'Men in Black 3' Review By Corey W.

Somewhat enjoyable. Men in Black 3 is a good step-up from the second film but this one better be a conlusion. A fourth installment would never have this film's luck, which is being fairly decent.
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To think that it has been ten years since the release of "Men in Black 2" is such a crazy, crazy thought. I can remember the day my father and I went to see the film. I can also remember my reaction of disliking it too. Being a fan of the first Men in Black as a kid, the second installment was a huge disappointment. Now ten years later with a third installment a little too out-of-date, I can honestly say I had zero interest in "Men in Black 3". If it wasn't for a couple buddies of mine wanting to catch a matinée for the film this afternoon, I probably would have never caught this one in theaters. Don't let the rating fool you though, as low as it may look that doesn't necessarily mean that I didn't like or enjoy the movie; I just didn't think it was great. Nonetheless, "Men in Black 3" actually puts in good effort to make itself a fun summer-hit. For that, I respect it.

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones both return to their respective roles as Agent J and Agent K. For the roughly fourteen minutes or so that Tommy Lee Jones is actually on screen, you can actually feel the chemistry between him and Smith that made Men in Black such a hit and Men in Black 2 somewhat bearable. While from the trailers you can probably tell that Jones wasn't going to appear throughout the entire film, I do wish the movie gave him a little more screen-time than he received. For some strange reason, I just got the feeling Tommy Lee Jones wasn't all too thrilled to be shooting another Men in Black. I got the idea he felt like he was done with the character back in 2002 with the second-film, and honestly, you really can't blame him.

Will Smith looked like he was having a grand ol' time though. He's super stoked, energetic, and almost a little too hyped-up throughout the entire film. He does what he can with the material and tries to make a joke out of every line that was written for him. Quite frankly, the script just wasn't funny enough. Will Smith's character was hilarious in the first film and in the second installment he was at least humorous. This movie on the other hand was a little flat on the jokes so watching Smith try to make everything funny was a little awkward at times. In the end, the film only made me laugh once so it definitely didn't serve well in the comedic-area.

The storyline here is at least ten times better than it was in the previous Men in Black adventure. I wasn't too fond of the idea of time-travel when seeing the trailers but it actually worked pretty well, or at least a lot better than I had expected. The film kicks off a little slow in the first thirty minutes or so but once it travels back to 1969, it certainly picks up a lot. The film starts off introducing us to Boris the Animal, a prison escapee right off of the Moon with only one task in mind: seeking revenge on Agent K. Boris' master plan is to go back in time forty years and kill Agent K before ever locking him up. When Agent K vanishes and it is said that he died forty-years previous, Agent J travels back to 1969 to kill Boris in order to save K's life. In the past, Agent J teams up with a younger version of K and from there, well, you got yourself a Men in Black adventure.

The storyline isn't too complicated nor is it boring either. The film does a good job keeping your attention sky-high but once the film reaches the sixty-minute mark it starts to drag on a little bit. At a 103 minute run-time, Men in Black 3 doesn't sound long at all. Unfortunately, the film feels like a little over two hours because of the story's dragging conclusion. It felt a lot longer than it needed to be. Men in Black 3 could have easily shaved off ten minutes for the sake of time.

The visuals here are top-notch. All three "Men in Black" films have done a great job on the special-effects and "Men in Black 3" goes the extra-mile. The 3D here is surprisingly good and definitely brings out the quality of the movie. Visuals never mean anything without a good storyline but for Men in Black 3 it actually has both. If you do plan on catching this one on the big-screen it is highly recommended that you see it in 3D.

Men in Black 3 isn't a perfect film but it is somewhat enjoyable, at least more so than what some were expecting. It's not something I'll ever think about seeing again but the story was decent-enough for the film to be a good one-time watch. The movie lacks humor which is something that one can either say is good or bad, but in the end I'm sure anyone can have a alright time here. It has the most heart of the trilogy which is definitely a strong element compared to the other two. Hopefully this was the farewell for the series because honestly a fourth film just wouldn't have this one's luck. It would most likely turn out just like the second. If you're not a fan of the first two films, this one is probably only worth renting.

Thanks for the read!

-Written by Corey Wood

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Comments (10)

  1. Nicholaus XX

    @corey -- Good review, man. I'll definitely rent this, after I see the second one, of course.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  2. moviegeek

    @corey I liked it! Moreso than the other two films even. The beginning was super rough, but once the time travel started, the film was really good. I enjoyed it a lot.

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  3. Corey W.

    @skywise Best in the series? No way! That comment better not lead to a fourth film! :P

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  4. Corey W.

    @moviegeek Thanks man. Let me know what ya think once you see it :)

    @ghostman Same here. Not nearly as much as you (you gave it a 3.5 correct) but I still had fun.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  5. slysnide

    @corey: Sounds about right. Thanks, I'll skip this. And wow, I can't believe it's been a decade either. (doesn't 10yrs sound longer when you say decade? I think it does, and it's freaking me out. 1 Full Decade!)

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  6. skywise

    @corey Great review. It seems this movie has split most audiences. some praise it as the best in the series and others dont think to highly of it. However, i enjoy reading differing views and of course will make up my own mind when i see it.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  7. Ghostman

    @corey I enjoyed it, a lot more fun than MIB2 and the 3D was really great!

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  8. SherlockHolmes2009

    @corey Good review, I could understand if Tommy Lee Jones didnt want to do another, with it being 10 year gap and the fact they didnt give him enought screentime. At least the story worked out good, I was worried the time travel aspect would make it terrible

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  9. moviegeek

    Cool. I plan to see this on Sunday. I hear good things about the 3D, so maybe I'll go for that.

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag