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Men in Black III: Movie Review


Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson, Jermaine Clement, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alice Eve
Released by: Columbia Pictures

In Short: It took director Barry Sonnenfeld and stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones 15 years to come up with a worthy sequel to "Men in Black," but they've pulled it off with this third installment of the classic sci-fi comedy film franchise.

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SMITH AND JONES, HAPPILY REUNITED

Black Suits, Aliens, Funny Attitudes Return

Let's face it. There will never be a movie like the original "Men in Black," the incredibly clever and amusing Barry Sonnenfeld flick from 1997 that starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as secret alien-monitoring agents. But that doesn't mean that they aren't going to try, since the idea is so cool and the chemistry between those actors is priceless. With that being said, "Men in Black 3," the latest sequel to that original classic is actually an amusing way to spend a couple of hours at the movies, getting back together with all those same guys.

Happily, Number 3 is a much better movie than the 2002 sequel "Men in Black II," which also brought director Sonnenfeld and his two stars together again. This time, Smith and Jones are once again Agents J and K, with the 2012 version starting 15 years after the last one but moving back and forth in time. In fact, it tells the origin story of the two black-suited, alien-fighting, secret-government-agency partners. As the comedy begins, the dynamic duo discovers that a particularly nasty alien convict named Boris the Animal (played to the creepy hilt by Jermaine Clement of "The Flight of the Conchords" fame) has escaped from a maximum-security prison on the moon and is hell-bent on destroying the earth and everyone living on it.

Naturally, our two heroes aren't going to let that happen, and in a well-structured plot created by Etan Cohen of "Tropic Thunder" fame, Agents J and K put their detective powers to work, get out their big shiny space guns and go after the exceptionally dangerous alien lunatic.

Will Smith in Men in Black III Nicole Scherzinger and Jermaine Clement in Men in Black III

Along the way to saving the world, the guys encounter a wild and wacky assortment of weird non-human life forms, including Griffin, a friendly alien who helps them understand how to use time-travel techniques to manipulate events. If it sounds slightly complicated, it is; but that's part of what makes it so much fun. Fun, too, is watching Smith as the very modern Agent J coping with the racial prejudices of American society circa 1969, and Josh Brolin give a pitch-perfect performance as a young Agent K. He's got every Tommy Lee Jones mannerism as Agent K down to a T!

Throw in the always wonderful Emma Thompson as Agent O, the head of the Men in Black's secret government organization; the delightful Alice Eve, who plays her as a young woman; and a hilarious take on Andy Warhol, with Bill Hader mimicking the wacked-out artist perfectly, and what you end up with is a film filled with terrifically likeable humans, along with all those inventively strange aliens. It's definitely a ride worth the price of admission.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters

 



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(Updated: 05/25/12 CT)

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