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Rashid Irani's review: Men in Black 3

Rashid Irani, Hindustan Times   May 26, 2012
First Published: 00:51 IST(26/5/2012) | Last Updated: 15:20 IST(26/5/2012)

Men in Black 2
Direction:
Barry Sonnenfeld
Actors: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones
Rating: **1/2

The ultra-hip, alien-thwarting agents step out again after a ten-year absence. There’s a trippy time-travel twist at the core of the third installment of the sci-fi comedy series, besides a newly minted villain in the form of a one-armed intergalactic nasty.

Oh yes, and it’s filmed in the ubiquitous 3D format. But in most other ways, Men In Black 3 is no different from the original 1997 blockbuster or its underwhelming 2002 follow-up.

The freshness is gone and there’s precious little chemistry between the two leads. Indeed, Tommy Lee Jones is relegated to the background with barely 15 minutes of screen time.

The basic storyline here is decidedly sketchy. This time around, Will Smith is forced to travel back to 1969 in order to prevent his former partner, portrayed as a young man by Josh Brolin, from being killed.

With a little bit of help from an alien clairvoyant (Michael Stuhlbarg), they succeed in saving planet earth from annihilation. Thanks guys.

Their quest takes them from a freaky Chinese restaurant in Manhattan to the site of the Apollo 11 launch to the moon. An interlude at Andy Wahrol’s adda for artists called “The Factory” is a tame, guffaw-free affair.

Add to the scenario, outrageous special effects, mandatory chases (one on souped-up monocycles, no less) and a parade of tentacled  thingies designed by make-up maestro Rick Baker, and presto, you get yet another silly but nevertheless mildly entertaining threequel. 

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