Friday, June 21, 2019

Movie Review: “Men in Black International”

By Kaila Mank

Rated: PG-13
Running time: 1 hour, 55 mins.

We all know the original story of the first three “Men in Black” movies that starred Will Smith as Agent J and Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K. The two agents regulated all alien life on Earth, while investigating unregistered aliens with intentions to harm Earth. Barry Sonnenfeld directed all three films (1997, 2002 and 2012, respectively) and all films had the same reaction once they hit the box office, almost immediately a hit.

Now seven years later, the fantasy/sci-fi series continues with “Men in Black International”. Directed by F. Gary Gray, there was a little bit of a different look on the story line.

It goes something like this as described on Common Sensemedia:

“A young Molly watches as her parents who are visited by the Men in Black and neutralized after encountering an alien. She grows up wanting to join MIB and, through great perseverance, finally manages to find their headquarters. She's made a probationary agent, known as Agent M (Tessa Thompson), and was sent to London, where she meets the reckless, charming Agent H (Chris Hemsworth). Their first mission is to meet a friendly alien called Vungus in a nightclub. After an attack by two powerful alien twins, Vungus gives Agent M a mysterious object, asking her not to trust anyone. Returning to headquarters, Agent M deduces that, for the attack to have happened, there must be a mole inside MIB headquarters.”

The two agents find two alien forces that can take the shape of any human and they must embark on a global adventure to save the agency,  ultimately saving the world.

In my opinion the first three movies were better put together and much more organized – making it easy to follow the storyline.

However, “Men in Black International” is nothing short of a good movie. It has a good plot line and the characters play their parts very well. I would recommend seeing this movie, it ties with the first three just enough to keep it interesting.

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