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Men in Black International (2019): Action / Adventure / Comedy

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Men in Black, the secret government organisation with the cream of the crop agents and the advanced technology from all over the known Universe is now having a mole who threatens to destroy the Earth.

The reasons are obvious as to why it didn’t perform well. Barry Sonnenfeld, director of Men in Black I (1997), Men in Black II (2002), and Men in Black III (2012) gave MIB an appealing character to men, women, and children of all ages. F. Gary Gray and the studios decided it’s a wise choice to ‘devote’ Men in Black: International to millennials and, as a result, it was turned into something unfulfilling for everyone else – even them evidently. To be more specific:

  • Online childish slang (?) such as ‘you had one job’ and ‘that happened…’ were only put there just to have these lines heard by their favourite actors/actresses.
  • Both men and women, we acknowledge that Chris Hemsworth is attractive. Fair enough, but to make him look like he just finished a fragrance photoshoot or an underwear ad throughout the whole film kills the vibe, throws the fans of MIB off, and ultimately depreciates the franchise’s value.
  • I know it’s an action/comedy/adventure but the main hero comes to realise something he never expected about himself (no spoilers). Do we feel like he is really affected by it? No. That kills the drama. And as a whole, I didn’t really feel anything about anyone as it was all…
  • Fun! Comedy works in mysterious ways and what makes people tick varies. BUT… having a punchline for everything that happens for almost two hours creates one emotion for every situation.

Men in Black: International became a lose-lose situation for studios and audiences alike. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones (even Josh Brolin) became MIB by earning their stripes. F. Gary Gray is an amazing director. Friday (1995) and Straight Outta Compton (2015) are brilliant examples of his work but Matt Holloway’s and Art Marcum’s script didn’t do any favours to anyone. If you also want to admire Chris Hemsworth as a presence but also a thespian, watch Rush (2013), In the Heart of Sea (2015), Bad Time at the El Royale (2018), and of course, the Thor/Avengers franchise.

I’m not even gonna go into production details and I feel sorry for not having something good to say (except that Tessa Thompson is always mesmerising).

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Published by akraefnis

I got hooked with the TV and Film production immediately after school. Working and studying it at the same time, I managed to go through various Production and Postproduction stages in the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation. After years of work, and after having finished my Bachelor in Communication I went to the U.K. to specialise in visual effects by doing my Masters Degree and by being certified in Video Editing by Apple. In 2011, I won the "Nostimon Imar" Award (Best Greek Director Abroad) for my short film "Ithaca" that I wrote, edited and directed. The following year, I donated my documentary "Asperger Syndrome: Myths & Reality" to the National Autistic Society in the U.K. I live and work in the U.K. as freelance Video Editor and Camera Operator in corporate videos, fashion shows, and documentaries. Furthermore, I am doing my PhD in Film at the University of Nottingham.

One thought on “Men in Black International (2019): Action / Adventure / Comedy

  1. I only ever watched the first one of these and that was enough for me. I would have to be strapped down and forced to watch it.

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