Review: Smith, Jones return for ‘Men in Black 3’

Michael Bragg

Editor’s Note: The following reflects the opinions of the author.

This summer, the makers of Men in Black I and II added a third movie to the franchise.

Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones), and Agent J (Will Smith) are back to save the world from extraterrestrial fiends. However, in the installment, J must go back in time to save the future from eminent doom.

After Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) plays the extraterrestrial villain, who escapes from a maximum security moon-base prison, and travels back in time in an attempt to destroy the man who took his hand from him in 1969, Agent K.

Agent J, then has to travel to the 60s and prevent a young Agent K (Josh Brolin, “W.”) from being erased from the future while simultaneously ensuring that an earth protecting force field is launched into space.

Sounds crazy, right?

It is.

Of course, any movie involving time travel is bound to have plot holes. But hey, it’s a feel-good action movie, not an Oscar-nominated instant classic. Movie-goers shouldn’t be expecting a life-changing cinematic experience. Just go to be entertained and don’t be “that guy.”

If you were like most moviegoers, you probably groaned to hear about a third “MIB” movie, but this one is actually pretty good. The jokes are pretty funny and the action sequences are satisfying.

The movie features a star-studded cast including Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger as Boris’ girlfriend in the beginning of the film and the hilarious Bill Hader of “Saturday Night Life” fame, who is an agent of Sector 7 posing as eccentric artist Andy Warhol in one of the funniest scenes in the whole movie.
Other parts of the movie are actually pretty endearing.

Throughout the film, Agent J and Agent K have to protect a neurotic yet loveable alien capable of seeing the infinite amount of scenarios which make up the “multiverse.”

It’s understandable to think that with super complex ideas like time travel and the multiverse, that there is no way a movie like this can gracefully pull it off.

But this movie manages to prevent bewilderment. Perhaps the over simplification of such daunting concepts is one of the movies main flaw.

But, who cares? You’ll be too distracted by everything else to even realize it.

The movie builds up to a slightly unbelievable, but decently mind-blowing, climax you will not see coming. On top of that, the culminating plot twist adds some interesting character development and adds even more depth to the partnership of Agents J and K, as well as unexplained mysteries into their pasts.

“Men in Black 3” will play at I.G. Greer Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $1.

Rating: Three out of four stars

Story: CONNOR CHILDERS, Intern A&E Reporter