Men In Black, As Well

Men In Black II

Yet again, I find another a movie that I like better when I see it again.

Continuing the tale of the secret agency known as the Men In Black, the Earth is once again in danger of an alien threat. Serleena seeks the Light of Zartha. It was contested on Earth twenty-five years earlier. Agent K was involved in this transaction and he is once again needed. However, Agent K was neurolized him and he is now working for the postal service in Massachusetts.  In order to save the Earth and keep balance in the universe, Agent J must de-neurolize Agent K, find the Light of Zartha, and defeat Serleena. Pretty simple, right?

Watching this movie over again, I am both entertained and unsettled. Sure, I like the movie and enjoy seeing the old characters again in a new situation but for a series to continue and move forward there must be new characters and new story. They did do better in the third film(now I need to watch it again). Will Smith is usually good on film, the exception being After Earth, but let us not speak of that. One of my favorite actors will always be Tommy Lee Jones though — so good for so long(except that Batman movie he was in, so bad).  One other thing that did let me down was the special effects in the movie. Usually a big-time Hollywood production has THE best in special effects. This movie kind of has some B-level effects that look really fake most of the time. Perhaps the  effects budget took a hit to payoff all the big names starring in the movie. Overall it feels like that brought the movie down a notch or two.

I saw this movie in the theater when it was first released and was disappointed. It seemed like a really bad carbon copy of the original. Watching it again though, I still think that it copies a lot of the same ground the first movie did but I also see that it gives a new and extended approach to it. It almost comes off that they were trying to pay tribute and celebrate what the first movie did. Unfortunately, that should be for others to do. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, right? One should not flatter themselves.

Our friends at Amazon will let you stream it if you don’t have Netflix. If you want to own it, Amazon will help you out there too. I’m still trying to find the MIB application process. Would you have let her go???


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