Men In Black 3 (2012)

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Connections: Men In Black

Agents J and K are back...in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him - secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind. --TMDb
Review by Crispy
Added: June 16, 2012
To say I was a little nervous going into Men in Black 3 would be an understatement. After all, there were five years between the first movie and its sequel, and there was quite a drop in quality, and now we're ten years after that? How could anything worthwhile come of this?

MiB partners J and K are the organizations top agents bar none, but the chemistry between the pair has been lacking as of late. As the years go by, K has grown more and more withdrawn and irate; it's all J can do to cope with his partner's angry demeanor. Whatever's on the veteran's mind, it's obviously something from a long time ago. Speaking of a long time ago, the murderous criminal Boris the Animal, a Boglodite with a tiny, yet vicious, parasite living in his hand, has just broken out of a max security lunar prison and sets out for revenge. And since K is the agent that arrested him, shooting off his arm in the process, he becomes his prime target. But he's not content to just go kill him; instead he finds a way to return to 1969, the date of his arrest, and join his then-present self. Together, the duo easily kill the junior agent. In the present, J realizes that not only is K nowhere to be found, no one knows who he is. Upon asking the head of the MiB, Agent O, he learns that the only Agent K the MiB has ever had died in the sixties. Realizing what Boris has done, he follows The Animal back in time and joins K '69 to stop the fearsome duo, save his partner, and once again, save the world from alien scum.

God damn was this a surprise. Men in Black 3 not only met my meager expectations, it exceeded them to an incredible degree. Every aspect of this film surpasses the first sequel and puts it right on par with the first film. Hell, in the humor aspect, it might even surpass it. The first film wasn't a laugh-a-minute riot, but J acclimating to his new reality was pretty damned funny. MiB 3 has a foot firmly planted in the comedy genre, and to its benefits, it all comes courtesy of some very nice writing for some great characters.

One of the things that had made the last two movies as enjoyable as they were was the chemistry between Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, and now we're removing Jones from the equation and replacing him with Josh Brolin. This change was one of the biggest reasons I was so leery about this sequel, but Brolin was more than up to the challenge. The man was pure gold, and the foundation of his entire performance was how well he picked up Jones' mannerisms from the first two films. Not only just his penchant for calling J "Slick" or nonchalance in extraordinary circumstances, that's just the script, but his entire cadence and the way he carried himself was just dead on. That's not to say he merely mirrored K for the whole movie. After all, this is before forty years of the job had weighed him down. He's a much happier man in this movie, and this is where Brolin was able to bring his own touches to things. And most importantly, his chemistry with Smith was just as good as Jones had been.

Speaking of, Will Smith is firing on all cylinders. His comedic timing was perfect throughout the entire movie, with his incredulous wisecracks the wings that his performance were flying on. New to the fold is Jemaine Clement as the villainous Boris the Animal. Along with the better laughs, Boris is another reason that part three outshines its predecessor so handedly. Like D'onofrio from the first film, Clement brings a true sense of danger and evil to Boris that Lara Flynn Boyle was sorely lacking with Serleena. He truly feels like a threat to our agents, and that's before there are two of them. Not bad considering the man started his career as one half of the awkwardly-geeky, comedic folk duo, Flight of the Conchords. Who saw that one coming?

Men in Black 3 is more than a worthy sequel. It surpasses the second movie by leaps and bounds, and is every bit of entertaining as the first. Sure, the whole time travel affair is a total paradox, but hey, we can worry about that in Men in Black 4. 9/10.
Lucid Dreams #1: Lucid Dreams - added 06/16/2012, 11:13 PM
I liked this one a lot more then I thought I would have. /8/10
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