Release Date: June 14, 2019
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson
Director: F. Gary Gray
Studio: Columbia Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Parkes + Macdonald, Image Nation, Tencent Pictures
Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing
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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I love, love, loved this movie!
Unfortunately, I can’t compare it to the previous two films, because I haven’t seen either of them all the way through (sacrilege, I know!). I blame that on the fact that the snippets I saw as a kid of scary men in black suits and big guns fighting gruesome aliens. (I think I can fault my chicken-heartedness for a lot of my missing movie lexicon. There’s a reason I self-select for most of the kids’ movies and romcoms around here.)
As an adult, I really enjoyed the spirit of the franchise. It’s a daring adventure, it’s funny, and the stakes are high enough, but things never get so dire that the audience worries everyone won’t end up okay. A big part of my enjoyment of movies these days hinges upon my anxiety level for the main characters at any given time. Again, kids’ movies and romcoms.
Part of the reason I adored this film is because it’s not dark or edgy stuff. It’s a fun romp around the world with aliens. And sometimes I need that.
Everything about Men in Black: International hit- especially the excellent, hilarious writing, and the fabulous, hella attractive actors.
The movie follows Tessa Thompson as Molly. We first meet Molly as a young girl who has an encounter with an alien. While her parents’ memories of the encounter are erased by the Men in Black, Molly remembers. She starts obsessively training, seeking out any opportunities to join the secret organization.
Once Molly discovers Men in Black’s New York headquarters, she receives her mission: go international to investigate something fishy in London.
There, she meets the incomparable Chris Hemsworth, Agent H. H has a reputation for having saved the planet with, ‘nothing but his wits and his atomizer.’ He’s kind of a huge deal.
Molly and H find themselves thrown together after the death of a prominent ambassador, and suspect a mole might be lurking inside Men in Black.
Along the way, they pick up Pawny, a tiny CGI alien played by Kumail Nanjiani, who adds hilarious repartee to the duo. Hemsworth is charmingly, bumblingly, cluelessly hilarious as per usual. Thompson brings power and light and warmth to her role the same way she lit up the screen in Ragnorak.
The leads’ chemistry was undeniable- the dialogue was witty and the action never dragged. I enjoyed every minute along the way. Go see this cheeky, wonderful movie!