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Men in Black 3 Review

For a while it didn’t really look like there was going to be a third Men in Black film, but after a ten year absence Agents J and K have returned to the big screen.

Regardless of how you felt about the second film, if you enjoyed the first, you should give this sequel a shot.  The story picks up years after the events of the second film with an old foe of K’s escaping from an alien prison.  When word spreads J, seeing K is hiding something, begins to tire of the seemingly emotionless relationship the two have.  Then, with a simple alteration to the timeline, Agent K disappears from the present having now been killed in 1969.  J, being the only one who remembers the original timeline, must travel back in time to prevent the change.

Originally the plot seemed like a way to deprive MIB fans of Tommy Lee Jones, who plays the role of K brilliantly, but it quickly became clear that although Jones is physically absence from a large part of the film he is there in spirit, as Josh Brolin has clearly done his research and emulates Jones perfectly.  Brolin’s version of K is more open than his older counterpart, which is because an event that causes him to become emotionally distant hasn’t happened yet.  His enables J, played by Will Smith, to get to know his partner a little better.  Also, despite Brolin in reality being 44, a year older than Will Smith, his character is 29 making him the younger agent.  This adds a new interesting twist to their relationship, similar to K discovering the changes that had happened during his absence when he returned in number two.

The plot was interesting and funny, which was somewhat of a surprise as I had prepared myself for 106 minutes of boredom.  Though it’s never really clear about why Agent J can remember K in the present, it does give a vague reason, but I’ll let it go because the rest of the plot was interesting and really enjoyable.  Seeing MIB in 1969 was like watching an old sci-fi movie, even the aliens were made to look like the ones that would appear in those kinds of films.  Time travel is always a really interesting plot device, but it’s also so easy to do wrong.  If it’s too complex then you lost most of the audience and you risk making mistakes, if it’s too simplistic then it just won’t feel real.  MIB 3 probably would have been close to the too simple side were it not for Griffin, played by Michael Stuhlbarg.  Griffin is similar to Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen, except he’s funny and generally a nice guy.

The biggest let down of the film is that Frank, the talking Pug, isn’t in it.  Frank appeared in both previous MIB movies, receiving a larger role in the second instalment because of how much audience’s loved his character in the first film.  It seems like a strange choice not to give him a part, considering he’s a fan favourite.  I guess in a world were Tommy Lee Jones doesn’t even get to appear in the full film, no one is safe.  All things considered, Men in Black 3 is a fun, clever and interesting movie that deserves to be given a chance.

Did you like the film?  How do you think it compares to the previous two instalments?  Which MIB film is your favourite?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to subscribe and, if you liked this post, click the like button.

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