Men In Black III
Andreas Wong on
May 23rd, 2012
a film directed by
Etan Cohen, David Koepp,
Jeff Nathanson, Michael Soccio, based on the
comic by Lowell
Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement
and Emma Thompson
will remember “Men in Black” and its sudden immersion
into the collective conscious as if it were only yesterday. Local
packed to the rafters with popcorn-toting audiences. Will Smith rapping
the contagious MIB anthem. Cheez TV addicts tuning in to the sleek
on lethargic weekday mornings. A whole generation of moviegoers
the endearing partnership between a yapping black protégé and his
silent teacher. The memories are so vivid that one might forget that it
out about 15 years ago and that its stale sequel came out nearly a
ago. Fast-forward through the years, pause at present day 2012 and the
installment comes as a drug to those who have desperately and
a nostalgic rush in these ever-jaded times. Incidentally, time is what
is all about.
new villain is known as “Boris the Animal” (Jemaine
Clement), a one-armed killing machine who comes across as an alien Dog
Bounty Hunter, flexing a thick New Zealand accent. After breaking out
lunar prison, specifically designed to hold him, Boris shuttles back to
to exact revenge on a greying Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones), the man who
him there all those years ago. Boris’ escape resurrects the ghouls from
past. K knows deep in his heart that he should never have spared him.
decides to travel back in time to rectify his mistake all on his own.
tenacious J (Will Smith) discovers what happened and follows K back
When he eventually learns of the burden that the young K (Josh Brolin)
later carry, their relationship heads into an emotional twilight zone.
is the franchises forte and entertainment
is what the film delivers. Director Barry Sonnenfeld and comic actor
reprise their old roles. The biggest alteration is that Josh Brolin, a
talent who illuminated “Milk” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”,
replaced Tommy Lee Jones (See “Under Siege”). This revision, for my
off princely. Brolin re-establishes a faded familiarity, cultivates an
irresistible laconic allure and brings a fresh face to the table.
action sequences, morphed in 3D, are more acrobatic and hair-raising
illustrated best by a few terrifying melees atop a rocket launch pad.
comedy has ripened the most. It is more cerebral. In one hilariously
the orphaned J reminisces on games of catch played with a wall, in
Boris and future Boris argue themselves into a metaphysical stalemate.
and II were jokey. III reveals a mature, mournful streak.
The story is bathed in subtle swathes of melancholy and regret that
despite Sonnenfeld’s best attempts to offset them. In its exploration
of the trials
that weathered K into a tortured soul perpetually masked in a hangdog
expression, the film taps into piercing themes of isolation, regret and
resonate with all of us. The credit for this must go to Etan Cohen who
a dynamic script. The shock twist adds an invaluable crease to the tale
will sate most audiences even though its emotional potential is
beyond all reckoning. The entertainment always remains though and will
keep you riveted throughout. Ultimately, "Men in Black III" is a
superior farce that keeps the old franchise interesting whilst
high replay value in its own right.