Top positive review
Good pacing, serviceable plot.
on December 20, 2015
When I originally saw this movie when it came out, I maybe didn't appreciate it. It was a fast paced and decent fun movie without much in the way of stakes or anything that kept me interested. But watching the movie now, I can appreciate it more. While I don't think it touches the first MIB, it does enough new and interesting things to keep things fresh.
Many of the original films cast comes back for round 2. And it does give us a chance to get more screen time out of certain characters who may not have had much of a chance to shine before. So the dynamic of the movie feels quite a lot different. Especially since the roles of teacher and student have been reversed.
Now the biggest change about this film is pacing. Whereas the first film has points of discovery, and gives you time to take the world in that it has built, the sequel doesn't let up. This is a movie that has a lot to take in. And most things happen pretty rapidly. There is a real fast pacing. And even when the movie slows down for certain scenes, it still drives the movie forward.
The weak points are definitely a lack of a strong villain. Funnily, I think the second ban n Ana character that Johnny Knoxville plays would have made for a better central protagonist. Certainly, he had the most memorable role on the villains side.
And the ending I felt was very weak. The movie just sort of ended. The climax and the ending overall just didn't get much of a rise out of me. It felt a bit like an afterthought.
But overall, it's a film worth watching, and I can say now that even though it isn't perfect, and it has its rough spots, the constant pace that the movie sets really makes the movie for me.