Movie Review – “Men In Black 2”

I had a great time at the movies last night, and
I’ll bet some of you did too. Who wants to talk
about it? (WARNING: There are some spoilers in the
“Low Point” section. Also, there’s a small spoiler
in the “Premise” section that has been revealed in
the trailers.)

Premise

An alien has returned to Earth searching for
something that was hidden
here a couple of decades ago. Only the neuralyzed
Agent K knows where
to find it.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Will
Smith
plays
James Darrell Edwards III

Tommy
Lee
Jones
plays Agent K

Rip
Torn
plays agent
Z.

Patrick
Warburton
as Agent T

Rosario
Dawson

as Laurel

Lara
Flynn
Boyle
as Sarleena

Johnny
Knoxville
as Scard

Tony
Shalhoub
as
Jeebs

Rick
Baker
as the
passport agent

Michael
Jackson
as himself, an alien

Directed by Barry
Sonnenfeld


Written by Robert
Gordon

and Barry
Fanaro

based on a comic book by Lowell
Cunningham

Complete cast and crew information is provided by the
IMDB and can be
found here.

High Point

The pacing. This film kept moving, never dragging at
any point, and
never getting ahead of itself. That’s a tricky thing
to do with this
many special effects, and it was done beautifully.

Low Point

They seemed to deviate from the characters, both in
and out of the
movie. Agent J went from the best agent to a poor
amateur when K came
back, and K’s long-time lost love plot that was so
important to the
original fell apart as a result of some of the
revelations here.

The Scores

How original can a sequel really get? You
have an
established world and an established cast of heroes
to work with.
I give it 2 out of 6.

The effects this time around were seamless.
There were times
when I could spot the CGI, but that was partly due to
the actual work
and partly due to the fact that nobody would bother
building a robot
or model to do this stuff anymore. I give it 5 out
of 6.

The story is better developed than the one
in the original.
Rather than an origin story and a simple chase, this
has a chase, a
rebirth, a mystery, and a look inside the private
lives of the MIB and
what they’ve sacrificed for the chance to save the
world. It’s more
complex than you’ll get from most of your summer
blockbusters. I give
it 5 out of 6.

The acting was a series of well-played
caricatures again.
There are a series of one-dimensional evil villains,
the stupid evil
sidekick, the stupid good sidekick, the same agents
we saw last time,
and the strong but lonely female love interest. All
the actors were
capable, but they weren’t strained in the process. I
give it 4 out of
6.

The emotional response this instilled was
impressive. I
laughed a lot, which is what was a comedy should do.
I also felt for
the agents in the final sequence, before a little
voice inside my head
started yelling “Cheap!” I give it 5 out of 6.

The production values were very high. Danny
Elfman included
themes reminiscent of the original, but still fresh.
Barry Sonnenfeld
kept the directing tight, avoiding some of the overly
long effects
shots he had in the first film. He brought in some
fantastic pacing
this time, too. Rick Baker’s make-up work was good
where it was
used. I give the production 5 out of 6.

Overall, this movie is a great way to kick
off the summer.
If you’re looking for an hour and a half of comedy,
action, and pure
fun, you should check it out. Objectively speaking,
I think it’s a
better film than the original. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Men In Black 2 receives 31 out of
42.

3 replies on “Movie Review – “Men In Black 2””

  1. INVADERkelly says:

    MIB2
    I went to see the movie earlier today, and I thought it was pretty good. sorry i didn’t write a lot- bye

  2. dkichline says:

    Thought it was okay
    First of all, I thought the movie was too short, but that is just being picky. However, overall I thought the movie was good.

    I was entertained, laughed at the parts I was supposed to laugh at. The effects were really good. But for what ever reason, it just does not have the same feeling the first one did.

    One other thing that did bother me. The last scene, you know the one I am talking about. The whole thing felt like it was some last minute add on to the whole movie. Like a deleted scene on a DVD. Or better yet, it felt like those little scenes plopped at the end of credits for the people that hang in the theatres long enough to see them.

  3. chad says:

    Something Missing
    I enjoyed the movie. It was missing some of the freshness and novelty of the first movie (naturally–it’s a sequel), but it didn’t have enough changes and/or new concepts to make it as good as the first one. It reminds me of Ghostbusters 2 in that respect — good but more of the same. Terminator 2 and Aliens are examples of successful sequels that differed enough from the originals that they were ‘fresh’ in their own rights.

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