Men in Black: International Has Funny Moments, but Misses out on a Potentially Wonderful Story Men in Black: International Has Funny Moments, but Misses out on a Potentially Wonderful Story

13 Jun , 2019

Have you ever cooked something but didn't quite season it enough? THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is Men in Black: International. 

This movie is stacked with the necessary fixings of a great movie; a great cast featuring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, and Emma Thompson, an established franchise, Aliens and high tech gadgets, and much more. But all that gets lost in translation with the lacking energy and meandering story of the film. 

What's up with these characters? 

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson play Agent H and Agent M (was H&M a sponsor?) and I expected that Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame energy. Unfortunately, that wasn't what we got. Hemsworth plays a somewhat charming, but jerk-ish guy who works alone and plays by his own rules. There's never a rhyme or reason for this—no stained past, no life circumstance, NOPE. He's just been branded a hero, so therefore he can do whatever he wants. 

Tessa Thompson was a little more enjoyable, but the biggest flaw in her character is a lack thereof—her character is seemingly perfect. In the beginning, Thompson's Agent M witnesses her parents being neuralized by two Men in Black agents, which sets her entire life on a course to find them. Do we see her training at all? No. Agent M is perfect, she ranks in almost 100% in all aspects across the board. Talk about a missed opportunity for development... 

The two of them together was fun at times, but it wasn't nearly as fun as their performances in the two Marvel movies. Kumail Nanjiani as the alien companion, Pawny, was the comedic relief that saved these two. His hilarious one-liners in response to their dialogue opened up a lot of energy between H and M (haha). 

There's a villain problem 

I won't spoil the real villain of the movie, but per usual there's a traitor in the Men in Black. But before the traitor is revealed, the Les Twins play twin aliens who can manipulate solids into liquids, liquids into gasses, etc. They were actually pretty incredible, with well-done CG, sweet powers, and a past shrouded in mystery. Well, we never get to explore their purpose or who they are because they're vaporized before we get to explore them. Yawn.

Then you discover who the "traitor" was and it's not exactly a surprise. They tried to wrench a twist into who the traitor was, but honestly, I just wanted the Les Twins back. Being dancers they had these awesome fluid movements and it appeared as their characters traveled to another dimension. But, again, they're vaporized before we even get to know them. 

Men in Black: International was a movie with a lot of potential, but it didn't hit the home run it could've. 

Catch our extended review in our video below: 

 

Have you ever cooked something but didn't quite season it enough? THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is Men in Black: International. 

This movie is stacked with the necessary fixings of a great movie; a great cast featuring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, and Emma Thompson, an established franchise, Aliens and high tech gadgets, and much more. But all that gets lost in translation with the lacking energy and meandering story of the film. 

What's up with these characters? 

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson play Agent H and Agent M (was H&M a sponsor?) and I expected that Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame energy. Unfortunately, that wasn't what we got. Hemsworth plays a somewhat charming, but jerk-ish guy who works alone and plays by his own rules. There's never a rhyme or reason for this—no stained past, no life circumstance, NOPE. He's just been branded a hero, so therefore he can do whatever he wants. 

Tessa Thompson was a little more enjoyable, but the biggest flaw in her character is a lack thereof—her character is seemingly perfect. In the beginning, Thompson's Agent M witnesses her parents being neuralized by two Men in Black agents, which sets her entire life on a course to find them. Do we see her training at all? No. Agent M is perfect, she ranks in almost 100% in all aspects across the board. Talk about a missed opportunity for development... 

The two of them together was fun at times, but it wasn't nearly as fun as their performances in the two Marvel movies. Kumail Nanjiani as the alien companion, Pawny, was the comedic relief that saved these two. His hilarious one-liners in response to their dialogue opened up a lot of energy between H and M (haha). 

There's a villain problem 

I won't spoil the real villain of the movie, but per usual there's a traitor in the Men in Black. But before the traitor is revealed, the Les Twins play twin aliens who can manipulate solids into liquids, liquids into gasses, etc. They were actually pretty incredible, with well-done CG, sweet powers, and a past shrouded in mystery. Well, we never get to explore their purpose or who they are because they're vaporized before we get to explore them. Yawn.

Then you discover who the "traitor" was and it's not exactly a surprise. They tried to wrench a twist into who the traitor was, but honestly, I just wanted the Les Twins back. Being dancers they had these awesome fluid movements and it appeared as their characters traveled to another dimension. But, again, they're vaporized before we even get to know them. 

Men in Black: International was a movie with a lot of potential, but it didn't hit the home run it could've. 

Catch our extended review in our video below: 

 

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