Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson, Alice Eve
It’s ten years since the last instalment of this franchise, which follows agents K and J as they help keep intergalactic visitors in check and ensure that news of the existence of Extra Terrestrials never gets out to the general public. There is always a danger revisiting something that is so popular – especially after a decade. Your audience are now older and wiser and what they found hugely entertaining in 2002 can look passé in 2012. Thankfully the Men in Black have lost none of their appeal, with Tommy Lee Jones’ sardonic K acting as a beautiful foil to Will Smith’s wisecracking J.
When a dangerous alien called Boris the Animal escapes from prison he determines to garner revenge on K who captured him back in 1969. Travelling back in time he kills K, effectively erasing him from J’s timeline. However J remembers his friend even though no one else does and he decides that he too must travel back in time to prevent K’s death and ensure that Boris the Animal doesn’t get the chance to wreak any more havoc and that K gets a chance to activate the ArcNet shield, which will protect earth from an invasion by Boris’ species.
While the plot may be pretty standard time travelling sci-fi fare, it is in the scenes set in the 60s that this film really comes into its own – thanks in no small part to Josh Brolin who does an amazing job playing the young Agent K. Stepping into Tommy Lee Jones’ shoes is no mean feat but Brolin does it with aplomb and gives a scarily accurate representation of the gruff star.
As usual there are a variety of weird and wonderful alien creatures and plenty of big action scenes. However, at the heart of these films, and one of the main reasons for their success, is the relationship between J and K. Fans will be happy to hear that not only is this explored further but we also get a fresh insight in to why K recruited J fourteen years ago. There are some truly touching scenes between the pair and the movie manages to strike that delicate balance between slushy sentimentality, comedy and action.
If you haven’t seen the first two films don’t panic as this works as a stand alone piece. However, it would be a shame not to catch up on them before seeing this so that you get the complete picture. This is a good old fashioned summer blockbuster in the best tradition of the genre. 3D was invented for movies like this so just sit back, get some popcorn and allow yourself to be entertained for a couple of hours.