I had the opportunity to check out the new Men In Black International movie on June 27.
For fans of the series, it was a good entry back into the world started by the original Men in Black back in 1997 with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. For newcomers to the series, this movie may not be the best movie to begin your Men in Black experience.
The movie opens with Molly, played by Tessa Thompson, witnessing her parents being neuralyzed by the Men in Black when she is a child. Fast forward 20 years, and she has made it her goal to find and join the shadowy organization. She ultimately succeeds in this quest and ends up partnering with “Agent H” (played by Chris Hemsworth) an experienced but brash agent who ends up involved in a conspiracy that will shake the organization to its core.
On the plus side of the ledger, there are nods to the original Men in Black characters in the movie, and Men in Black International offers plenty of good laughs. The acting performances by Liam Neeson, Hemsworth and Thompson are solid as well.
Unfortunately, the pluses are canceled out by plot twists that were not very surprising, and the obvious sequel bait set-up.
All in all it was a good movie, and those that like the genre will enjoy it. I’m giving it 3.5 out 5. Worth a watch, but maybe not on the big screen.