Men In Black International

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The fourth film in the Men In Black franchise looks to reboot the films with new characters and stories.  Well… there are new characters.

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, who worked together as Thor and Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame, don their own black suits and ties to join up with the galaxy defenders.

This is another film this year that is a bit of a mixed bag for me.  Men In Black International is a perfectly okay movie that does not elevate itself above the pack of movies looking for your summer entertainment dollar.  Yet, it is not the most objectionable time at the theater and if you do choose to see it, it won’t be the worst two hours you spend at the movies.  Faint praise, I know.

Molly (Tessa Thompson), after an encounter as a child with the MiB, spent years trying to track down the mysterious organization, finally succeeding.  Her moxie impressed the head of MiB (Emma Thompson) who sends her to the London branch of MiB on a trial basis.  Molly becomes Agent M and meets up with legendary Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) who, along with London branch leader Agent High T (Liam Neeson), saved the world a few years ago from an alien species known as the Hive with nothing more than their wits and a series 7 deatomizer. Agent M arrives and is thrown into a case with Agent H and things happen.

Unfortunately, that plot of the movie is fairly simple and predictable.  So predictable.  I was amazingly  disappointed with how the film played out because I saw the truth coming a mile away and so should most everyone who has ever watched a movie before. They hinted at some potentially interesting ideas early in the movie in connection to Agent H, but they dropped them for the standard fare very quickly.

The film is saved by the wonderful performances and easy chemistry of Hemsworth and Thompson, who are easily the best part of Men In Black International.  Without the charm of these two actors, this movie could be a total mess, but they salvage many scenes just with their work together.

The movie depends on some wild coincidences to make it through the story and many of these coincidence (though spoilers, so I won’t go into specifics) are eye-rollingly bad.

The usually awesome Rebecca Ferguson (from the Mission Impossible series) was here too, but her character is so over-the-top silly that we have zero interest in her.  This is a huge disappointment for the film.

In the end, this is an okay movie, if you have a couple of hours to shove popcorn into your face and shut off your brain.  Men In Black International really does not give you anything new to think about or to watch, but it does provide you two movie stars at the height of their game.  There could have been more here, but, unfortunately, there is not.

2.85 stars

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