Men in Back international

A review of  the recent Men in Black movie Men in Back international.

Men in Back international

On the 15 of June 2019 I had the opportunity to see the recent M.I.B movies Men in Black international starring Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth and directed by F. Gary Gray. I have to say from a devout M.I.B and film fan this movie was...meh.  

For some of you you might remember the The original Men in Black starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. The story was a light heated, funny, original concept of two secret agents of a secret organization part that deal with deadly or unfamiliar alien terrorist who’s aim is to destroy earth and its up to these two agents to try save humanity from these threatening extraterrestrial life forms.

Unlike the original this movies was not original, heart felt and at most points not even that funny. The plot was basically every MIB film consisting of an alien that’s hard for them to catch who so happens to be right under their noses the whole time, wanting some powerful weapon of some kind to destroy the world. The only thing that differed it from the other movies is Tessa Thompsons character finding The M.I.B and her being a main female character as an M.I.B agent and that’s about it really, besides from that it’s just the same old blueprint the movie series has been recycling for their last three movies which is a recurring problem Hollywood seems to have when making sequels or remakes and to be honest it was something I expected. No matter what director it is Hollywood always seems to somehow wash away original feelings and stories with new, quick uninteresting new ones.

As a fan of film I seek to find feeling in characters and their intentions for certain things and this movie included little to non of any emotional investment in the characters. The characters were only given blank back stories and barely any reason as to why they do what they do although there was moments where slight backstories were given to us however they either were not clear enough or didn’t makes sense. Moreover another flaw that was consistent in this film was the humor. From the director of the hilarious movie Friday and character developed movies like Straight Outta Compton I was highly disappointed by this.

I have to admit for the times I was fully awake there were little moments that made me giggle however that was a hand full if not less. Kumail Nanjiani’s character was undoubtedly the comic relief of the movie with funny catchphrases and adorable wit definitely my favourite character of the film, but that’s what bothered me I was more invested in the side character than I was the main ones as they were only given dry funny bits and unnecessary bland serious bits which made them really boring at times adding to the non existent empathetic feeling I had for the characters.

The movie had many flaws however there were positive things that stood out  despite the lack of characterisation the chemistry between Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson stood out as was one of the best parts of  the movie as they previously did do two movies together in the past both as leads ( Thor Ragnarok And Avengers Endgame ). The movie also had really good CGI, the casting was great including people like Liam Neeson, Kumail Nanjiani, Emma Thompson and Rafe Spall just to name a few. Overall the movie was decent... for someone who has never watched the M.I.B film series and mediocrely decent for those who have.

Overall if you looking for a summer loud and pretty adventurous movie to see with the family this movie is something to see. However if you looking for that one nostalgic feeling you had watching the original movie or happen to be someone with high interest in film and story telling this is a stay at home trip.

Header Image Credit: Theatrical release poster


Mary Manyika

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  • Sienna James

    On 28 July 2019, 19:10 Sienna James Assistant Editor commented:

    Thanks for this detailed and helpful review, Mary! Do you think this play will impact your Arts Award? :)

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