Men in Black 3 (2012)

Men in Black 3

Men in Black 3 Review

Men in Black 3 is a 2012 science fiction comedy film starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin. It is the final and in my opinion the finest entry in the trilogy.

J must travel back in time to 1969 to prevent Boris the Animal from killing the younger K. It is undoubtedly the most fun and endlessly entertaining film in this franchise. I liked almost all of its parts and the story was genuinely the most interesting and the most intriguing. And the ending, although too convenient and possibly containing a plot hole, is still incredibly satisfying and emotionally rewarding while also answering questions and fitting into the whole story arc wonderfully. And the whole movie feels like that. It answers questions and fits into the franchise rather than just being a cash bag.

The humor is also pretty good. The highlight for me is the whole ethnicity problem for J when he goes back in time with those moments being the funniest. And Will Smith is genuinely funny in this one and is the film’s soul without a doubt. As for the other performers, Tommy Lee Jones is still good and while Josh Brolin as his younger self isn’t exactly on his level, he still did a perfectly fine job. And the casting director did a great job here as Josh looks so similar to Jones thus being¬† a perfect actor for the role both physically and performance-wise as he impersonated him rather well.

The characters are quite good with J being of course the standout. But K is also superb and you learn a lot from his younger self. Boris the Animal is too campy in my opinion but Griffin is the highlight as this new fascinating character. Nervous, talkative and with great abilities, he really brought a lot to the table in my opinion and was the most fascinating aspect of the movie.

The reason why I think it is better is that it is overall much more imaginative and better filmed than ‘Men in Black II‘ while also being much more entertaining and more humorous than ‘Men in Black‘. It is weird for me to say it, but it is much better than both of those movies and it is such a huge accomplishment for the filmmakers to manage to trump both predecessors after such a long break as ten years passed from the last part. It is a rare and admirable feat of the last entry in the franchise being the finest.

It still has its problems including the campy villain and the typical drawn-out action sequence in the end. Also the editing is too rushed at times and the film is wildly uneven in terms of pacing and quality scenes and humor. The effects are really good, the newly added creatures are great and the movie is imaginative and really well crafted. I also liked its attention to detail as it wonderfully transports you to the time period with excellently used music. It is also emotional in its relationship between the two and it is overall much more satisfying and warm this time around. And I liked its inventiveness in the action sequences. It is a well acted and well crafted movie without a doubt.

Men in Black 3 has the most interesting and emotionally rewarding plot this time around with excellent performances, great effects and really good humor.  It is still wildly uneven and the villain is too campy, but this is a rare instance of a third movie being the best entry in the trilogy, trumping its predecessors in both humor and entertaining story. It is such a pleasant surprise.

My Rating – 4

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