‘Men in Black 3’ provides evidence of Hollywood’s insatiable thirst for sequels. Returning to the money well a decade after its last outing the franchise’s producers seem ready to break the box office drought. Unlike the less than amazing first sequel this third entry shows such action wasn’t without merit. Reasonably fun despite the haggard looking leads some new additions refresh the ongoing alien-infused series.
When alien criminal Boris (Jemaine Clement) wipes Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) from present day existence, it’s up to K’s partner Agent J (Will Smith) to set things right. Travelling back to 1969 in order to save his life, he meets a younger Agent K (Josh Brolin). Teaming up to foil Boris’ plans, their crusade in maintaining order between aliens and humans becomes severely tested.
Fans of the rapid fire wit, cool action and dazzling special effects of previous entries should find much to enjoy. Graced with a better script and some inventive flair third time seems to be the charm. It isn’t perfect but it sets out to entertain – managing a bit of authentic characterisation amongst the expected cinematic bells and whistles. Scenes featuring Agent J learning of his partner’s past are interwoven well in a mostly diverting and fun tale.
Generally the cast have a fine time with the guest performers conveying a frenetic energy the main leads lack. Smith and Jones seem completely bored and just go through the motions with Brolin and Clement counter-acting against this lack of enthusiasm with flair. Their performances ignite a somewhat glacially paced script. Director Barry Sonnenfeld does his best to keep events moving with the 60’s setting enabling moments of genuine humour.
Still having much of its original comic-book gloss, Men in Black 3 is reasonably entertaining. Now may be the best time to conclude the series even if the temptation to plunder the sequel well one more time may be too great for Hollywood’s money-men to resist.
Rating out of 10: 6