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Men in Black 3
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Dec 21, 2012 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Barry Sonnenfeld

Actors:
Will Smith
Josh Brolin
Tommy Lee Jones

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After Agent K's existence is mysteriously erased, J must travel back to the 1969 to save the world and stop his partner from being killed.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

Without a doubt, MEN IN BLACK 3 is better than MEN IN BLACK 2. It's not as good or as fun as the first movie (which still holds up nicely on a recent rewatch), but it does a lot to correct the horrible misstep that was the first sequel.

It's nice to see Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones back together again a decade later, as their old-meets-new school chemistry was the highlight of the previous films. It's still there, but this is clearly a paycheck picture for both actors and, while entertaining, they're on autopilot for most of it. (It's more obvious for Jones when compared to his vibrant performance in LINCOLN, but he's barely in the movie for 10 minutes as it is.) Even Will Smith seems to have lost some of the witty energy in the 4 years since we last saw him on screen. The only person not going through the motions is Josh Brolin, who turns in a great performance as the younger Koffering both a funny impersonation and a fresh spin on the character that makes the dynamic between he and Smith fun again for the majority of the movie.

Flight of the Conchords's Jermaine Clement is a much more effective villain than the last go-around. His distinctive throaty voice and funky alien weapons add to some cool sequences, with major action set pieces taking place on the moon, a ludicrous monocycle and at the Apollo 11 launch. Other highlights include a brief appearance by Bill Hader as an undercover Andy Warhol and "Boardwalk Empire's" Michael Stuhlbarg as an omniscient alien who can see all possible futures. His character Griffin is probably the best thing about the movie, offering a different kind of sci-fi element to break up the monotony of wacky alien humor. Same can't be said unfortunately about Emma Thompson and her younger counterpart Alice Eve, who are just window dressing not given much to do.

The script miraculously does not feel like it was written on the fly, though it is a bit repetitive. (J and K still don't get along, even in the past!) The big emotional ending twist is surprising and nice, but again feels slightly shoehorned in out of necessity rather than emerging naturally from the story. One thing I have to mention is the creature makeup and effects by Rick Baker. Baker always does masterful work, but the 1960s timeframe allows him to let loose and play with a lot of retro sci-fi characters that are a blast to watch. It's worth a rental for that; just keep an eye in the background for all the cool aliens.

THE EXTRAS

Spot The Alien Game: A first person shooter where you use your remote to blast aliens outside of Wu's Restaurant. Might be fun once, but that's about it.

Partners in Time (26:24): I don't know if it was just my copy, but the audio in this feature was out of sync. Other than that, this was a typical Making Of feature that covers pretty much every part of the production from the actors to effects to production design. The most interesting stuff focuses on Rick Baker's makeup and creatures.

Evolution of Cool (11:08): Looks at MIB style, weapons and headquarters from the 1960s vs today, highlighting the production design by Bo Welch and his team.

Keeping It Surreal (10:26): A featurette on the visual effects and the digital team's work with Rick Baker's practical unit. There's a lot more FX work than you think. There's something in pretty much every single shot .

Scene Investigations: Go more in-depth with the making of for four specific sequences, the Lunar Prison Escape, Showdown at Mr. Wu's, Time Jump and Monocycle Chase.

Progression Reels: See before and after effects shots for five sequences, plus the trailer.

Gag Reel (3:53): The usual flubs and on-set jokes. Nothing memorable

"Back in Time" Music Video by Pitbull: Terrible. Absolutely terrible.

This Blu-Ray set also comes with a 3D Blu-Ray, a DVD and UltraViolet digital version.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
MEN IN BLACK 3 is the sequel that the second movie failed to be. Everyone's clearly doing it for the money, but there's enough fun stuffincluding Josh Brolin's young Tommy Lee Jones and Rick Baker's alien creaturesfor fans to check out.

Extra Tidbit: Keone Young also played a character named Mr. Wu on the awesome HBO show Deadwood.

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