'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.
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.
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-Written by Corey Wood