Ever been in a situation where you’re half expecting a bad movie but you’d still watch it anyway for sentimental value? So in your mind you want to love it as much as possible.
Well there is only one of two things that can happen in such a scenario, you come out of the cinema trying your best to find the best parts of the movie saying “it wasn’t so bad” OR you are totally surprised because it was really nice and entertaining as silly as the concept behind the movie was.
For Men In Black 3, that was just how I felt. I mean I love the original and the characters but do we really need a part 3? Hey it works for me, anything to erase the memories of part 2.
In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back…in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner.
But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him — secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.
It’s been 10 years since the last Men In Black, which by the way I really didn’t like. Expectations were low when I saw this and I was happy because the movie turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I’m a big fan of Will Smith and it was good to see his banter and chemistry with Tommy Lee Jones.
Now the stand out performance for me was Josh Brolin who did a brilliant job portraying the younger Agent K. Actually I thought he was the funniest character in the show, not so moody but more dead pan. Will’s Agent J isn’t as clueless as he was in the first 2 movies – he’s a senior agent of MIB now but he’s not exactly in the loop and boy does e overreact.
Although most people will say that this was the sequel that nobody really needed, I must say it’s very cleverly scripted because the plot adds up very nicely at the end and we understand both K’s and J’s past a bit more. Overall, MIB 3 does justice to the original, and gives you a surprisingly emotional insight into the characters
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
You can always depend on Will Smith to travel back in time to save this franchise from dying.
By Elliott Danker
Men In Black 3 opens in cinemas 24 May
Images courtesy of Sony Pictures Singapore
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