The first Men in Black movie I loved, it was such a refreshing and fun concept. After seeing that movie in my early high school days, I just wanted to see more adventures by these mysterious agents. So when MIB 2 was coming to the big screen, I was totally pumped. Then we all know how that turned out, a really disappointing turn on the big screen. After that movie was over, I felt a bit betrayed. Something that I liked so much seemed like there wasn’t much care taken with it. I left the theater that night, talking about how bad the film was, and deep down inside I just wanted to see another one, a movie to make up for what went wrong with number 2. Here comes Men in Black 3, starting of with the amazingly catchy song “Back in Time,” and I was ready, a time to make up for past grievances!
In MIB 2, there were a couple things that went horribly wrong. All of the fun periphery characters from the first movies became focal points in the second film. Example number one, Frank the pug, fun two minute cameo, but became an annoying leading figure in film 2. I mean really, they jumped the shark and made him an agent. Well I am glad to see all of those things fell to the background in the most recent turn. We saw the worms walk by in a short cameo, all of the crazy alien characters were in the periphery, and this film focused only on the agents and their relationships.
That is one of the main goals of an improv scene. Don’t want to see plotty stories, its important to get to the relationships between the people on stage and play them out in a meaningful way. The filmmaker certainly developed the relationships of our main agents in a fast, fun, and meaningful way. The twist at the end was unexpected and developed our two main characters in probably the most dramatic way in the whole series.
In most of the past editions of the MIB series when we meet aliens I never found them very inventive or interesting. That was something that also changed this time around. The villain Boris the Animal was pretty interesting, but my favorite character was Griffin, an alien who could constantly see multiple versions of the present/future playing out. He also brought nice positive comments to the heartfelt moments in the movie. Positivity is a major improv goal, and this character certainly brought positivity to this film. This was a fun time traveling character in a time turning movie.
Overall, I really liked Men in Black 3. Was it the best movie of the summer, probably not, but it was a fun film to sit back, enjoy, and down some popcorn too. There were a few things that really frustrated me. In the past films Agent K was always shown as partnered character that really missed his wife, while they did divorce in film 2, a love interest from the past was added into a portion of time when K was in my mind dedicated to his wife. As with turning time, there are always plot holes, while they were there, I feel like this film did a bit better then most in that department. Overall, I definitely enjoyed this film! (3 ½ stars out of 5)