Men in Black 3 (2012)
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement
Set 14 years after the initial recruitment of Agent J (Smith), the top-secret Men in Black organization continues to do what it has done for decades – defend the Earth from the scum of the universe. The break-out of an infamous extra-terrestrial assassin named Boris the Animal (Clement) has Agent J traveling back to the 1960s to save his partner, Agent K (Jones), from a catastrophic series of events that could rewrite history!
The Story: A plot twist that sends present-day Agent J back to 1969 to protect a younger Agent K (Brolin) from impending doom is actually quite fun. The production crew created an alternate time period based on the ’60s to set two-thirds of the movie in. Seeing the Men in Black headquarters 40 years ago is a fun spin. Can you ever really go wrong with time travel? (Don’t answer that.)
The Acting: Let’s just get it out of the way now. Boris the Animal is just plain irritating. He’s ugly, he’s annoying, and the film is more fun when he’s not on the screen. Tommy Lee Jones is cool in his reserved role as the older version of his recurring character and Will Smith is exactly what he was in almost every single movie he has ever been in. The real surprise in this movie is Josh Brolin, who not only looks like a younger Tommy Lee Jones, but sounds exactly like him, too. It’s remarkable.
The Genre: Aliens, space guns, and unorthodox vehicles. Straight comedy and dry sarcasm. These are all elements that made the “Men in Black” franchise what it is today and they’ve stuck to their guns. If you liked the other two movies (though Number Two was, more or less, forgettable), you’ll like this one. If you thought the other two movies sucked, you will probably think this one sucks.
“Men in Black 3” is surprising on multiple levels. As stated, it’s everything that you’ve come to expect from the series, but the latest installment in the series has stepped it up in a couple different areas. The movie certainly deserves its PG-13 rating, but seems cleaner and more family-friendly than the last two MIB movies. The addition of Josh Brolin is a magnificent step forward. And the show actually has a moving climax toward the end. It’s surprising, it’s unexpected, and some of you may even start to tear up a little bit (really). “Men in Black 3” is the surprise movie of the year because, more often than not, viewers went in with such incredibly low expectations, that Amblin Entertainment putting out a decent film overshot the bar by a mile! Though not “great,” this film, not unlike “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” is so unpredictably good that you can pretty much forget about the unfortunate sequels between the proverbial bookends. Imagine that a Neuralizer just wiped out any memory you just had of “Men in Black 2” and forget that it ever existed. If you go into MIB 3 with a rough understanding of the original movie in the trilogy, you’ll walk away having a positive experience with the show. You may also be interested in: “Men in Black” (1997), “Galaxy Quest” (1999), “Wild Wild West” (1999).
Blu-ray bonus features:
– Audio in: English, English Descriptive Audio Service, French, Spanish
– Subtitles in: English, English SDH, French, Spanish
– “Spot the Alien Game”: a remote control-based shooter game
– “Partners in Time: The Making of MIB 3”: Behind-the-scenes featurette featuring cast and crew documenting, well, the making of the movie, believe it or not.
– “The Evolution of Cool: MIB 1960’s VS. Today”: An interesting comparison between design aspects of the MIB, past and present.
– “Keeping it Surreal: The Visual FX of MIB 3”: A closer look at make-up, prosthetics and computer animation in the film.
– Scene Investigations: Four short featurettes focusing on some of the best special effects from the movie.
– Progression Reels: Six “pop-up”-style videos with audio commentary showing how certain parts of the film were shot and digitally developed.
– Gag Reel
– “Back in Time” music video by Pitbull
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Studio: Amblin Entertainment
Running time: 106 minutes
MPAA rating: PG-13 for “sci-fi action violence and brief suggestive content,” including two references to male anatomy, some brief violence against women, several moderately-offensive religious references, multiple mentions of racism (used for laughs), and mild profanity throughout.
Costars Emma Thompson, Michael Stuhlbarg
Blu-ray release date: November 30, 2012
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