Men in Black 3 (2012)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Comedy


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Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.


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26 May 2012 | 3xHCCH
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| Josh Brolin Played a Perfect Tommy Lee Jones
I am not exactly a Will Smith fan. I think the last Will Smith film I watched and liked was the first "Men in Black" film back in 1997. I was surprised to learn that there will be another installment of "Men in Black" this year, the third of the series. The second MiB was shown in 2002, and I did not even care to finish that one. Will the ten years between the last episode and this one make a difference? I needed to see that.

In this film, a vicious alien villain known as Boris the Animal escapes from his prison on the moon, where he had been locked up since being arrested by Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) back in 1969. One day, Agent K disappears from the present day. His partner Agent J (Will Smith) realizes that K had been assassinated by Boris forty years ago, which caused a major change of events, allowing Boris' alien race to overrun the Earth. J had to find a way to travel back in time to 1969 in order to save K and rectify the tragic consequences of his death. Can J save K and in turn save the Earth from the clutches of Boris?

The odd couple was just as they were before in the first films. Will Smith is still his old loudmouth Agent J as Tommy Lee Jones was his tight-lipped Agent K. As J goes back to the past, he will interact with the young 29-year old K, perfectly played by Josh Brolin. Brolin amazingly captures the laconic persona, and even the distinct voice, of Jones so well that they seemed to have been one and the same actor. It was also good to see Emma Thompson again in a major film as she portrayed Agent O, another senior agent with a soft spot for K. The younger Agent O was played by a cutie named Alice Eve, but she certainly did not convince us that she would look or act like Emma Thompson when she grows older.

I must say that this film was really a most entertaining one. Well, maybe more for me than for my kids. Younger audiences may find the jokes about 1969 cultural references, such as the hippies, the racial tension, etc., to be a bit difficult to grasp. But the fun action sequences with some exciting futuristic vehicles and weaponry, the imaginative and repulsive aliens made by no less than the master monster-maker Rick Baker, the thrilling integration of the historic Apollo 11 lift-off, and the touching revelation of K's big secret made this a very good and enjoyable movie to watch. 3D did not seem necessary. Director Barry Sonnenfeld got it right this time, and this segment certainly gave perfect closure to the story arc of the whole series.

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Trivia

Agent K being 29 in 1969 implies that he was born in 1940 (or late in 1939). Either way, this makes the character of K older than Tommy Lee Jones himself, who was born in 1946.


Quotes

Prison Guard #1: Well, well, Boris the Animal has a visitor. I guess one every 40 years is okay.


Goofs

When J is driving to Coney Island and is stopped by the two police officers, the view of Coney Island in the background is wrong. You see the Wonder Wheel Ferris wheel and to the right you see the Cyclone roller coaster. The only way you could see the Cyclone to the right of the Ferris wheel would be if you were on the boardwalk, on the beach, or in the Atlantic Ocean. (The tall cylindrical ride between the coaster and wheel is verification that the roller coaster shown is the Cyclone.) In addition, in 1969 there were two other roller coasters - one of of which would've been seen in that view - the Tornado which would be to the right of the Ferris wheel which means the proper view should be two roller coasters with the Ferris wheel between them.


Crazy Credits

This is the first film in the series not to have an opening credits sequence.


Alternate Versions

The Chinese restaurant scene has been censored for the mainland China release. The sequence with J and K in the back room has been edited to remove all shots of Wu, thus eliminating the revelation that Wu is actually an alien. A subsequent moment with J neuralyzing a group of ethnically Asian bystanders has also been deleted.


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I'm Waiting for the Man
Written by
Lou Reed
Performed by The Velvet Underground
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

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Action | Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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