Men in Black 2 (2002)

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Men in Black 2 (2002)
  • Time: 88 min
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Lara Flynn Boyle

Storyline:

Kay and Jay reunite to provide our best, last and only line of defense against a sinister seductress who levels the toughest challenge yet to the MIBs untarnished mission statement: protecting the earth from the scum of the universe. It’s been four years since the alien-seeking agents averted an intergalactic disaster of epic proportions. And now it’s a race against the clock as Jay must convince Kay-who not only has absolutely no memory of his time spent with the Men In Black, but is also the only living person left with the expertise to save the galaxy-to reunite with the MIB before the earth submits to ultimate destruction.

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2 reviews

  • In a way maybe I should have not been so hasty in giving Men in Black III such a high score because after watching the previous two I must admit that it really wasn’t as good as the earlier movies and in reality suffers from the curse of the sequel, or more accurately, the law of diminishing returns (as it applies to movies that is). This film was funny, and I did enjoy it, but in reality it was nowhere near as good as the first one. However, since this movie was released 8 years after the first (and the third released 10 years after this one) it sort of gives audiences a reprieve so that when they see the next installment, unless they have seen the earlier movies shortly before they see the later one, then it is difficult to make a comparison.

    As we know from the last one, Agent K has retired and Agent J is now onto his second partner (the girl decided that she didn’t like hunting aliens, so she returned to the morgue) and he realises that being a MiB is not all that he expected, so J wipes his mind and sends him on his way. However it turns out that something from K’s past has returned, taken over MiB headquarters, and J must now bring K back into the MiB so that they might have a chance at stopping this new evil.

    I really liked the intro to this movie which had a corny 1950’s conspiracy clip along with the really bad effects. There is a reason why they show this clip at the beginning as not only does to serve as a intro to the main action of the movie, but it also plays an important role later on.

    You may remember that at the end of the first movie, K’s memory was wiped so J must find a way of getting it back, and when he does he discovers that the memory they require was also wiped meaning that getting that back is a lot more difficult, however fortunately K had left clues for him to follow, and some of those clues are hilarious (such as the race of aliens that live in a locker in Grand Central Station). Also I must mention that the end of this movie was similar to the end of the first movie where our existence is put into perspective (though they did not do that at the end of the Third movie). I also really liked the world that is encased in a sphere of water. All in all not as funny as the first movie, but much funnier than the third.

  • The ‘Men in Black’ are back after a decade of absence from the big screen. Actually, that’s not so much a big deal as few people care whether there is a Men in Black III or not. The big deal here is that Will Smith is back after four years (that feels like an eternity for die-hard fans of the popular actor) since Seven Pounds (2008) and Hancock (2008).

    There was a time when Smith would light up the box-office with summer blockbusters like Independence Day (1996), Bad Boys 2 (2003), and I Am Legend (2007). The success (or failure) of Men in Black III will tell us if Smith still has got his mojo.

    For those who are new to the MIB universe, not to fear as no curve balls are thrown. The filmmakers make sure viewers are acquainted with the rules and logic of the world Agent J (Smith) and his partner Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) operate in.

    There are only two important things that you need to know: One, K and J are super-secret spies who hunt down rogue alien creatures on Earth. Two, and this is plainly obvious, they’ve been buddies since 1997, which was when the first MIB installment was released to popular acclaim. The less said about its sequel Men in Black II (2002) the better though.

    One could argue that Men in Black III is more of the same. Only that this is much more fun than the second installment. Throw in a premise that deals with time travel and a self-proclaimed indestructible villain that has escaped after being locked up on the Moon for forty years, and you get some serious chaos.

    Every time travel movie will have its fair share of inexplicable plot points, Men in Black III is no exception, except that the plot can get pretty mind-boggling, and just like saturated fats, it’s not the good kind. But of course, in such a universe as blatantly outlandish as the MIB’s, viewers tend to be more forgivable if things don’t seem to make sense.

    Director Barry Sonnenfeld, who also helmed the previous two movies, keeps consistency in check, at least in terms of mood, which is a weird mix of situational humour, and humour that is supposed to be funny but not (and vice versa). The dialogue occasionally falls flat, and the pacing is not as tight as it should be, leaving some dull moments that even Smith cannot pull a rabbit out of.

    Men in Black III redeems itself somewhat from its dumb blockbuster tag with a surprisingly touching epilogue that explains not only the frosty demeanour of Agent K, but also the secrets he has been keeping from Agent J all these years.

    The bulk of the film takes place in 1969, where we see a young Agent K (Josh Brolin). Brolin’s quite admirable effort in capturing the accent, mannerisms, and facial expressions of Jones’ character means that Jones is not sorely missed, despite the fact that the success of the MIB franchise relies almost entirely on the chemistry between Smith and Jones.

    Men in Black III offers disposable entertainment, the kind that few remember after leaving the theatre. It makes for a good two hours of escapist fun though.

    Verdict: Disposable entertainment, but one with a surprisingly touching epilogue.

    GRADE: C+ (6.5/10)

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