“Men In Black International”

LOUISA:  1.5 STARS


LOUISA SAYS:

It’s as bad as you’ve feared.

“Men In Black International” surprisingly starts off strong, but completely falls apart within the first twenty minutes. When the movie is at its best, it feels like a project that would be better suited as a direct to video release. When it’s at its worst, it’s no better than a second rate mockbuster knockoff that you’d find in your local Redbox kiosk.

I place the blame squarely on the shoulders of all involved in this debacle. You can point fingers at the writer, the director, the studio, the editor, and even the actors. It’s the overwhelming lack of effort from the entire group that makes this movie absolutely insufferable. When it is so crystal clear that nobody attached to the film cared much at all, then why should audiences? It’s lazy, it’s dumb, and it’s boring.

The Men (and now, Women) in Black are back to protect the Earth from the scum of the universe. When it’s discovered there may be a mole in the MIB organization, superstar Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and new recruit Agent M (Tessa Thompson) are hot on the case. With the help of extraterrestrial Pawny (voice of Kumail Nanjiani), they travel the planet to uncover the evildoers and restore the integrity of the top-secret society.

The first part of the movie isn’t totally unwatchable, as there are a few fun (and funny) naughty female-driven jokes that acknowledge the film’s major selling point: the eye candy it provides in the form of Hemsworth. Add another round of applause for the addition of a strong female character that doesn’t seem like a forced effort to be politically correct.

What doesn’t work is the dumb story and the long-winded filler that’s just so draggy. The movie is very dull and slow, so much so that even the action scenes are boring. (The barely adequate CGI effects don’t help).

Once the film lost me, it failed to win me back. It’s too bad because Thompson and Hemsworth make such a great team. Their banter and chemistry both skyrocket off the charts, and the duo work ridiculously well together. They’re funny and charming, and I’m angry how both actors are wasted in a junk film like this. It’s the perfect pairing that’s squandered with the laziness in the filmmaking, an astounding lack of effort that may seal their fate as future stars of the dying franchise. Nobody behind the camera truly seems invested in this movie, and neither will audiences.

5 comments

  1. I don’t know whether to thank you or curse you! My son has been asking to see this for weeks, since we saw the first trailer during Avengers: Endgame. Now I don’t know whether to endure it for his sake, or beg off of it for mine. Would ignorance have been bliss here?

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    1. Well, now that your expectations are set super low, it might not seem as awful as it is! Tessa and Chris have great chemistry and comedic timing, which makes the movie not totally unwatchable.

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  2. I believe you, this film looks awful. My question is, then: why was it made? As far as I know, Barry Sonnenfeld’s trilogy is considered toto be OK, right? Why not reusing some of its assets, like the director or Will Smith?
    Why does Hollywood keep making reboots and remakes that are so forgettable?

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  3. I haven’t bothered to review this but would agree w/ your rating. I LOVE Tessa Thompson but she is sooo wasted here and I’m tired of the ‘hot’ Chris Hemsworth, he maybe eye candy to some but I’m SO over him. I much prefer Fat Thor 😀

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