Creating a third MiB film was a real risk. Having created two incredibly witty and hilarious films prior to the current film, many fans of the franchise, including myself were quite nervous as to how this new addition to a much-loved series would turn out.
Thankfully, it wasn’t horrible. But it wasn’t quite on the same level as its predecessors. As a matter fact it was far off it.
In the new MiB film, an alien criminal kills the young Agent K(Tommy Lee Jones) in 1969, altering the timeline, changing the Agency and placing the Earth in danger. Hence Agent J (Will Smith) must travel back in time to 1969 to before the murder and work with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save him, the Agency, the Earth and humanity itself.
The storyline sounds OK-so far, so good. A perfectly executed directorship would ensure a sequel rivaling MiB 1 and 2. But that is as far as it goes. It isn’t perfectly executed and is lacking much of the unique vibe that accompanied the first film. It’s not that Men In Black has lost its appeal, its just that people have lost the ideas behind MiB’s appeal. In terms of acting, it was really a mixed bag. Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K is predictably perfect, playing his character as well as he did in the first two films but I feel it is Will Smith’s portrayal of Agent J that doesn’t live up to expectations. Smith’s positive, slightly hyperactive screen presence in the previous films is lacking here, and seems much more like a predictable Hollywood actor. This is probably one of the most disappointing parts of the film, as Will Smith is a good actor, so its all the more obvious when he isn’t acting as well.
On a positive note Josh Brolin’s portrayal of the young Agent K is surprisingly good, injecting a fresh and interesting take on Agent K.
But before I finish, I would like to say that the film is not as bad as I making it look like, it’s just that this was such a good film franchise and it can be a bit frustrating when it gets fuzzed up.
But then again, it could have been a whole lot worse and completely destroyed MiB’s reputation, so in the end, we can consider ourselves quite lucky.