In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back…in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him — secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind. – (C) Sony
|Date||May 31, 2012|
|Tags||Action, Comedy, Josh Brolin, Men in Black, Sci-fi, Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith.|
Take a look at the trailer for MIB 3 at the end of the review.
The Men in Black return for the third, and arguably the best installment into the Men in Black franchise. Men in Black 3 is yet another successful franchise that has continued to use the original cast. This film follows the same criteria of the last two movies, basically an action-comedy with a touch sci-fi (if we can get away with calling a film with aliens as having just a touch of sci-fi).
Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) are still partners and their relationship hasn’t changed at all. K is still the grumpy old man, who tries to not show any emotion. While J is still the fast talking, youngish agent who seems like he is still trying to gain K’s approval. Basically what kicks the story off is an evil alien, Boris The Animal (Jemaine Clement), escapes from prison and goes back in time to kill Agent K. J has to follow him back to 1969 and convince a younger version of Agent K (Josh Brolin) about the entire situation.
Brolin did an excellent job playing K. It was almost like watching Tommy Lee Jones as a younger actor. From his voice to his overall mannerisms, Brolin delivered a flawless performance. Even the relationship between K and J seemed like nothing changed from the previous two films. His performance was a huge part of what made this film work. If the younger Agent K wasn’t played correctly, it would be hard to consider this film as a success.
Men in Black 3 still had all of the comedy that made it a successful franchise. Smith delivered his same old classic performance that has made him famous. He was fun to watch and the role of Agent J seems to just come naturally to him.
A very nice touch to this film that complemented the time travel was that the audience got to learn a lot about Both J and K’s lives before they became seasoned veterans of MIB. Agent K wasn’t always the same grumpy old man that we have been accustomed to. As far as what happened with J… you will just have to wait and see. The time travel also allowed us to see what the MIB was like over 40 years ago, which was a pretty cool addition to the franchise.
One thing that the audience might realize is there aren’t as many aliens in the third film as the previous two. Obviously, it is still based of the alien premise that made it famous; it is just that the majority of the film is based on J and K chasing after Boris The Animal. There wasn’t a lot of time spent in MIB headquarters, at least when compared to the previous two films. This was a solid way to approach the third film because if you are a fan of the franchise, you already have come accustomed to all of the aliens and there really is much more they could add.
Overall, Men in Black 3 brings enough to the table to make it an excellent addition to this summer’s list of films. The storyline really added to the previous two movies, and it really takes a deeper look into what made J and K who they are today. The chemistry between J and young Agent K was flawless, Brolin made it very believable that he was a younger version of Jones. Hollywood Apples is picking Men in Black 3 and we highly recommend it. If you have been a fan of the MIB franchise, don’t miss out on the third installment.