It’s been 22 years since the original Men in Black movie was released. Starring Will Smith, who was arguably the biggest actor on the planet at the time, and the gruff and wizened Tommy Lee Jones, the movie took aim at the long-whispered stories about the men in black who show up wherever aliens are.
It was silly and full of ridiculous aliens. It had a stellar supporting cast and it was absolutely bloody hilarious! Vincent D’Onofrio’s Edgar is still a true cinematic highlight!
The movie was hugely successful and spawned TWO equally successful sequels. So, it begs the question, did we really need a new Men in Black movie?
No. No we did not.
This fourth (and I suspect final) installment sees Chis Hemsworth paying Agent H and Tessa Thompson as Agent M. The premise is still the same…..the Men in Black are here to protect the world from the scum of the universe with Hemsworth’s Agent H reigning as a sort of shadow hero after saving the world from an attack from said scum via a portal at the Eiffel Tower in Paris a few years prior.
Agent M has the far more interesting backstory having witnessed her parents being neutralised by the Men in Black when she was a child. Molly, as she was known back then, went undetected and even helped a cute, fluffy little alien escape. From that point on, her life’s mission was to track down and become a member of this elite, yet secretive, team.
Finally, she succeeds, and is despatched to London to help with a mission. Here, she meets and partners with the now arrogant and buffoonish Agent H, who spends his days sleeping at his desk and swanning around, believing in his own celebrity.
However, this movie is just not that not funny. I mean, it’s okay but as a Men in Black movie. Yeah nah.
It does have its moments, usually at the hands of teeny tiny alien pawn and smart arse Pawny (voiced by Nanjiani) as he interacts with Thompson’s Agent M. And the interactions between the Thompson’s Emma and Tessa are wonderful but other than that …..nothing.
I’m not sure what went wrong but the most obvious thing is the lack of on-screen chemistry between Hemsworth and Thompson. They were together briefly in Thor: Ragnarok and there was a definite spark but it seems that if that spark has been left behind in the realm of the Avengers.
This should have been a great movie. Like its predecessors, it’s silly and has a stellar support cast but sadly, it just failed to launch.
Give this one a miss.
Running Time : 104 minutes
Release Date : In cinemas now
Who is in it: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Liam Neeson, Rafe Spall, Emma Thompson
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