By Adam Rolseth
“Men in Black 3″ is the third entry in the cult favorite “Men in Black” franchise, and is about Agent Jay (Will Smith) traveling back in time to the 1960’s to prevent an alien from assassinating his partner and friend Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones), thus saving the future.
The film is directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (the previous MIB films), and stars Will Smith (his first acting performance in almost four years), Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson, David Rasche, Michael Stuhlbarg and Bill Hader.
It’s been almost 10 years since the last “Men in Black” film, so let’s see if it’s worth the wait.
The acting in this movie was pretty good, but the real show stealer was Josh Brolin as young Agent Kay. He completely hit the nail on the head with his Tommy Lee Jones impression, and you’d swear the two were related if you didn’t recognize them.
The rest of the acting was good as well, but the chemistry between Smith and Jones, I felt, was lacking a bit. In the past two films, their chemistry has been fantastic, but in this one, it feels like neither of them really wanted to work with each other for some reason.
The action in this movie was also pretty good, even awesome at times. There’s one set piece that involves circular bikes that not only looked awesome, but it totally put me into the film. I saw this film in IMAX 3D, and that was pretty cool.
The 3D wasn’t anything amazing, but it did help to add to a lot of the action scenes. Another bonus about seeing this in IMAX 3D was that you get to see a six-minute preview of the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man,” so I recommend checking that out.
The biggest flaw in this film was by far the writing. Now, it wasn’t nearly as bad as “Battleship,” but it wasn’t as good as the first film’s script. Smith pushed the studio to start filming this movie before the script was finished, and it shows in this one. There is a lot of improvisation here — some of it hits, and some of it misses.
I was surprised by how much fun I had with this movie. It wasn’t great by any means, but it was a very fun time at the theater. Overall, I give “Men in Black 3″ a 3.5 out of 5.
Adam Rolseth is a teen movie review and regular guest contributor to SWRNN.