Movie Review: Men in Black 3 3D (2012)
Agents J and K are back to save the world from hostile aliens (after a long hiatus), but this time J has to go back in time to save K and the world we now know. If you are a faithful MIB viewer, there are very few surprises and watching the movie, you feel that you slip into a comfortable groove watching some old friends. As in the other two movies, you are introduced to some new characters, some startling, some not so. But just like friends, what you experience watching this movie is a deepening of the characterization of Agents J and K. It is a treat to watch J get to know the younger version of K as they pursue Boris the Animal, one of the most dastardly aliens to ever visit our planet. The agents must prevent him from changing history and destroying our world.
Since the plot in the first two movies of Men in Black was about interstellar aliens and how they live among us and beyond us, the only way to continue to further the story along is to involve time travel. The younger version of Agent K, played by Josh Brolin, already has what will become Agent K's trademark deadpan delivery, but it's obvious he still has a wild oat to sow. Agent J, always played by Will Smith, and as brash as ever, is seeing a softer side of his partner. During the pursuit of Boris the Animal, we see Agent J deal with the themes of social revolution in the late 60s and early 70s and uttering those funny, smart alec remarks. At that time, interracial relationships were daring and promiscuity was considered freedom. The fashions were awful and big cars ruled. I miss those big cars, I miss the cheap gas even more.
You are never in doubt as to the movie's conclusion but it still has one twist remaining that ties all the three Men in Black movies together. The 3D effects are usually more obviously effective with animations, however its use in non-animated movies is developing and seeing depth incorporated in the scenes is startlingly natural. For the average Men in Black fan, this movie is a must-see. For the average moviegoer, the time watching this movie would be well spent.
- Rated: PG-13
- Time: 106 minutes
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