Movie Review – Men in Black: International
Our favourite suited-booted, alien-chasing superhero franchise ‘Men in Black’ has been resurrected by a reboot, by the name ‘Men in Black: International’. This one has the heartthrob Chris Hemsworth at its helm with Tessa Thompson and Liam Neeson.
Directed by – F Gary Gray
Produced by – Walter F Parkes, Laurie Mcdonalds
Story by – Art Marcum, Matt Holloway
Based on – ‘The Men in Black’ by Lowell Cunningham
Starring – Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Liam Neeson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Emma Thompson
Music by – Dany Elfman, Chris Bacon
Cinematography by – Stuart Dryburgh
Edited by – Christian Wagner
Production Company – Columbia Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Parkes + Mcdonalds, Image Nation, Tencent pictures
Distributed by – Sony Picture Releasing
Plot: The movie is about a recruit Molly/Agent M, who finally achieves her long-lived dream of joining the ‘Men in Black’ or ‘MIB’. She is sent to London for her probationary mission, where she meets Agent H and High T (who heads the ‘MIB’ London division). Agent M and Agent H are sent on a mission, which leads to a chain of alien attacks that take them around the globe.
The movie is a major letdown to the ‘Men in Black’ series. I personally am a fan of the ‘MIB’ series. I have grown up watching these movies and the cartoon based upon the same. This movie somehow lacks the essence of the previous ‘MIB’ movies. There is only one reference and one old character which binds it to the ‘MIB’ universe. I had such high expectations from this installment and thought it would make me nostalgic, but I have been disappointed. This is altogether a different movie. It is rather a lighthearted comic-alien chasing film. The actors have done their job. Chris Hemsworth looks handsome and charming. He has done justice to his role the way it was written. Tessa Thompson has been the backbone of this film. Unlike previous ‘MIB’ movies, her character does not have much of depth. You will keep wondering how so fast, and so perfectly, she knows almost everything there is to know about ‘MIB’ (their tricks and traits). Liam Neeson does not have much of screen time. He looks elegant and convincing. The script doesn’t have much to offer. It has been loosely written and hence does not give much of a room to the director or the actors to hide. The only good thing about this movie is the little alien called ‘Pawny’.
Since the title of the movie has the word ‘International’ in it, they have literally tried to cover the globe. They have taken New York, London, Middle East, Europe and whatnot to make us believe that it is indeed ‘International’. Even the 3D effects could not save this one. It has nice one liners and a few comic punches, but they don’t even impress us much. Unlike the earlier ‘MIB’ (though comic and everything), this one fails to leave a mark.
Don’t go and watch this if you are an ‘MIB’ fan. This is a new comedy film with new characters and a different storyline. The only reason to watch this is the good looks of Chris Hemsworth and a few funny punches.