Time travel has been a proven formula for many stories in the past (read Back to The Future and The Time Traveller’s Wife…), and I am glad to say that it actually worked out pretty well with this third and latest installment of The Men In Black. With a brand name like MIB, I didn’t really expect much from the movie except that it should be loaded with laughs and lots of cool gadgets and alien fun. As for the story, so long as it was not too over-the-top crazy or lame I would buy it. Hence given all that, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised once the credits started rolling. Not only did I have fun watching it, I felt that once you take away all the fluffy scenes, the storyline was actually pretty decent even captivating at the end. It certainly was not something I expected coming from the MIB series, so I’ll give them a thumbs up for that element of “unexpectedness”; and that’s something that is rare coming from a movie dealing with extraterrestrial beings and secret organizations.
The Story: Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return as our beloved Secret Agents J and K who deal with extraterrestrial activities on Earth. When a villain put behind bars by Agent K decades ago escapes and goes back in time to kill the man who imprisoned him, history is changed resulting in catastrophic consequences. In order to save his partner and to prevent the demise of Earth, Agent J has to travel back in time to save a younger Agent K (played by Josh Brolin).
My Rant: What I really loved about this film was the magic that Josh Brolin brought with him by playing a younger Agent K right down to a tee. Watching him on screen actually felt like I was watching Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K albeit with a new happier face that could actually express emotions. You could really feel the connection and similarities between their characters. Now I can’t wait to see Brolin in his upcoming movie Gangster Squad.
The characters involved this time round really enhanced the movie. Boris the villain was a mean looking alien with his weird quirky features and abilities, it was fun watching him while feeling a little icky at the same time. On the other spectrum, there was the delightfully but equally quirky alien Griffin who gave the movie a touch of warm fuzziness with his character who can see the ‘futures’. His happy-go-lucky and innocent demeanor was just endearing.
Now for the fun elements.
The cool gadget factor didn’t disappoint. There was plenty of geek content with the time jump device as well as the awesome looking Monowheel Cycles.
The film also featured some new alien species that were involved in the rough action, but what I missed were familiar faces from the prequels. That is one aspect of the film that I felt was missing for me. I really wished they added more screen time for the loveable worm guys that usually haunt the coffee/pantry area of the office. I only remember seeing flashes of them in Men In Black 3.
And lastly, what would a good popcorn movie be without some outrageous cameos. A certain pussycat doll lent her acting chops to the first act of the movie and though it was so random, it was fun seeing Nicole Scherzinger on the show nonetheless, even if it was just for the eye candy factor;]
Overall I would say this is one great popcorn movie that shouldn’t be missed! I watched it twice, once in normal settings and the other in 3D. I didn’t get anything extra out of the 3D experience, the 3D parts were actually quite lack lustre and I actually preferred the normal version so don’t waste your moolahs $$$ catching this in 3D. If you REALLY want an amazing 3D movie experience, stay tuned to my next post to find out which movie would sparkle in 3D;]