Director : F. Gary Gray
Writers: Matt Holloway and Art Marcum with Lowell Cunningham credited for characters
Stars: Chris Hemsworth; Tessa Thompson; Kumail Nanjiani (voice); Rebecca Ferguson; Rafe Spall; Emma Thompson and Lian Neeson
The BMAF REVIEW
We love a creature feature and the original Men in Black was a real favourite of ours, the sequel was an OK adventure and the 3rd with Josh Brolin joining the team in a fun time travel adventure, meant that in general, this is a franchise we have had fun with so we gave Men in Black International a viewing.
The film starts incredibly well , as we see Agent H and T fight a creature and save the world from the scum of the universe yet again, we then follow a child who will become the new Agent M when she comes across a really cute creature, who she protects.
We then jump forward to a grown M who has worked out that the Men In Black organisation actually exists and she wants to enlist. A returning Agent O is clearly impressed and offers her a trial at their international branch as help is needed to stop yet another alien invasion that has put the planet at risk.
These scenes only really offer us some fun creature moments and annoyingly, as they feature so prominently on some of the film’s posters, nothing more than cameo appearances of Frank the pug and the worm guys, favourite characters from the franchise for us,and we are sure many others.
O is teamed up with H (as clearly they want to build on the fantastic chemistry the 2 have showed in the Marvel/Thor universe) and like the other films, they come across some crazy aliens, get some heavy weapons to fight them and various forms of high speed transport
The creatures involves all tyoes from a big blue henchman to a mini sidekick named Pawny, but the film with a near 2 hour run time just really drags in places.
This is definitely the least funny of the 4 films, as it gets bogged down with sub plots of insiders working for the aliens in the MiB headquarters, and quite frankly a whole sequence with Riza, an ex girlfriend of H wasn’t really needed as doesn’t really add anything to the film other than the reunion aspect.
Overall it’s a watchable film but a real disappointment, with some set pieces filled with numerous jokes about using the Neuralyzer, the 2 leads are ok but it really missed the deadpan character of Tommy Lee Jones as both characters are just far too similliar
Overall, you are just left sad that the once proposed crossover with the 21 Jump Street franchise had happened as this is just played far too safe and offers nothing new to a franchise that is now looking very tired.
The BMAF review
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