I haven’t seen a single Men in Black film until now. Why? Don’t really have a reason, but was excited to this chapter for three reasons – Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Director F. Gary Gray. It was very timely to make the duo half female proving that girls can do whatever dudes can do. I rather enjoyed watching Tessa kick alien booty! Let’s face it though. Whenever a sequel of a blockbuster film continues without its original stars that made it iconic (Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones), filmmakers are always taking a risk. I mean the 1997 version was cutting edge CGI at the time and now it has literally become the norm in flicks of this nature. MIB: International is for all practical purposes a sequel to Men in Black 3 with Emma Thompson (Agent O) being the head chick in charge bringing on new recruit Agent M (Tessa Thompson) and looking very closely at Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) as a possible successor to Agent T (Liam Neeson). Agent M has an alien connection that no one is aware of except for her and is revealed when absolutely necessary.
Having said all of that…here’s what I liked.
Kumail Nanjiani as Pawny was straight up pure comedy and needs his own sequel. He brought this cute, acerbic little alien to life and literally made me laugh out loud. The chemistry between Thompson and Hemsworth is palpable and hot! Having enjoyed them together in Thor: Ragnarok, the two of them on-screen was very easy and comfortable to watch. I loved Les Twins (World of Dance Champions) were enemy alien species that moved rapidly and were quite menacing. Loved Emma Thompson in literally a cameo role, but she scorches the screen no matter how much time she spends onscreen.
For me, the first act of the film lagged a tad and picks up steam about mid-way through to the end. There are some really comical moments in the dialogue and the audience around me gave it a rousing hand of applause as the credits rolled. Men in Black: International will more than likely fare well at the summer box-office and amongst fans of the franchise. Produced by Columbia Pictures, MIB: International will swoop into theaters nationwide on June 14th.