Men in Black III Movie Review

Men in Black III was a fun and classy movie for the franchise. However, with the summer movie releases in full throttle, it pales in comparison to its monumental competition. Barry Sonnenfield (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Space Chimps, The Ladykillers) directed the third installment of the series, putting us back in the passenger seat with Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happiness, I Am Legend, Independence Day) playing Agent J while a haggard Tommy Lee Jones (No Country For Old Men, In the Electric Mist, Man of the House) continues the brief role of the elderly and iconic Agent K who still has some secrets that he hasn’t told J yet. Boris the Animal, very well played by Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Concords, Gentlemen Broncos, Eagle vs Shark), is a lethal alien that Agent K put in a prison facility on the moon after Borris and his family nearly destroyed Earth. He breaks free with the help of his girlfriend, Nicole Scherzinger, and quickly finds a man whose father invented a time-traveling device. After an argument with K, J wakes up the next day to find that no one anywhere knows who or where Agent K is except Agent O, Emma Thompson (Harry Potter Series: The Deathly Hallows: Part two, The Prisoner of Azkaban, and the Order of the Phoenix, Stranger than Fiction, Nanny McPhee) – the new leader of the MIB facility who claims that K has been dead for the last 50 years – as a massive invasion is about to befall the planet in an all too familiar scenario. After the terrifying experience of time traveling, J finds himself in the past, and now must find K before Borris kills him, thus rescuing Earth from the future invasion. It’s a bit of a paradox – the Grandfather paradox, actually – that provides the basis for the movie, although J shouldn’t have remembered K in the future either. With the help of the young K, wonderfully played by Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, American Gangster), Andy Warhol, Bill Hader (Hoodwinked Too: Good vs Evil, Paul, Scott Pilgrim vs the World) and an alien named Griffin (A Serious Man, Hugo, Afterschool) who can see multiple parallel timelines all at once, J and a young Agent K set off to stop the young Borris from calling his family to destroy the Earth before the adult Borris can kill the young K. To say it wasn’t a good movie would be unjust, but it was a little sluggish at times, and as I mentioned earlier with The Hunger Games, Avengers, Prometheus, and the Dark Knight Rises in theaters next door, it might be a lonely trip to the movies.

3 out of 4 stars (3.90)
-Benjamin Allen

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