No matter how hard you try when you see the number three at
the end of the movie you're about to watch you automatically expect less from
it, or is that just me?
Trilogies in the horror genre have a notorious reputation of
(lets say it out loud) sucking. I can
pretty much count the kick ass horror films that end with the number three on
two fingers. Actually very few genre
films even deserve a third visit and I'm not going to lie to you, I wasn't sure
the MIB franchise made the cut. I don't
know about you but I could have lived without hooking up again with J and K.
But of course in this day and age if even one more dollar
can be squeezed from a story idea it is all but guaranteed that said project
will be greenlit and at your local theater sooner than later.
The good news is that MIB3 beats the odds and actually ends
up being a fun, exciting, worth-while endeavor that actually kind of reinvents
the franchise while at the same time paying homage to the very staple they
At its core MIB3 is a time travel tale, as J must travel
back to 1969 to stop an event that will change history and end the world, as we
know it. Will Smith returns as does
Tommy Lee Jones although Tommy Lee is actually in the film very little. Instead Josh Brolin comes on board to play
the younger version of K whom J hooks up with once he travels back to
1969. Brolin does a magnificent job of
keeping the character of K in tact while not copying or imitating Lee???s
version. It really is a joy to behold.
Equally impressive is the main baddie this time around, a
particularly nasty fellow by the name of Boris the Animal. Played wonderfully over the top by Jemaine
Clement and unrecognizable in brilliant make up by Rick Baker. He's as awkward to look at as he fun to watch
explode on the screen. While no real new
ground is broken in the first two thirds of the film, it's all very well
constructed and quite fun to watch. The
magic however lays in the last third of the film where a major plot twist is revealed
that is amazingly touching and shines a whole new light on the entire
I have to admit, I really liked MIB3 and it serves as a nice
ending point for what has now become a classic.
But will this be the end of the road for J and K? Who knows for sure, they've certainly opened
the door to going back in time and having younger actors hold the mantle, as I
stated above Brolin is actually quite amazing as young K and I'm sure an
equally impressive substitute could be found for Smith???s J.
We'll have to wait and see if a fourth chapter in the MIB
saga is meant to be but what I know for sure is that MIB3 is more than worthy
of your time and money.
Go pick it up for some sci-fi/horror fun.