Is It Worth Seeing in Theaters? Yes.
The Men in Black franchise has been absent for quite a while. Ten years to be exact. I just love the creativeness of everything between the humor to the alien designs and to the cameos and weapons that the characters use. I was skeptical going into this one because I heard there were a lot of problems with the script while shooting the film, which is never a good sign. But to my surprise, Not only was the film a lot of fun to watch, the story was well done and has enough twists and turns to keep you interested from start to finish.
Men in Black 3 follows Agent J who travels in time to MIB’s early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history. Another problem I thought I was going to have prior to seeing the film is that they would not handle the time traveling aspects of it well. I had a feeling that there would be a lot of plot holes and that would make it silly. But they never made it to serious where it left the charm of the franchise behind, yet it never got too silly where it lost track of what it was trying to accomplish. It just felt right.
Will Smith is great here as Agent J. He really delivers the one liners well and he surprisingly gives not to bad of a serious performance as well, in the serious moments he does a great job and when the comedic scenes came up, he never lost his touch from the previous entries. Tommy Lee Jones, though with barely little screen time, is still just as good as K. He still has his non-emotional face but something I really enjoyed was that we get to see a better past of his character and see why he is the way he is.
Josh Brolin is easily one of the best parts of the film, He is spot on with the character K and not only that but he resembles Tommy Lee Jones quite a bit and nails him to perfection. Jemaine Clemment gave a good performance, but I do feel as if his character was the weakest of them all, but I’ll get into that later. Michael Stuhlbarg was good, he reminded me of a younger Robin Williams, I really enjoyed his character and his line delivery was fantastic.
All of the visuals were really cool, the alien designs were creative, the set pieces were excellent, and as always there are some hilarious celebrity cameos to look out for in the background of scenes. The film never seemed to lose it’s steam, all of the action scenes were spread out and shot perfectly and the humor was great here. There were some really subtle jokes that you either get or you don’t and there are laugh out loud jokes everyone can get.
Now, Men in Black 3 does have it’s problems. As I said before, I thought Jemaine Clemment did good as the villain. The only problem is I didn’t think his character was written well. He had a bunch of annoying one liners and while he was developed well, I didn’t really care for his reasoning of why he wanted to go back in time to kill K and it all just seemed a bit poorly put together in my opinion.
The film is a bit rushed, It never effect the story. Because at the end you feel totally satisfied but I believe there were a some moments where the breezed over scenes that I personally would have liked to see more of, and specifically the ending. Agent O in present is played by Emma Thompson who does a fine job and in the past is played by Alice Eve who is also solid. But they didn’t really have enough screen time to grasp or explore their characters other than their relationship with K.
Other than a few minor complaints I had with the film, I thought Men in Black 3 was a total blast and a surprisingly great film. It answers a bunch of questions, some that you are dying to know the answers to and others that you did not even know you should be asking, and by the time the movie is over you not only feel satisfied because the movie turned out to be so good, but in how they wrapped up the series as a whole. Some may get the feeling we have seen the last of Agents J and K.
Overall: This is one of the biggest pleasant surprises of the summer movie season so far. I give Men In Black 3 *** stars.