Review: Men in Black: International (2019)

Chris Hemsworth (H) with Em (Tessa Thompson) in Marrakech in Columbia Pictures' MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL.

Men in Black: International (2019)

Director: F. Gary Gray | 115 minutes | action, adventure | Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Rafe Spall, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Laurent Bourgeois, Larry Bourgeois, Kayvan Novak, Spencer Wilding, Marcy Harriell, Inny Clemons, Aaron Serotsky, Mandeiya Flory

“MIB” was released in 1997 and this film did a great job for Will Smith’s career. The actor became more popular than ever and thanks to his charisma and the fine chemistry that Smith had with his opponent Tommy Lee Jones, the film certainly tasted more. The long-awaited sequel appeared in 2002, but the sequel couldn’t compete with its predecessor. Like so often. In 2019, the fourth part of the MIB saga is a fact. Without Smith and Jones. A daring choice and given that this film ruthlessly flopped the right one.

In “Men In Black: International” you meet Agent H (Chris “Thor” Hemsworth) and Agent M (Tessa Thompson). This unlikely duo is part of a secret, international organization. This club protects the earth against alien danger. However, the duo discovers that there is a mole within the organization. This spy is out for world dominance.

Where the 22-year-old original was still fresh and energetic, this fourth part, which is intended as a reboot, falls short on fronts. This film lacks the charisma of Smith, the dry-humor of Jones and the smooth direction of Barry Sonnenfeld. This vehicle with Hemsworth and Thompson is a pale copy that has nothing new to offer. Director F. Gary Gray does not know how to save this production either. The special effects look cheap and clearly come from the computer.

The acting is decent but no more than that. Liam Neeson in a supporting role also does not add anything and has clearly accepted the offer to play in this film for the money.

This reboot has nothing to say and that makes this film with a playing time of 115 minutes a very long one. The joke density is very low and it seems that the makers took the source material quite seriously. That was a bad decision because this column only works if it is presented with a big wink. Conclusion: this franchise has been milked completely empty and can be put on black.


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