Dorky factoid about me: I love Men in Black. I could probably watch it over and over again. Yes, it’s stupid, but I just don’t care.
But it’s been a while since that movie came out. When I heard they were making Men in Black III, my first reaction was, “Well, of course Tommy Lee Jones will always be an incredible badass…but isn’t he getting a little old for this?” (Also, a later check on Wikipedia revealed that TLJ is only two years older than my dad, so he’s not that old.) Then I started seeing trailers and figuring out the plot, and it all made sense.
Boris the Animal, one of the worst villains of all time, escapes from prison (in space!) and time travels into the past so that he can destroy Agent K, the man who captured him and sent him to jail. This, of course, alters the timeline, and for some strange reason the only person who remembers K is his partner, Agent J. With the help of alien technology (of course!), Agent J must jump to an earlier point in time, stop Boris the Animal from murdering K, and save the earth from invasion and destruction.
Or, as the Men in Black would call it, Tuesday.
Hooray for aliens! Hooray for explosions! Hooray for young Agent K, played perfectly by Josh Brolin. Man. Did he have a prosthetic nose or did they digitally alter his face to make him look more like Tommy Lee Jones? I have no idea, but it was really convincing. Brolin was completely believable as the younger version of Agent K. (Although older than expected. What’s up with that? Brolin’s older than I thought, TLJ is younger…maybe I’m not allowed to guess at ages anymore.) This was much better than Men In Black II, which I remember as being a bit of a slog in the middle – but to be fair, I haven’t seen that once since it hit the movie theatres so I have only the vaguest memories of it.
I have to admit that I was a little uncomfortable with this movie, because it dared to tug at the emotional strings. I don’t go to Men in Black movies so that I can bawl into my sleeve, but the ending of this movie sure tried to get the tears flowing. It would be too much of a spoiler to reveal exactly what happens – let’s just say that one of the big mysteries from J’s past is explained, and in any other movie it’d be a very touching scene. But this is Men in Black; I don’t want to have feelings! I want cheesy CGI aliens, men in tailored suits, and EXPLOSIONS!!! None of that mushy girly crap.
This would be a great place to end the franchise. Men in Black III is, simply put, an incredibly satisfying movie. I really don’t know that there’s much more to do with the characters, as much as I love them, so I hope they don’t go and try to make a fourth film. But knowing Hollywood, all I can say is we’ll see…