I went to see the third installment of the Men in Black franchise last weekend and for those out there who thought it was perhaps irrelevant since it had been so long since the last movie…well let’s just say you were wrong. And so was I. My fear going into a sequel is always the same (perfect example, The Pirates of the Caribbean movies) – they just keep getting rose. MIB3 however, bucked that trend, delivering a fun, well paced comedy. There was a touch of homage to the era that marks one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments, but more than that, it was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

MIB3 was wonderfully short for a movie these days (under the 2 hour mark) and while it centered around time travel, a plot device that can often come off as tired rather than tried and true, it also made great use of Tommy Lee Jones’ smaller profile. (Jones was absolutely fantastic in the first MIB but rather lackluster in the second.) Will Smith, who is always great (provided he stays within the comedy-action wheel house where he’s strongest), was great again. James Brolin, who plays the younger Agent K, does a fantastic Tommy Lee Jones impression. In fact, looking back over his body of work, Brolin is at his best when he is imitating others; he’s a real chameleon that way. And finally, I have to make note of the character Griffin, played by Michael Stuhlbarg – no I’ve never heard of him either – because he’s another one who channels someone else; this time it’s a young Robin Williams I saw in him. Trust me when I tell you that you don’t want to miss it.

What was the story? A super villain escapes from prison, goes back in time and kills Agent K. Agent J, who is at first met with the expected disbelief, goes back in time intending to kill the super villain earlier in the timeline than he can get to Agent K, thus circumnavigating the whole incident. All while managing to not run into MIB or Agent K. That plan lasted about five minutes and before long we find Agent J investigating alongside the younger incarnation of his partner. Of course in the end, after an epic battle in Cape Canaveral, the site of the iconic moon launch, the day is saved and the future preserved…more or less. J returns to the future knowing what happened to his father and for his part, K seems to have expanded his musical tastes somewhat.

I don’t want to spoil the whole thing with J’s father for you, but considering I was at the movie with my dad as part of our Father’s Day festivities, I found it incredibly, if unexpectedly, apt.

I can guarantee your enjoyment if you go to see MIB3. As a matter of fact, if you’re anywhere in the GTA, or otherwise in the midst of a crazy heat wave wherever you are, why not beat the heat with a few laughs?


And that’s my 2¢ for today.


~ by leslies2cents on June 19, 2012.

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