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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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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.


The Resident

In every city thousands of women live alone, Juliet is not one of those women.  After renting an apartment that seems too good to be true, Juliet finds out that she’s not alone.  Her seemingly nice landlord has become obsessed with her and is watching her every move.  There isn’t a safe room in the apartment, so she’ll have to fight to survive.

I always have my doubts about films that only have one or two victims.  Let’s face it, the main character, most likely, isn’t going to die, so you go in already knowing how it’s going to end.  At least when there’s five or six main characters there is some real danger for the characters, because they can’t all survive.

The trailer looks good, but not great.  It really reminds me of Vacancy.  It has all those unbelievable tunnels that you only see in the movies, probably because most real killers are just going to kill you and not play hide and seek first.  It really doesn’t even look scary, bear in mind I’m really not easily scared.  If you liked Vacancy you’ll probably like this as well.  It stars Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Christopher Lee. 

One thing I do love about the film is that the name could have two meanings.  She’s the resident of the apartment but she’s also a doctor (one of the levels of qualifications of doctors in a resident). 

It’s in cinemas now if you want to check it out.  Let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below.