Film Review: Men in Black: International (2019)
Updated: Aug 3, 2021
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Men in Black franchise includes 4 films, such as Men in Black (1997); Men in Black II (2002); Men in Black 3 (2012) and Men in Black: International (2019). This franchise was made from the popular Malibu/ Marvel comic series of the same title The Men in Black (1990-1991: author Lowell Cunningham).
MIB is a fictional intelligence agency which work is to save the earth from bad aliens covertly. It also works as a kind of police for alien residents who camouflaged in human bodies. Men in Black: International (2019) is not only a UK branch story, but it is also about what happens after Men in Black 3 (2012) world. Thus it is a spin off, also it is a sequel in the same universe. Before reviewing Men in Black: International (2019), audience must see Men in Black 3 (2012). The latter is the best of the bests in the US HQ trilogy because of the protagonist Agent J (Will Smith ) 's emotional relationship with Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones ) is impressively re-established at the ending. That is a surprise!
Act 1 is Agent J's time travel to 1969 world to save Agent K from the alien fugitive Boris the Animal who killed Agent K by time traveling device. The inciting incident is disappearance of Agent K form 2012 world. Time traveling was a key feature of Men in Black 3 (2012). Act 1 ends when Agent J enters into 1969 era.
Act2 is Agent J's arrest by young Agent K (Josh Brolin) during a confrontation with the antagonist Boris. The course of persuasion of Agent K into the cooperation and mutual trust is a dramatic conflict in this part. At the midpoint, Agent K still is skeptical but partially trusts Agent J to find Griffin who owns the ArcNet which is a Boglodite killer device.
Act 2 ends when 2012 Boris teams up with 1969 Boris to kill Agent K. It is the most intensified phase of the conflict. Besides this, Agent J, K and Griffin realise that they must attach the ArcNet to Apollo11 to save the earth from Boglodites.
Act 3 is a direct confrontation of both sides at Cape Canaveral. Agent K gets rid of Boris at the end. However the most important thing is that Agent J realises that his father is killed by 1969 Boris and Agent K then becomes his protector and future recruiter. Agent J's moment of truth is created via 2012 and 1969 confrontations with two Boris. What deeply impressing audiences is synthesis of Agent J, K relationship of 1969 and 2012. The 1969-2012 conflicts created and depicted their inner relationship and history cinematically.
On the contrary, Men in Black: International (2019) is more sexually and racially democratised due to the controversial protagonist Agent M (Tessa Thompson), a new MIB recruit assigned to the UK branch . Its casting is attractive and diversified than the US HQ trilogy. Agent M is equal with Agent J in the previous films.
Thus, Agent H is the Agent K's role in this new film. Chris Hemsworth 's acting is most attractive when he plays a comical action character like Kevin in the Ghostbusters (2016). Agent H's characterisation is very close to Kevin. It is no doubt that Chris Hemsworth is the most talented male young actor in the present Hollywood film industry.
The story line of Men in Black: International (2019) is more simplified than Men in Black 3 (2012) in which time travel is involved. ScreenRant published the outline of the story below:
After the events of Men in Black 3, London has a branch of Men in Black (MIB). After finding the MIB base, a woman (Tessa Thompson) joins them. The head of the branch, High T (Liam Neeson), pairs her up with Agent H (Chris Hemsworth). These two secret agents become involved in a series of alien attacks that sends them traveling around the globe. - ScreenRant (1)
Like all MIB films, it is also for all ages to see in cinema. Moreover, MIB film is actually promoting sexual and racial diversifications. ''Aliens'' in MIB films are not reflections of foreign ethnic minorities in US society. Audiences can enjoy it without any political considerations.
Absolutely Perfect MIB! ( Score 10/10 ⭐)
Absolute perfection, MIB!! Good acting performance to all the characters. Great CGI's. Truly epic & perfect ending to a long journey of MIB movie. Go see it you won't regret it !! Perfect MIB film!!
(1) https://screenrant.com/men-black-poster-plot-details/ accessed June 12, 2019.
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