Men in Black (1997)

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Men in Black (1997)
  • Time: 98 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Fiorentino

Storyline:

Based off of the comic book. Unbeknownst to other people, there is a private agency code named MiB. This agency is some kind of extra terrestrial surveillance corporation. Then, one of the agency’s finest men only going by the name “K”, is recruiting for a new addition to the agency. He has chosen James Edwards of the N.Y.P.D. Then, one day, a flying saucer crashes into Earth. This was an alien a part of the “Bug” race. He takes the body of a farmer and heads to New York. He is searching for a super energy source called “The Galaxy”. Now, Agents J and K must stop the bug before it can escape with the galaxy.

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One review

  • Before I saw this movie I thought that it was going to be a stupid science fiction spoof. Most comedies these days I have found boring and when it comes down to sci-fi alien cover-up movies, I tend to like them realistic (such as the X-files) – and this is why I approached Men in Black with intense scepticism.

    After seeing it I have come to the conclusion that it is a pretty cool movie. There are heaps of nice little ideas in this movie, the special effects are extremely well done, and the comedy is quite appreciable. The effects need not be commented on and the ideas and the comedy go hand in hand so this is what I will look at. I will not go too deep into much of the stuff because I feel that the movie will be spoiled. Unlike Empire Records, Men in Black is not a deep movie and as such, I can only look at the shallow nature of it. Men in Black is entertainment and that is how we must approach it. This movie is a comedy. There is the occasional political gag and a jibe at a famous person, but mostly the comedy is of the type that I really like, and that is character interaction. Will Smith plays the stereotypical, happy-go-lucky, authority-dodging, afro-American police officer. Simply put, I think he makes the movie. His attitude towards everything and the way he bounces off various situations around him create a very lively character.

    The aliens are extremely well done. There are the occasional human aliens, but most of them are very alien. What seems to be a human in one way will turn out to be nothing more that a vehicle carrying an alien. This is a creature canteen (using the terminology that refers to the bar seen in Star Wars) that throws as many strange creatures at the viewer as possible. The Mexican Aliens are by far the best. All in all, this is a pretty good movie. As a piece of though provoking literature, it is nothing; but as entertainment, it is great and well worth seeing.

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