October 9, 2014
Movie Night: Men in Black 3.
Review #647: Men in Black 3.
Will Smith (Agent J), Tommy Lee Jones (Agent K), Josh Brolin (1969 Agent K), Jemaine Clement (Boris the Animal and 1969 Boris), Emma Thompson (Agent O), Michael Stuhlbarg (Griffin), Mike Colter (James Darrell Edwards II), Nicole Scherzinger (Lilly Poison), and Michael Chernus (Jeffrey Price) Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (#005 - Get Shorty, #077 - The Addams Family, #078 - Addams Family Values, #211 - Men in Black, #212 - Men in Black II, and #454 - Wild Wild West)
10 years? It took 10 years to do this? (I mean the wait between films, not length of production) I wonder how long it'll take to make the next one, hopefully not 15 years. I don't know which is more surprising, the gap or the time travel plot. Actually the time travel plot is more surprising, though it is at least inventive and not just "stop the alien from destroying the world" again. Actually it is kind of like that, though at least it's more focused on stopping the past from changing, and Agent K again, though at least Jones and Brolin are enjoyable. The makeup and the effects (by Rick Baker) this time are pretty decent, they've evolved in a sense, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The characters are pretty good, I guess the villain is alright, but comparing him to the past two is all a matter of choice, though I still prefer D'Onofrio from the first film, at least Clement does his best. It is at least fun to watch Smith and Jones once again, and while the movie lacks Rip Torn (who they kill off), Emma Thompson is a good replacement. I do like the twist at the end with K, the ending of the movie is just good enough. The movie is not as good as the first, but it at least is better then the second film, which is all you need, I suppose.
Overall, I give it 8 out of 10 stars.