Men In Black: International: The BRWC Review.
By Caillou Pettis.
The Men in Black franchise is one that has definitely declined in quality with every sequel and I think that most people can agree with that. Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1997 blockbuster original film was an extremely clever, hilarious, and exciting picture that won the hearts of many upon release and is still beloved decades later. Its eventual sequel was not received as highly though. It was certainly not as good as its predecessor, but still had its moments, whereas the third installment fell short on practically every level. For many years, audiences thought that Men in Black 3 would be the final entry in the exciting series until now.
As far as similarities go between the original trilogy and Men In Black: International, one of the biggest is its sense of chemistry between its two lead protagonists. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones were remarkable as Agent J and Agent K, respectively, and the exact same thing can and should be said about Hemsworth and Thompson here. This does not mark the first time these two actors have been on screen together, as they have shared the screen together in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame most notably. The chemistry they exude in this film is some of the best of the entire year so far. They are lightning in a bottle.
Long time fans of the series as well as general moviegoers can expect to see some over the top, zany action sequences that the franchise has become known for at this point. However, do not get your hopes up thinking that there will be dozens of these moments because they are rather limited this time around. It definitely would have been nice to have seen more of the wacky chaos that we are used to thus far. There are really only a handful of these scenes which was a bit of a disappointment, especially considering that this is a series of films in which agents wear sunglasses, tote around gigantic futuristic weaponry and attempt to crack down on other worldly threats.
In addition, some of the computer generated imagery looked somewhat unfinished which is weird considering that this is a film being released in 2019, and the visual effects in the aforementioned films do not look too much different than this one. There is one character in Men In Black: International named Pawny, who does work quite well in a few scenes, and he is one of the only CGI characters that does not look too bad. It is the other creatures shown in various moments that just seemed off.
Some of the acting here can be a bit off and sometimes just downright weak as well, most notably from Liam Neeson who portrays High T, the head of the United Kingdom branch of the Men in Black organization. Most of the time he is on screen, his acting comes off as a bit wooden sadly.
The humor here is one of the biggest problems. The original two movies are consistently comedic throughout the entire running time. It is rather apparent that writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway were really making an effort to make Men In Black: International a hilarious film with a sense of cleverness to it much like the others but there are never any moments of true comedy shining through. Furthermore, the story was never one that is not all that intriguing, mostly because all of the eventual plot twists are ones that many will be able to see coming from a mile away.
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