Director: F. Gary Gray
Writer/s: Matt Holloway, Art Marcum, Lowell Cunningham
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, and more.
Special shout out to my friend Mollie for some notes, a great conversation, and a push for to go watch “Men in Black: International”!
Wanna see Thor and Valkyrie fight off the Kree? Well go watch another movie. But hey, I have the next “best” thing for you in the form of “Men in Black: International”! Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson team up in the sequel to the beloved trilogy that is the Men in Black. Personally, I have been on the fence regarding this movie. I think it has the potential to be decent. With a cast like this, it has to have a shot, right? Welp, Oberrated time.
“The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.”
So to open the critical portion of this review, I want to first bring up how my friend Mollie reached out to me asking if I had reviewed or seen “Men in Black: International” yet, followed by her incredible disappointment in the movie. She warned me of Mary Sue characters with zero character development and performance not by Chris or Tessa but rather two cardboard cutouts. This harsh criticism actually took me back for a moment. I thought, “There’s no way this movie could be that bad, can it?” I followed this up by taking my father out on Father’s Day to catch the flick and guess what, Mollie was basically spot on.
“Men in Black: International” is essentially a failure to launch. We are given a star studded cast that have virtually nothing to work with in regards to well done characters. Chris’ character, Agent H, is reportedly one of the best agents in the system but something seemed to have happened to have him off his game. This arc does nothing for him and is never given proper justice or even something to care about in the least bit. Tessa, as Agent M, is a logic driven rookie agent who showed great early promise. She flashed moments that had momentum to be hilarious but does not go farther than a moment. Otherwise, M does not add much to the movie, which is a damn shame seeing how Tessa and Chris played off of each other in Ragnarok. Just goes to show the power of Taika Waititi. The two are hollow, boring, and undeveloped characters who are simply in place to move this sleepwalking story.
Now first of all, lets not get too excited that I just said there is a story to push because, honestly, there is not. If you have followed the Men in Black, you already get it. Bad alien invades, the Men in Black need to stop them. The world is at stake, MIB wins. YAY! Well as if the story is not already so basic and dull, “Men in Black: International” found some way to make it even more basic and even confusing. Like I spoke of before, Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) has some downfall which makes him a lazy and uncaring agent although still being regarded as one of the greatest. He also has a side story which is forced and absolutely pointless besides adding a small fight scene, a hook to the early point of the movie, and a couple more maybe laughs. Agent M (Tessa Thompson) Hardly contributes anything to the story besides being a plot pusher. It is all very A + B = C and by a quarter of the way through the movie, I was painfully waiting for C to get to me.
I feel as if I should go a bit deeper into breaking down this movie but to be honest, I really just do not care about it. “Men in Black: International” provided nothing for me. Hollowed out characters with almost no one to favor beyond Kumail who did a partial job at the comedy. A story that I slept through. Just simply nothing to get excited about. I gotta say, for once I would recommend saving your money. The Tessa and Chris allure is a front and have zero resemblance to their chemistry presented in Thor: Ragnarok. Just… bad.
- The introduction to the film world of “Les Twins”. The YouTube dancing stars, Laurent Bourgeois and Larry Bourgeois, make their film debut and I love these guys. We don’t get too much acting out of them but I would love to see more of them if they were to morph into Hollywood.
- There were flashes of strong comedic moments throughout the film…Maybe like three. But there were flashes.
- I love Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, I really do. This film is just an utter waste of their talents.
- Seriously, just go watch End Game again. Or Booksmart.