I remember back in 2002 when I walked out the theater after watching Men In Black 2 feeling entertained and having some good laughs, but overall it didn’t quite recapture the “magic” of the 1997 original Men In Black film. Being a fan of the MIB series I was thrilled when it was announced that director and executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld and Steven Spielberg, along with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones were all returning to complete the trilogy an astonishing 15 years after the original hit sci-fi/comedy blockbuster. I am happy to report that Men In Black 3 returns the franchise to the “magic” of why we fell in love with the original…which is well blended science-fiction action, polished special effects and outrageous dry humor comedy.
The film begins with the introduction of the lead villain Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) on the LunarMax prison on the moon. In my opinion, all the main villains of the three films always took a back drop to the star power of the Men in Black themselves, but I have to say I really liked Boris. He was exactly what the film needed him to be, which was a powerful alien psychopath intent on revenge, and world domination, by time-traveling back to 1969 to rectify his past of not only having his arm shot off and being arrested by Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) but to also to succeed in his plan to pave the way for his unstoppable Boglodite race to invade Earth. Early in the movie you will find not much has changed with Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K. Agent J is still his usual smart & witty self, and Agent K is still all business as usual. So much in fact it seems, Agent J is growing tired of having a partner for 14 years who shares nothing of his personal life and is incapable of so much as even smiling after a joke. Which is clear in Agent J‘s subtle hostility when he receives a late night phone call from his partner. The film’s plot begins to take focus the following morning when Agent J wakes up and learns (the film explains later why Agent J still remembers having Agent K as a partner for the last 14 years) that he has a “new’ partner and Agent K died attempting to arrest Boris the Animal back in 1969.
As always I won’t spoil the plot, but the rest of the film revolves around Agent J time-traveling back to 1969 to stop Boris the Animal from erasing Agent K‘s existence and to make sure the success of the ArcNet Shield being created to protect the Earth from any hostile alien invasion which in Agent J‘s universe originally existed before Boris’ time-traveling quest for revenge. Not to mention learning a bit about his own history along the way to saving his partner. What really made this film special was Agent J meeting a young, full of life 29-year-old Agent K (Josh Brolin) and the interaction between the two, as well as Agent J truly getting to know his partner of the last 14 years. Also worth mentioning is the very well done performance by Brolin, of Agent K. He absolutely nailed what I imagine a 29-year-old Tommy Lee Jones/Agent K would be like.
This Blu-ray/DVD is one of those crank up the surround-sound, pop some popcorn and turn off the lights movies. The special effects are impressive, the plot is well written and the comedy is truly a return to the “magic” of the original. My only nitpick would be the small screen time of Tommy Lee Jones and absence of Chief Zed (Rip Torn) and Frank the pug (Tim Blaney). However a respectful nod was given to both. If you’re a fan of the MIB series, this film won’t disappoint.
I give it a very solid, 3 out of 4 Throwing Stars!
Men in Black 3 is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack/DVD on November 30th, 2012.