Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Men In Black 3

Rating: ★★

The Men In Black are fighting aliens again, 10 years since their last big screen adventure or should I say 40 years before? Because in the latest installment Will Smith is going back in time to 1969.

When I first saw the trailer I thought 'time travel? really?' and decided that Hollywood must be seriously running short of ideas because time travel is just so gimmicky... But I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by the film on the whole. It was action packed but also had a lot of heart.

Special K
The story follows Agent J (Will Smith) as he travels through time to save Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) from being killed by a vengeful alien called Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement). In the 1960s Agent K is played by Josh Brolin, who has an incredible likeness to Tommy Lee Jones. Some people even thought that Tommy might have dubbed Josh's scenes but Josh is just a very talented actor and didn't need any movie magic to help him become Agent K. I personally thought he did a brilliant impersonation but also brought something new to the character of Agent K and showed a different (and younger) side to him.  

Flight Of The Aliens
Even though the plot overdosed on clichés it was still very enjoyable and towards the end had a lot of exciting, unexpected twists. No sci-fi adventure would be complete without a menacing villain and Jemaine made an excellent baddie because he was a good mix of funny and scary. Underneath all that make-up it was impossible to tell that he was the star of the very successful TV series The Flight Of The Conchords.

Time flies when you're really confused
I have to admit some of the time travel stuff did confuse me. On the whole the story was a bit all over the place and could have done with some serious editing. There was one character called Griffin (Micheal Stuhlbarg) whose main purpose in the film must have been to confuse the audience. Half the time I had no idea what he was talking about, the other half I wasn't even sure if he was speaking English. Quite frankly he wasn't needed in the film at all.

Will Smith goes into his past to make his future 
Nearly every one of Will Smith's films have been a hit. So it's no surprise that Men In Back 3 is just the first in a long line of sequels for him. Will's schedule for the future includes Hancock 2, Bad Boys 3 and I Robot 2. I'm wondering if audiences will ever get bored of non-stop sequels form this popular actor?

Girls In Black
The female demographic will be happy to see that the fictional Men In Black Agency is now run by a woman. And not just any old woman but Emma Thompson. She plays a role similar to Judi Dench in James Bond (the serious businesswoman who acts as a mother figure to the rest of the agency) but instead of being called Q she is called O.  There is a very cute romance between Agent O and Agent K but sadly nothing really comes of it. I really wanted to see O and K get together because K seems quite lonely in some scenes but instead they keep it professional. I guess that's OK, though.

Nicole Scherzinger makes her big screen debut in Men In Black 3 but, sorry for the spoiler, she dies about 5 minutes in. I don't have much to say about her performance apart from the fact that her casting was clearly just a gimmick and it looked like she had stepped straight out of a Pussycat Dolls music video shoot. Way to push the boat out, Nicole.

Aliens in Florida... and I'm not talking about the Space Mountain ride
The final fight scene takes place at the launch of the first rocket to the moon in Florida. It is action packed and gripping. I love the inventiveness of this scene because they are connecting aliens with  with the biggest space travel event of our time.

Men In Black has modernized just enough to fit in with the films of today but has still kept its original quirkiness that everyone loves. In my opinion it was very enjoyable eventhough adding time travel to the whole aliens thing made it a bit too far fetched. It was a little like Back To The Future meets The Fresh Prince. But that sounds like a winning combination to me.     

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