Posted by: greercn | May 29, 2012

Men In Black 3

What a piece of retro 1960s joyful fun “MIB3” is! I adored the first one, faltered a little in recommending the second (so VERY long in parts) and thoroughly enjoyed this third film in the franchise.

The central premise is that Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones, but played as his younger self by Josh Brolin) died in 1969 so Will Smith (Agent J) has to go back in time to save him. Otherwise, he won’t be his partner in destroying alien threats to Earth, in the present.

You get the moon launch! You get the Mets! You get the main Pussycat Doll – Nicole Scherzinger – in a gorgeous first scene.

And really great aliens and amazing weapons? Was I complaining about NYC being under attack? I was so wrong. The iconic nature of New York makes it the best city to set this in.

Emma Thompson is terrific as Agent O and I think Alice Eve is just fine as her younger self, albeit her voice and hair are wrong.  David Rasche has great moments as Agent X, too.

Jemaine Clement as Boris the Animal (please, just Boris, he says) is a fabulous bad guy. The effects team earn their keep in his scenes.

Touching scenes involve Michael Stuhlbarg, Bill Hader and Mike Colter.

Barry Sonnenfeld directs with tight energy and the music is all absolutely perfect.

I am not so convinced by the 3D here. It makes things a little darker than they might be, athough it glows in the alien scenes.

The Tuesday Stratford Picturehouse crowd loved it and it works particularly well for teenage boys.

I am thinking of buying the boxed set, when it comes out, and I may reconsider “2” in that process.

It’s a gorgeous film with glowing aliens, cool weapons and the chance to visit Coney Island and Cape Canaveral in their heyday. What’s not to like?




  1. I was debating whether to go see this movie, but this review has just sold it to me!

    • Thanks, David! I really enjoyed it and think you will too.

      • Saw MiB3 last night along with “Snow White and the Huntsman”. Really enjoyed both of them.

      • Thanks, David! I’m glad you liked it too!

  2. Loved this flic. Don’t see many, and was a bit reticent but well worth taking the chance.What a great story.

    • I am glad you liked it! Many people didn’t, but I think it’s a lot of fun.

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