Friday, May 25, 2012

Review: Men In Black 3 [2012]

Release Date: 24 May 2012 (Malaysia), May 25 2012 (USA)
Directed By: Barry Sonnenfeld
Written By: Ethan Cohen, David Koepp, Jeff Nathanson, Michael Soccio, Lowell Cunningham
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jermain Clement, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emma Thompson, Alice Eve
Duration: 103 minutes
In A Nutshell:
When a vicious alien criminal named Boris The Animal (played by Jermain Clement) escapes from the Lunar Max prison facility, he time travels back to the year 1969 to take revenge and kill Agent K (played by Tommy Lee Jones). K's death leaves the safety of planet earth in jeopardy. Agent J (played by Will Smith) travels back to that same year to restore things back to normal but bumps into a very young Agent K (played by Josh Brolin). They find out that the key to safeguarding the planet depends on the help of an alien named Griffin (played by Michael Stuhlbarg).
Thumbs Up:
+ The adventures provide enough fun to make it entertaining
+ Convincing performance from Josh Brolin as a young Agent K
+ Interesting twist at the end of the movie
Thumbs Down:
- Story-wise, there's nothing special or memorable
- Just not enough laughs, something I've been complaining a lot about in my few previous reviews, is it a sign of age cacthing up with me?
- A rather one-dimensional and not threatening villain

The Verdict Is In:
After a ten year absence, the Men In Black franchise makes a return. I was considering not reviewing this movie because there's not really much to say about it. It does pass, barely, as entertaining, but there's nothing clever or extraordinary enough to make it memorable. The final action set-piece and a few scenes in the 60s were fun but for a comedy, there just wasn't enough laughs. I've noticed I been saying that a lot in my previous movie reviews, I'm beginning to fear I've turned old and cranky just like Agent K. Interesting that I had more laughs these past few months from non-comedies such as The Cabin In The Woods [2012] and The Avengers [2012]. But then again both those movie were written by Joss Whedon, so I shouldn't have been all that surprised. Josh Brolin put in a commendable performance but the main villain despite looking creepy and uncannily resembling Randy "Macho Man" Savage, just wasn't menacing or threatening enough.

Interestingly also that the last two films I saw at the cinema starred two of the biggest box-office actors in Will Smith and Johnny Depp (the latter for Dark Shadows [2012] ), but both films continued the trend from the two actor's previous few works that left me underwhelmed. Both started their early 20s in hit TV shows which turned them into heart-throbs and then soon after they transformed themselves into the biggest drawing movie stars on the planet during their 30s and 40s. But their most recent works has been mostly disappointing (Seven Pounds [2008] and Hitch [2005] or Alice In Wonderland [2010], The Tourist [2010] and Pirates Of The Carribean: On Stranger Tides [2011] ). Just goes to prove you can't always be on the top of the world.
6 out of 10


  1. would love to watch this movie and if you are a MiB fan don't forget to lick the new Baskin Robbins Lunar cheesecake comeback flavors while you watch the movie

  2. would love to watch this movie and if you are a MiB fan don't forget to lick the new Baskin Robbins Lunar cheesecake comeback flavors while you watch the movie baskin-robbins and MIB III

  3. Good review Asrap. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. It was a lot of fun and it was great to see Will Smith back in action after all of these years away from the screen.

  4. Yeah... I didn't hate it or love it too.. just thought its forgettable..

  5. I figured from the trailer that there's nothing new in MIB 3. I was going to watch it when I have the time, but it seems many review have told that it's pretty average. Hollywood need to come up to something original, rather than sequels. But, thanks for sharing your thoughts, Asrap.

  6. You're right, Hollywood needs more original material. Not only sequels, but adaptations, remakes, and reboots are the trend now.

  7. I saw this recently but felt no need to review it. It's on the level of T.V. movie of the week. It's on par with the second movie and that's not saying much in my opinion.

  8. I saw this last week and have almost forgotten about it already.


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