Men in Black: International Latest Movie Review

Men in Black: International

Director: F Gary Gray

Cast :
Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Rafe Spall, Kumail Nanjiani, Emma Thompson

Men In Black International, starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, hit the screens today. The film is drab and devoid of any sort of humour and is not a patch on the original Will Smith film.

This time around there’s a woman in black too (two, actually), and about the only time this installment comes to life is when newbie Tessa, and old-hand Emma, both the Thompson ladies, are kicking butt.

Twenty years later we now have a third sequel that waters down everything that made the original great – replacing pitch black comedy with run-of-the-mill machine generated jokes, shifting the VFX focus to make things grand, and a villain who is not just not threatening but also straight out of a video game cut scene. 

There’s a plot twist that is predictable halfway through the film, if you’ve seen enough Marvel and basically any action-thriller film in your life. 

Including the B-Grade Bollywood ones. Hemsworth and Thompson, who shone in the hilarious Thor Ragnarok, try to show their chemistry here as well. 

But there isn’t much time for that. They’re too busy travelling to exotic places and giving each other clichéd dialogues that make you almost roll your eyes up to your head. 

The film manages to underutilise the usually brilliant Liam Neeson as well, who seems to speak his dialogues in a tone of exhaustion.

This franchise has mostly worked on smartly done literal jokes and the charm of its lead actors. F Gary Gray, the director, has also used these ploys but somehow the combination is way beyond salvation. He is way beyond the center of MIB films.

When the first film released in 1997, it was one of its kind—mixing aliens with agents, two prominent genres of that time. Will Smith’s casual humour and Tommy Lee Jones’ deadpan expressions gave it an orthodox yet very identifiable touch. 

It was clichéd yet relatable. The sharp one-liners worked. Two decades ago, a smart retort was considered sharp. Not the case anymore.

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