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Men in Black 3

By AP KRYZA
Nobody ever gave a shit about the Men in Black. Not the movie—in fact, the original is pretty great, a lean, awesomely ridiculous creature feature in the vein of Ghostbusters. The characters were wonderfully broad, with Will Smith playing the scrappy wiseass to Tommy Lee Jones' sourpuss while they turned aliens into goop. We weren't really asked to care about them as people, and it was perfect. A decade after the wack sequel, the prospect of resurrecting the original's scattershot whimsy is a welcome idea, especially given the setup, which involves Smith going back in time to prevent a gnarly alien biker (a snarling Jemaine Clement) from assassinating Jones' younger self (Josh Brolin, doing a frighteningly accurate and hysterical impression of his No Country for Old Men co-star), all along encountering everything from racist cops to Apollo 11 and Andy Warhol. But hey, what about Smith's daddy issues? Or Jones' relationship with Agent O? Or the father-son relationship forged between Smith and Jones? An even better question: Who gives a fuck about any of that? Director Barry Sonnenfeld does, and he lets it detract from the promising premise, wedging in forced emotion and pushing awesome Rick Baker-designed alien action to the background.
 
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Science fiction
  • Release Date: Friday, May 25, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Brief Suggestive Content, Sci-Fi Action Violence ]
  • Critic's Score: C
  • Starring: Will Smith [Agent J], Tommy Jones [Agent K], Josh Brolin [Young Agent K], Jemaine Clement [Boris the Animal], Michael Stuhlbarg [Griffin], Emma Thompson [Agent O], Alice Eve [Young Agent O], Bill Hader [Andy Warhol]
  • Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld [Director], Etan Cohen [Screenwriter], Walter F. Parkes [Producer], Laurie MacDonald [Producer], Steven Spielberg [Executive Producer], G. Mac Brown [Executive Producer], Bill Pope [Cinematographer], Bo Welch [Production Design], Don Zimmerman [Film Editor], Danny Elfman [Original Music], Mary Vogt [Costume Designer]
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