Men In Black 3

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Men In Black 3
Josh Brolin, left, and Will Smith in Men in Black 3

It’s a truism that sometimes you enjoy okay-ish movies more than you expected, particularly if you were expecting them to be rubbish. Here’s a case in point. Fifteen years since the jaunty original, a decade since its diabolical cash-in sequel: ‘Men in Black 3’ – is anyone really bothered?

So, it’s more of the same smartly designed, slightly whimsical secret-agent alien-blasting nonsense, this time in 3D. What does bring a smile to the face, however, is Will Smith back on screen after a four-year break, not trying so hard to be serious or different, and seemingly happy to gambol his way through some entertaining fluff. As for his black-suited cohort, Tommy Lee Jones is now of pensionable age and looks like he’s here on highly paid sufferance. So the movie comes up with a time-travel plot whereby Smith flits back to 1969 to save his cranky partner from a fate worse than death at the hands of visiting extraterrestrial psycho Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement). Oh, and save the world while he’s at it.

Josh Brolin may be nobody’s idea of a movie star, but he gives a witty, likeable and thought-through performance as the younger, pre-grumpy Tommy Lee, as we take a roundabout route to exploring the Smith & Jones chemistry that made the first movie more than just an effects extravaganza. Needless to say, there are plenty of wibbly-wobbly aliens, and they’re fine, though you can also sense Sonnenfeld really working the 3D with lots of playful perspectives evidently conceived for the format. Not much for Emma Thompson to do as the agency boss, but otherwise this freshens up the formula to amiable effect. I’m still not convinced anyone really needs it, but this is a respectable effort in the circumstances.

By: Trevor Johnston


Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday May 25 2012
Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast: Alice Eve
Will Smith
Tommy Lee Jones
Emma Thompson
Josh Brolin

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I thought the film was a cash in, but being PG I thought it would be ok to take my 6 year old daughter to, Especially as it was promoted as the "kids club movie" It has swearing, violence and all manor of inappropriate scenes for children.... The cinema blamed the bbfc for the rating but still classed it as a kids film.... beware this rating... If the bbfc wish to rate a film as PG then allow a cinema to portray it as a "kids" film they should give parents a scene breakdown so they can judge on where the "guidance" should be..... not just take the cash and say "well it says PG, some scenes may not be suitable!"


Brilliant film, would watch again better than Men in black 2 and maybe even better then Men in Black.


Brilliant film, would watch again better than Men in black 2 and maybe even better then Men in Black.


For the first 10 minutes I was wondering why there had been negative comments from TO reviewers about this film - the remainder of the film left me in no doubt as to why.  MIB (1) was excellent, but this follow-up is hackneyed - with monsters / effects / storyline done so much better by other films in the 14 years since the first MIB. After 30 mins I was fighting off yawning, and fidgeting. That thread about Smith's character's father and the watch was dull. One star. 


Pretty good film, nothing to different nice easy viewing not ads good as 1 but loads better than 2.


Funny, quirky and cool. I expected this to be a terrible film filled with cliche's . But it was really good. It has aa decent plot, good action and great humor. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are like chalk and chesse but they make this film what it is. 8.5\10


Enjoyed, but a tad as Ian say's. Excellent finale, but not hugely imaginative 90 odd min before. Big step up from 2, HUGE step down from original. 6+


The film is a bit of a mish mash. Its good in places but you just get the feeling that the film is going through the motions. The best gags have already been told in the first two films and the 3D looks a bit laboured. There are a few cliched sub plots but all in all its a a bit of a disappointment. Worth two stars but not worth three stars.