The sequel no-one wanted except for the studio’s accountants . . .

Agent J (Will Smith) travels back in time to save a younger version of Agent J (Josh Brolin) from being killed by a vengeful alien in this belated – ten years after Men in Black II! – franchise entry.

What we liked:

- Time travel tales are always fun and in this one we see Will Smith travel back to the 1960s to meet Andy Warhol and get pulled off by racist White cops. (The more things change, the more they stay the same . . .)

- Josh Brolin is a dead ringer for a younger Tommy Lee Jones. We couldn’t buy Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a doppelganger for a youthful Bruce Willis in Looper, but Brolin in MiB III we do! Brolin is a better Tommy Lee Jones than Tommy Lee Jones who looks really tired with his hang dog Walter Matthau expression.

- It’s a slight and whimsical story that never bores.

What We Didn’t Like:

- It doesn’t feel like a summer blockbuster release either. Still, you can do a lot worse when it comes to lightweight home entertainment. (Battleship, anyone?)

- Andy Warhol . . . and that’s it? Warhol is the only ‘Sixties pop culture idol Agent J manages to meet. Come on, folks! Surely the screenwriters could have come up with some more interesting figures from the era.

- The mushy ending. Was that really necessary?

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  • Edgar Allen

    Thanks for the post, James. I loved the first Men In Black,
    I enjoyed the second, and I even watched the cartoon series. I really feels
    like I have been waiting a decade for this movie to come out on disk. I missed
    it in theaters, but I knew it was coming out on Tuesday, so I went online early
    that morning, and added MIB 3 to the top of my DISH Blockbuster @Home rental
    queue. I am having a little viewing party with a few of my coworkers from DISH
    this weekend, and my disk should arrive in the mail just in time for our little
    gathering. I just watched the trailer, and you’re right about Brolin and Jones;
    they make a better time travel duo than Willis and Levitt.

  • bicycle_bum

    It was a fun movie but it could have done without some if not most of the language. It did not add to the story one bit.

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