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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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Insidious

After a 12 year break, Phantom Menace star, Darth Maul makes an appearance in James Wan’s Insidious.

Okay so it may not be Darth Maul, but it’s pretty damn close.  Anyway, Insidious was made by, both, the creators of Saw and the creators of Paranormal Activity, which are two very different types of horror films.  Saw is all about the visuals, the traps, gore, etc, but Paranormal Activity focuses more on suspense, as a result, Insidious, falls somewhere in the middle.

The story follows a couple, Renai and Josh, and their three children as they move into a new house.  One of their sons, Dalton, is scared of his new room.  One night he hears a noise in the attic, which he explores, but a step on the ladder breaks causing him to fall.  He seems fine, besides being terrified by something in the corner of the room, but the next day they find he has slipped into a coma.  The strangeness in the house increases so much that the family, who are taking care of Dalton at home, decide to move.  However, the move proves fruitless and they are forced to face the truth; it’s not the house that’s haunted it is their son.

The film has received fairly positive reviews, but a common complaint, among fans and critics, is that the end of the movie cannot possibly live up to the high standard that is set by the rest of the film.  The plot sounds like a rollercoaster ride and, if the reviews are true, you’ll be watching it with your eyes closed.  If you live in America, you may already have seen it, but for us Irish folk, and people in the UK, we’ll have to wait until the 29th of April, which is only two days away, but still.

Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne star as Josh and Renai, respectively, and it was directed by James Wan.  If you’re a horror movie fan then this is probably a must see, it’s already the most profitable film of 2011 and it’s not even out everywhere yet.  Let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Men in Black 3

On the 25th of May 2012 the third Men in Black movie will hit cinemas, a full ten years after its predecessor.  Will Smith and Tommie Lee Jones will be returning as Agents J and K, respectively.  Barry Sonnenfield, director of the first two MIB films, will once again be director and Steven Spielberg will be returning as executive producer.

This movie will see Agents J and K travel back in time, using an Apple Store, to the 60s were they encounter K’s younger self, played by Josh Brolin.  While in the past, they must stop, time travelling villain, Boris, played by Jemaine Clement, from killing young K.  If K dies in the best then Earth in the present will be destroyed, for some reason.  I assume it would be either because K never would have stopped some alien attack or that it would just mess up the very fabric of existence.  Several celebrities of the time make cameos in the film were they are all revealed to be aliens.  These include; Jimi Hendrix, Yoko Ono and Andy Warhol.

The time travel angle had fans worried that it was being done as a way to replace Tommie Lee Jones, while still having his character in the film.  However, we now know that both Ks will be in the movie.  I’m not convinced that Josh Brolin, age 43, should play the 60s version of Tommy Lee Jones, age 64, seeing as Jones would only be in his 20s in the 60s.

The movie will be in eye popping 3D, which I’m glad about.  If any movie could really benefit from being in 3D, it’s this one.  The, sure to be over the top, alien attacks will look amazing as they fly straight at you through the screen.  This movie will definitely be a walk down nostalgia lane, but let’s hope it picks up some new follows as well, as it will be competing against all of the big summer blockbusters.

What do you think?  Are you glad they’ve resurrected this franchise?  If you could time travel what time period would you visit?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also if you like this post, don’t forget to subscribe.


New Grit

True Grit was originally a book by Charles Portis.  In 1969, a year after the books release, a movie adaptation was made, this movie starred John Wayne as, a character with true grit, Reuben (Rooster) Cogburn.  John Wayne won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award (Oscar) for his performance; this was the only time, in his entire career, that Wayne got an Oscar.  Although the book was a standalone story, the movie had two sequels.  The first, of these sequels, also starred John Wayne and followed the same basic story as its predecessor.  The second, on the other hand, starred Warren Oates; this sequel was made-for-TV, which shows the decline in popularity from the first, which did so well, and its sequels.

The 2010 version is not just a simple remake.  It’s the reopening of a genre of movie that hasn’t really been explored in film lately; hopefully it will be more successful than when Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino brought back Grindhouse.  Even if you’re not a fan of westerns, it’ll be interesting to see how modern technology affects the genre.

The movie is about a fourteen year old girl called Mattie, who hires Cogburn, an aging US marshal, to help catch Tom Chaney, the man that killed her father.  Mattie is determined to go along on the search, even though Cogburn tries to stop her.  A Texas Ranger called La Boeuf, is also looking for Chaney and goes along with Mattie and Cogburn, against Mattie’s will.

This version is closer to the book than the first one.  The book is narrated by Mattie, as an old woman who is retelling the events of how she avenged her father’s death.  The new movie is also narrated by an older Mattie, but this was left out of the original movie, possibly to leave it open for sequels.

The new True Grit, and its cast, has already been nominated for many awards, including the Oscar for best actor (Jeff Bridges is nominated).  Winning awards isn’t anything new for the cast, Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges play La Boeuf and Cogburn respectively, both of which already have an Oscar.  The movie is already been released in the US, but it doesn’t come out in Ireland until the 11th of February, the day after it opens for the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.

What do you think of this movie?  Do you think this is the return of westerns?  If so, do you think it’s a good think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


Being Human US Remake 9 Days To Go

In nine days the American remake of Being Human will air.  On the 17th of January the world will finally know whether or not the remake is as good as the original.  It’s still unclear if it will premiere worldwide on that date or if it’s only going to air on the American Syfy.  Personally I think it should air on the UK Syfy as well.  After all fans of the original should be the first to see it, not the last.

The promos don’t look promising I’m afraid.  British humour doesn’t translate very well and I fear that American’s might not pull it off, but I hope they do.  Some of the changes to the series have been revealed.  In the US version vampires have superhuman speed and psychic powers; they do not have either of these in the UK series.  Also Vampires can drink blood from a blood bank, which they can’t in the English version because it tastes disgusting.  Oh and ghosts can fly, and look ridiculous while they do it, thankfully they can’t do that in the UK show.

I’m don’t agree with a lot of the changes that have been made, I would have preferred a unity in folklore and completely changing the story, but they seem to have done the opposite; keeping the same storylines and just messing with the folklore.  In fact an interesting thought would be to develop continuality between both versions.  There are millions of ways that you could do it, but they didn’t.

I’ve yet to see the show being advertised on TV, but that’s not saying much because I don’t watch Syfy very often.  I’ll put up another post when I find out whether or not it’s going to be shown in countries besides the US, so don’t forget to check back.


Being Human

A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost walk into a house and…  Yes it sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it was actually the start of a beautiful friendship (and not a bad TV show either).

Being Human, like all shows, started as a pilot.  Even after the first episode aired the future of the show was still uncertain.  An online petition, which was signed by over 3000 people, encouraged editors to give the series the go ahead.  A lot of things changed between the pilot and the second episode.  The most obvious of these changes was the entire cast being replaced, that is except Russell Tovey, who plays George the lovable werewolf.

The recasting was blamed on the altering of the shows ‘tone’ and scheduling problems with Andrea Riseborough.  However the new cast proved to be a good choice as the show’s popularity took off.  The show is now so popular that it has caught the eye of the American’s and is being killed, I mean remade.

Annie, George and Mitchell, will be transformed into Sally, Josh and Aidan, played by Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington and Sam Witwer respectively.  Also joining the cast is Mark Pellegrino, who played Jacob on the amazing show Lost.  The new actors have been discouraged from watching the original series as the direct does not simply want to copy and paste the story, but instead he will make it his own.

Being Human (remake) will air on SyFy this January and will be the first scripted show the channel has made since they changed their name from SciFi.  The promo shows the show will not be made ‘tamer’ for the US audience, but does highlight some bad acting.  If nothing else this will draw more attention on the original series, so fans of the English version, myself included, should give this show a chance and we could be pleasantly surprised (look how well the US office turned out).

Comment below and let me know whether or not you feel that the remake is a good thing.