Cert: PG Runtime: 98 minsDirector: Barry Sonnenfeld Cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones. Rip Torn, Vincent D’Onofrio and Linda Fiornentino
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As Men In Black will make a return in 2012 I thought I would make it my blast from the past this week.Men in Black follows the exploits of agents Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) and Jay (Will Smith), members of a top-secret organization established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth. The two Men in Black find themselves in the middle of the deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies. In order to prevent worlds from colliding, the MiB must track down the terrorist and prevent the destruction of Earth. It’s just another typical day for the Men in Black.
Men In Black is yet another summer blockbuster from 1997. But like the best ones, MIB learns not to take itself too seriously. Whether it concerns that anyone on Earth is an alien, or a giant cockroach, MIB knows how to make fun with itself and happily admit that it’s a comedy. And as a comedy, MIB is actually clever and ingenious. The screenplay by Ed Solomon is filled with clever gags as well as clever ideas. The film is like one clever comic book cartoon with some really smart and hilarious ideas. It is based on a famous comic by Lowell Cunnigham, so the film does the right justice to its source.
Will Smith, who also appeared in another alien invasion flick Independence Day, along with Tommy Lee Jones have a great chemistry between these two characters are terrific. Like in tradition of other partners like Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the Leathel Weapon series, Jones and Smith have different personalities, and the sparring between them are worth watching. Solomon’s screenplay gives these two guys a lot to do. The rest of the cast have been given the same good treatment as well, which is so much to be said about other summer flicks. Then of course, there are the special effects, which are terrific. Created by the effect wizards from Industrial Light & Magic, the effects here are fun to look it, as they are plentiful. There’s also a lot of help from Rick Baker, a professional with monster puppets and make-up, which brings to life a series of slimy yet creative critters as tiny alien “worms” or a giant cockroach that takes the skin and life of a farmer. These effects are darn good. Other than special effects are the production design created by Bo Welch, which are elaborate and fancy. Director Barry Sonnenfeld and his associates have a field day with these crazy, colorful, imaginative and, yes, slimy galaxy of visuals and creates a very stylish summer flick, but not so without substance.
Men in Black misfires more often than hits. You exit the movie theatre dazzled by the seamless special effects, but you may find that the dry, off-beat humor as memorable as a flash of light from a neutralizer.Over all I would think that MiB is worth a go and a few other repeats on a Sunday afternoon. It’s funny, interesting and just different to what you normally watch.7.0