Men In Black 3 REVIEW

Men In Black 3 review: Black in time

Josh Brolin and Will Smith in Men In Black 3.

Josh Brolin as a young Agent K - or should we type that as Agent k?

Release Date: 5 November 2012
2012 | PG | 106 minutes | £19.99 (DVD)/£24.99 (Blu-ray)/£29.99 (Blu-ray 3D)
Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson, Jemaine Clement

The ten-year gap since the last MiB film has thankfully served to neurolyze the foolish MIIB from our minds. This belated sequel is by no means a masterpiece either, but it benefits from inspired casting and an epic final act.

Grotesque alien jailbird Boris The Animal (Flight Of The Conchords‘ Jemaine Clement) travels through time and kills Agent K in 1969, so J (Will Smith) leaps back to fix things, with the help of the younger K (played superbly by Josh Brolin).

The CG effects are ace, especially on the villain and in the final confrontation at the Apollo launch site. But despite the flicker of romance from Emma Thompson’s Agent O and an expanded backstory for our heroes, the movie feels oddly soulless; the laughs come sparingly and the twist that retcons the agents’ relationship lacks the emotional wallop of most episodes of Doctor Who.

The DVD (rated) has 26-minute Making Of “Partners In Time”, a short gag reel and the music video from that dreadful Pitbull tie-in song.

The Blu-ray adds a pointless shoot-the-alien fairground-style game and more docs: the 11-minute “Evolution Of Cool” about recreating the ‘60s style, 10-minute special effects analysis “Keeping It Surreal”, five genuinely interesting “scene investigations” about the greenscreen and CGI work, and six “progression reels” (totalling 18 minutes) about VFX on the big scenes.

The 3D edition adds two further featurettes about creating the 3D models.

Dave Bradley

For an alternate perspective, read our Men In Black 3 review from the theatrical release.
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