Review: Men in Black: International (2019)

Men in Black: International (2019)

Directed by: 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

In 1997 ‘MIB’ was released and this film did a lot of good 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 co-star Tommy Lee Jones, the film certainly left a taste for more. The long-awaited sequel was released in 2002, but the sequel couldn’t compete with its predecessor. As 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 flopped mercilessly not the right one.

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

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 faded copy that has nothing new to offer. Director F. Gary Gray also fails to save this production. 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 adds nothing and has clearly accepted the offer to play in this film for the money.

This reboot has nothing to report and that makes this film with a running time of 115 minutes a very long one. The joke density is very low and it seems like the creators took the source material quite seriously. Which was a bad decision, because this nonsense only works when presented with a big wink. Conclusion: this franchise has been completely drained and may be blacked out.

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