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3 stars out of 4
Anyone who knows me knows I'm not a big fan of sequels. They get tired and are rarely as good as the original. Thankfully Hollywood has come to the same conclusion.
In the latest installment of the "Men In Black" series, they've attempted to breathe new life into it by sending us back in time. We pick up where we left off with agents J and K keeping peace between the humans and unknown aliens, but not each other. They seem to be having "issues" in their relationship.
Turns out, Boris the Animal has just escaped his moon prison and he's out for revenge on K, the man who put him there. He decides to jump (literally) back in time to prevent his imprisonment and allow for a full-scale alien invasion of Earth. This of course forces J to go back in time and team up with the younger K (Josh Brolin doing a phenomenal impression) to stop it from happening.
While missing some of the goofiness of the original, replacing them with some sentimental moments, it's a (hopefully) fitting end to a fun franchise. It's a lot of fun, but save your money and see it in 2-D.
-- Ron Adams, Statham
3 and 1/2 stars out of 4
"Men in Black III" was a very funny and very well-made movie, much better than the second one. Although the plot of the bad guy escapes from prison and goes back in time to change the past and thus the present has been done many times before, it gets a fresh take here. Kudos to Josh Brolin as a young K who does a spot-on impersonation of Tommy Lee Jones, even his voice. The best part of the movie was when J goes back in time to 1969 New York.
Being a native New Yorker who remembers that time, I found the recreation to be pretty exact, even down to the license plates.
Some characters from the previous movies do make cameo appearances and it may be helpful if you have seen at least the first "Men in Black" before you go see this one. "Men in Black III" is a very good way to spend a summer afternoon.
-- Mark Weinstein, Lawrenceville
3 and 1/2 stars out of 4
"Men in Black III" surpassed my expectations and to my delight, I liked Part 3 better than "MIB." Initially the plot labored, but director Barry Sonnenfeld kept my interest by exploring relationships, introducing cool gadgets, lots of bizarre aliens, great stunts and funny gags.
The story is about Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and Agent J (Will Smith) being assigned by Agent O (Emma Thompson) a job to recapture a violent alien criminal, Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement). Boris has a personal vendetta against Agent K for his original capture 40 years ago, and during that arrest, Agent K destroyed one of Boris' arms (this is no ordinary arm -- it houses a vile alien).
Agent J concocts a plan to travel back in time prior to Boris' arrest to kill Boris instead of maiming him. Agent J meets the younger Agent K, (played perfectly by Josh Brolin) and together they plot to destroy Boris. The end was very touching, which gives us a better understanding of the complex friendship between agents K and J.
You don't have to be a fan of the series to appreciate this movie, "MIB3" stands on its own merit. It was great.
-- Myra Simons, Buford