Editor’s note: We all love movies, but rather than ask a syndicated columnist who has never visited our beautiful High Desert, we commissioned our own local movie critic: Nolan P. Smith to review films and give us a local perspective. Enjoy!
High Desert Daily
(Victorville) In 1997, the world was introduced to special agents with single letter names, who sported black suits, white shirts, sunglasses and defended the world from alien attacks. They were the Men in Black, and they swept the collective audiences around the world off their feet. Now, fifteen years later, the sharp dressed duo is back on the silver screen with their third film: does the formula still work in a world that is very much different from 1997?
The Men in Black film franchise stems from comic book roots, much like many of the blockbusters seen this year. Based off the Malibu Comics series written by Lowell Cunningham, the Men in Black had its best success in the film adaptations, having only run under ten issues as a comic. In case you didn’t know, the Men in Black are a secret organization that polices the Earth from extraterrestrial threats, with the keyword being secret. The films follow the adventures of Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones), and this third installment is no different, though the role of Agent K is shared with Josh Brolin this time around.
The film focuses on an intergalactic threat called Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement), who has a long time vendetta against Agent K. This leads to some time traveling, both from Boris and Agent J to the very different 1960’s. This is where Josh Brolin fills the shoes as a young Agent K, which he does magnificently. The nuances, the mannerisms, Brolin knocks it out of the park as one of the MIB. The film brings the action and the Will Smith humor that we have all missed on the big screen for years now, and plus a well deserved ending.
Looking at all of the films in the series, the first one still holds the record of best in the franchise, as it introduced the world to the memorable agents. This third installment should be held in the same light as the first, as it is a return to all that made the first film work so well. Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin all deliver spot on performances, and the special effects are outstanding, just as you might expect from the Men in Black. Summer is here; make sure to ring it in with one of the best action films to hit theaters this season.