Men in Black first came out in 1997 and was one of the funniest films of the 1990s. Tommy Lee Jones (Agent X) recruits and trains a witty and bubbly Will Smith (Agent J) and teaches him the way of the Men in Black. This was later followed by Men in Black II which was a flop. It is always hard to carry on with such high expectations and I wondered how they would manage with a third one.
But it must be proof that a 10 year gap is exactly what they needed to set themselves a new standard. Instead of catching and searching for rogue aliens like the first two movies, this one goes into a different direction with time travelling.
The film follows Agent J, going back in time to 1969 to save his partner Agent X and then consequently saving the world from being invaded by a ‘should be’ extinct alien race. Agent J thinks he’s seen everything there is to see, seen all the biggest and baddest monsters and that there is nothing left to surprise him. This is of course apart from Agent X’s unemotional and off personality which Agent J can’t quite understand and finds rather amusing. However, in this Agent J uncovers secrets that he never envisaged possible.
We get to meet a new character called Boris the Animal. He is an angry, revenge seeking antagonist who is hell-bent on making sure that Agent X dies. Jermaine Clement plays an amazing role in really acting out the crazy lunatic monster. His whole get up and look helped perfected the evil vindictive look. He has a little pet animal he keeps under the skin of his hand, which still gives me the chills now.
Another great character was Griffin. His planet was attacked and destroyed by Boris’ race and he has come to Earth to help Agent X and J save this planet like he wasn’t able to do for his own. He has a unique ability to see past, present and future all at once. Michael Stuhlbarg really captures Griffin’s innocence and funny character that is wholeheartedly loveable. His eccentric and ‘not totally’ human traits makes him weird and cute, he lightly reminded me of Frank (the pug). They both have that loveable quality to them that this film needs. We also got a little dedication to Frank, which I found was an adorable little touch from this huge franchise to do.
The movie is packed with belly laughing moments, and some very cringe worthy situations (alien gore is not pretty to watch). The movie contained quite a few scenes which were set from very high up, especially in 3D this made my stomach do somersaults. The whole picture quality and action scenes were brilliant and the aliens had a very real quality to them.
It is definitely a great family movie to watch, lots of laughter and funny moments to enjoy. There is also a great bit with Andy Warhol which got the whole cinema laughing. This is another one of those movies which I’m sure was just as much fun to make as it is to watch.
The only downside was that I would have liked to have seen them use the 3D effects more often. Apart from those two high up scenes there wasn’t much point of the 3D effects. I would advise everyone to watch this film in 2D, and if you want to waste a bit more money then you may as well try 3D. Overall great movie. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars <3
Have you seen Men in Black 3? What did you think about it?