Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Weekend Watch: ‘MIB 3’ Misses the Mark

Agent M (Tessa Thompson) and Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) in the lobby of MIB London  (Giles Keyte Photo)

MIB 3” misses the mark completely. Moviegoers will not be missing out of a good time, however, if they don’t shell out double digits to see “Men in Black: International.”

The sparks and fire that ignited interest in the first film of the franchise have fizzled out over the years. Local or international, the scenarios of odd looking–and some disgusting–extraterrestrials living among us as pictured in “MIB 3” are now overplayed.

That being said, it’s a sad state of affairs when some of the high points of the film are the aliens Pawny (Kumail Nanjiani) and the brief return of Frank the Pug (Tim Blaney).

The chemistry between the “MIB 3” agents is also missing. There was more chemistry between Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones than there is with Chris Hemsworth (Agent H) and Tessa Thompson (Agent M). Also, maybe the movie should have been titled “Men & Women in Black,” and not objectify Agent H. Pushing Agent H’s looks (does H stand for hot or Hemsworth?) and his attraction to females—alien and human—is over baked. We’ve seen it before in SNL and “Ghostbusters.”

Continuing the premise of “The Men in Black,” their mission has always been to protect the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. As they face a new alien threat that can take the form of anyone, including MIB agents, they must join forces on a globetrotting adventure to save the agency and ultimately the world.

Directed by F. Gary Gray, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, and Mandeiya Flory also star.

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Marie Moorehttp://eurweb.com
Veteran syndicated journalist who covers film and television.

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