MIB III: bends space and time but fails to rock my world

This week saw the third, and presumably the last, instalment in what has become a Men in Black trilogy.

Starring an ever youthful looking Will Smith, a rather deliberately haggard looking Tommy Lee Jones, and an astonishingly handsome Josh Brolin, MIB III has all the hallmarks of its predecessors. Both tongue in cheek and cringe-tastic humour runs rampant through the flick, awkward at some points but chuckle-inducing at many.

The premise of the film is simple – an enemy alien force seeks revenge on Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) for his loss of a limb and subsequent years of imprisonment. Breaking free of his lunar prison after 40 years, the delectably devious Borris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) discovers the secret of time travel and journeys back to the day his evil plan was thwarted and attempts a re-write of history. Agent J (Will Smith) discovers the plan and has no choice but to follow Borris back through time and tries to save his surly and unwitting partner.

Being totally honest, this film is not a ground-breaking one. It is simplistic, sometimes childish and most of the screen time is devoted to Will Smith. Despite its failings, however, I do think it’s well worth a watch for the majority of people out there. At the very least, it’s several times better than MIB II: a disastrous movie indeed.

Most films that incorporate time travel end up being slightly confusing… sometimes intentionally so. This is not the case with MIB III. They’ve kept things as easy to follow as possible and it actually ends up being a better movie because of that. Unlike some of the more intellectual time travel movies, it just wants to entertain you, it doesn’t want to mess with you head.

Another plus comes in the form of Josh Brolin who plays the younger version of Agent K. Brolin is probably the best thing about this film as he completely rejuvenated Jones’ character. His slow, melodic drawl is a dead ringer for Jones’ own speech. Throw in some familiar dialogue for past and present Agent K and suddenly you’re seeing into the past. Apart from speech patterns, the two also share some very similar physical attributes which adds to the believability of it all.

Of course, fans of MIB I and II may get annoyed that there’s not much continuity between the three films… one fan, for example, mentioned to me that Agent O is nowhere to be seen in I or II yet, going on occurrences in III, she has apparently been a big part in Agent K’s life. I’m sure the writers and producers could explain this away by saying she left the country (or something) while the events of I and II unfolded… but it’s still an annoying continuity error.

If you’re going to see this film, don’t expect be blown away, don’t get hung up on the events of the first two films, and don’t over-analyse the characters. Accept the film as a bit of light-hearted entertainment and that’s exactly what you’ll get.


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  1. Sascha

     /  June 3, 2012

    Just saw it there haha thought it was really good though really enjoyed it, you wouldn’t have had to have seen the first 2 to enjoy this but still pretty impressed since wasn’t expecting too much 🙂

  2. That seems to be the reaction I’m getting from most people tbh… I did find some faults with it (as mentioned above) but if I wasn’t looking at it critically, I’d say I really enjoyed it! Very surprised, I thought it was gonna be awful :p

  3. laurahartleyy

     /  June 6, 2012

    Most reviews I’ve read seem to say the same – that’s its alright, but nothing special. I’m quite disappointed 😦 I’ve never been a massive fan of the MIB series, but I really love Will Smith so I’ll probably watch this just for him 🙂


    • Well it’s definitely worth a watch! And I agree, Will Smith is fantastic. I loved the Graham Norton episode where he sang the theme tune from Fresh Prince! He seems like a really nice person too.


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