Spider-man 3, X-Men: The Last Stand, Scream 3.
Second sequels, or threequels don’t have a great track record (Rocky III being the exception of course), so I was a little nervous about seeing the third in the Men In Black series, especially as I wasn’t overly fussed on the second.
However, these fears turned out to be unfounded as it was quite an enjoyable sci fi comedy, largely due to some good work from the cast and a rather clever time travel storyline.
Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) continue their defence of the Earth, and run into an alien assassin Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement), who has been imprisoned for 40 years after K stopped him and caused him to lose his arm.
J’s attempts to learn more about the case are hindered and causes friction between the partners.
Boris decides to leap back in time and help his younger self succeed and kill K, causing time to change, with J the only person who can remember the other timeline.
The new MIB boss O (Emma Thompson) fills him in that K failed and J travels back to 1969 to save K and make sure history goes the way it should. He teams up with the young K (Josh Brolin) and they rush to stop Boris.
First of all, I really liked the whole time travel thing, especially the genius casting of Brolin as K.
He looks the part and captures TLJ’s trademark deadpan toughness, while also conveying a youthful enthusiasm and energy that has been lost over the years. I can’t think of any example of casting a younger version that works as well.
The youthful K also adds something fresh to the mix, and the interplay between Smith and Brolin really works and it gives Smith a chance to play the partnership’s leader.
Smith is as likable and charming as ever, and carries the film with ease.
Tommy Lee Jones appears at both ends of the film and is still funny doing his deadpan schtick. Although TLJ does look old in some of his scenes, it kind of works and you still get the sense of him being a guy who takes no shit.
There are some fairly standard time travel gags but there are some nice touches, particularly in the retro stylings and aliens.
Also there’s a fantastic alien character who can see all possible futures which is a fascinating idea.
The villain, Boris is a really cool villain, genuinely intimidating and designed in a really cool, if gross way. There’s a genuine ick factor to the effects.
The rest of the cast does quite well, and there’s a nice turn from Emma Thompson, who gets one of the best bits in the film, and is awesome as ever.
I saw one of those TV tie-in shows which featured quite a bit of Nicole Scherzinger, so it was a surprise that her role in the film is extremely brief.
Yes, it riffs on some of the same jokes and TLJ and Smith retread the same stuff they did in the first films, but they do it well, and there are some nice touches, along with Brolin’s good work to make it an enjoyable movie.
Verdict: Far from groundbreaking but a step up from the second movie. Everyone does a good job and the look, as ever is great. Brolin excels playing the young K and the gags and action keep it ticking over nicely. 6/10.
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