Men in Black: International (2019)

2.9 of 5 from 14 ratings
1h 55min
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The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.
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Lowell Cunningham, Matt Holloway
Action & Adventure, Comedy, Cinemas, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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115 minutes

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Neuralised - Men in Black: International review by ER

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All three sequels are forgettable and I only saw the newest one last night. I keep on going back for more but the magic of the first MIB is beginning to look like a fleet footed ghost that cannot be bottled up and sold again and again. Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones came back for two more sequels but were wise to give this new one the swerve as its attempts at invention and fun fall flat again and again. Maybe, I'm getting too old for MIB but if films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Logan can draw me then this has missed a giant trick.

See the cinema paradiso review because I essay my thoughts better an I agree with his thoughts. I will add though that the character keep on referring to H's (Chris Hemsworth) former glory days, that he's coasting and that the joy has gone. It's almost as if they are talking about the acotr himself who looks stoned and very bored. Tessa Thompson is too vapid to make much of an impression, her origin story and rise to the top of the ranks is faster than a Rocky montage on fast forward and you never get to know her.

It's a shame that MIB 4 is a throwaway as bits come to life and are actually quite charming but it soon becomes apparent that this is a cynical money spinner in this dead blockbuster period of boring cookie-cutter sequels / reboots / remakes / undercooked CGI BBQs. This one gave me a belly ache. Still it's nowhere near as bad as the MIB rip-off RIPD.

Negligible but young teens may well like it.

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Men in Black: International review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Similar to Ghostbusters, Sony has confused itself that the standout element to revive a franchise is to focus on the artificial rather than the personal. Men in Black: International continues this tradition by keeping its focus more on the world of aliens and futuristic tech than any of the comradery that made the 1997 original such a brilliant buddy cop picture. But you need a little more than cute aliens, nasty creatures, and a doomsday gun to make a fun adventure film.

Consider how much the film tip-toes around doing anything demeaning with Tessa Thompson. Her character starts out as an astute science-loving prodigy, clever enough to not only study up on alien existence, but also narrowly avoid the Men in Black as a kid and maintain her memories to remember an alien encounter. She’s perfect material for the Men in Black. Almost too perfect.

She’s teamed up for a London assignment with Chris Hemsworth playing a hotshot agent. Boasting his claim to fame, he once tackled an alien menace known as The Hive, earning him enough noteriety to be worthy of a painting in the hall of fame. He’s cocky, but always seems to have an easy out and is sure enough that he can either shoot or sleep his way out of any situation. He’s the perfect James Bond type for the Men in Black. Almost too perfect.

These two are just so perfect they have so little chemistry. In the film’s motivation to mark a more feminist friendly appeal, Thompson is first seen getting the hots for Hemsworth and then never again because if she did she’d be falling into an old trope of a man/woman partnership leading to love. But if they’re not an item, considering Thompson spends most of the film looking down on the dumb muscle, what’s the point of her initial window-shopping gazing in the introduction? And so the film proceeds to spend more time carefully stepping around any romance in lew of giving the two some genuine personality and chemistry.

The mission they’re sent on is such an uninspired one of a secret invasion and a mole within the agency; standard MIB situation. Haven’t we been down this road before? Located in the offices of a senior agent (Liam Neeson) is a painting depicting the events of the first film with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Just next to it is a painting of Hemsworth and Neeson stopping another alien threat in Paris. Have we not learned anything from history? At least enough to mock the familiar?

The only bit of mocking we’ll get out of the film, and personality for that matter, is from a miniature alien soldier voiced by Kumail Nanjiani. And, sadly, he too stays within his lane by mocking but never mocking too much. There’s such a distance from any and all character chemistry that the agents spend far more time talking about MacGuffins and invading aliens than anything about themselves. Why is it so hard for Sony to learn it’s not the THINGS that matter in the sci-fi adventure but the characters wielding those space-age weapons and talking to CGI creatures?

MIB: International is such a lifeless and bland picture you don’t even have to bother with the neuralyzer for trying to forget.

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