, but as it is, I really have no comparisons between the movies because I can't even remember what happened in the first two. I do recall liking them, but that doesn't say much.

Anyway. The basic premise of the Men in Black movies is that there is a secret organization that keeps track of and polices extraterrestrial activity on Earth, which there is way more of than any human would ever guess - aliens are everywhere. The movies follow Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) on their missions. In Men in Black III, Boris the Animal, an evil alien that Agent K arrested in the 60s, escapes from his high security prison and travels back in time to kill K before he has a chance to shoot off his arm and arrest him. Agent J wakes up one morning and is the only person that remembers K. He must travel back in time to save his partner and kill Boris the Animal before he gets to K.

My impression of this movie is that it was kind of ridiculous. Maybe that's what happens when you take a movie that was popular in the 90s and try to do a sequel of it in 2012. The dialogue was especially corny, and it felt like a movie that belonged in the 90s when that was the norm. Imagine trying to do another Austin Powers movie today - it just doesn't fit in with the current culture. Dialogue aside, the story was okay, but also silly. I think it's definitely a movie more suited to kids, who would get a kick out of humans who are actually aliens in disguise.

Negativity aside, I did like how they went into Agent K's past and showed a whole different side of this usually-super-serious character. And I especially liked the ending that involved J as a kid - not going to give any more than that away - which made me a little teary-eyed.

All-in-all, it wasn't a terrible movie, but I'm also glad I didn't have to pay to watch it. I've heard a lot of people say that they did like it, so maybe I'm being a bit too critical. Just not my style, I suppose.

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