WARNING: This post contains mild spoilers for some of the ending scenes of Men in Black III.
Hey all! I know it’s been a while, I know, I just haven’t been in the mood to blog for a while. The number of movies I’ve been watching are starting to pile up a little though, so I figure it’s about time I shake off the dust and post a little something.
Since my last entry, I’ve updated my ratings systems for all my sections (books, food, movies, and music) and made them a lot simpler. When I first started writing this blog, I had no idea how I wanted to go about reviewing things, I only knew that I wanted to write reviews about things I’m interested in. Any entries from before this date go by a slightly different rating system that you’ll no longer be able to find on this site.
Anyway, onto my thoughts about MIB3.
For those of you expecting a strong plot and well-developed characters, you won’t really get that here. This movie seems to be more of a nod to fans of the first two movies rather than introducing anything new. While that was a bit of a disappointment, Josh Brolin’s performance is definitely worth seeing. I believe Will Smith mentioned it in one of his interviews about Brolin, and I couldn’t agree more—after the first few minutes, I felt like I was actually watching a younger Tommy Lee Jones and not another actor portraying him. Brolin’s accent and mannerisms were on point, and I found him just as hilarious as the great TLJ.
As with all time jump movies, there were a few inconsistencies. For example, at the very end of the movie, J tells K that now he knows some things that K doesn’t, like about K’s flirting with O, but how is that possible if they were both together in the past? Also, I could’ve sworn somebody told J that he shouldn’t make himself known to the younger K, but he ended up doing that anyway. Then again, it’s been a while since I’ve seen this so my memory is a bit hazy with certain details.
The ending was also rather unrealistic. I actually didn’t know this, but the person I went to see this movie with was much older than I, and they were actually around for the Apollo 11 launch. They told me that technically all the characters that were still nearby the shuttle when it took off should have been incinerated.
Also, I found it a little strange that young J hadn’t seen his dad get shot and had to ask K where his father went. I don’t think the car wasn’t that far a distance from where his dad and the younger K had stopped. Then again, he was a young kid, so it’s possible he may just have been distracted with something in the car.
Overall though, I have to say I enjoyed the movie. It wasn’t the best movie of all time by any means, but it was still entertaining to watch.
FINAL VERDICT: C
I think Brolin’s performance was enough to make me feel like this was worth seeing on the big screen. I realize though, that might not be the case for everyone else. If you’re dying to watch something in the theaters and you’ve seen just about everything else, I recommend giving this a go. If not, I don’t think you’re particularly missing out if you decide to wait for the DVD release.