Men In Black International Movie Review 2019: Drowsy World Trip

Men In Black International Movie Review 2019: Drowsy World Trip

Movie Name
Men In Black International
F. Gary Gray
Action, Adventure, Comedy
01 hours 54 minutes

Men In Black International Review

Everything about the Will Smith-Tommy Lee Jones & Barry Sonnenfeld-led franchise used to be crackling. With ‘Yummy' Chris Hemsworth (as he's referred to in the film) and saucy Tessa Thompson replacing the main cast and F Gary Gray coming in instead of Sonnenfeld, the expectation was of fresh wit and naughty chemistry. Especially since Hemsworth and Thompson hit it off in the recent Thor Rangnarok.

But the latest instalment of the men who protect aliens on earth is so busy going on a world tour with locations changing from Paris, New York and London to Marrakesh that Gray seemed to have left the script behind in one of those shape-changing vehicles.

Once upon a time, Hollywood had a mandatory black actor. Now Hollywood's current favourite theme is to push the idea of a female hero. Brie Larson as Captain Marvel did what the guys do - save the world. In X-Men Dark Phoenix, there's a query on whether the team needs to be renamed to make it more gender inclusive. And the same thought is articulated in Men In Black International. Can Molly or Agent M, the latest recruit, be strictly speaking be one of the ‘Men' In Black? So expect a gender change in some of the more popular franchises soon.

If the presence of Molly who watched her parents being neuralysed by two agents 20 years ago and grew up wanting to be one of the Men In Black, represents freshness then that's about as fresh as it gets this time around.

Oh, yes, in all the woman-on-top frenzy, Chris Hemsworth or Agent H comes off as more incompetent and distracted than goofy-cute and fun. But he does get to take his shirt off just once.

Apart from two aliens who've come down to earth to pick up a powerful object with Agents H & M (not the popular chain of stores) on their tail, there's a mole in the MIB office who's outed in a hurry in the last few minutes.

Molly practically waltzes into the highly secret MIB as if it's a cakewalk to get in and picks up a prized assignment with Agent H like she's plucking an apple off a fruit seller's cart. It's all too pat really.

Special effects don't need to be mentioned anymore when there's been a steady upgrade in the department right from Star Wars and the first MIB to the Marvel Universe. So yes, while it's competent, it isn't jaw-dropping novel.

Liam Neeson who has franchises that revolve around him, is relegated to an unimportant third position in this edition of MIB.

With the banter between H & M hardly what one would term crackling, the one who has the best lines and provides amusement is Kumail Nanjiani as Pawny.

Since neuralysing is such an integral part of the series, I'll go along with everybody else and tell Gray, ‘Hey, we haven't been neuralysed, we remember what fun MIB used to be. What happened to you?'

Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.

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The Verdict

For an underwhelming addition the MIB franchise, Men In Black International gets a 2* rating.


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