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Worth seeing for Brolin and Stuhlbarg alone.,
The humor in Men in Black 3 feels really forced early on. Maybe it's outdated or maybe this concept has run its course, but everything fell flat with the entire theater in the first thirty minutes or so. The special effects looked off at times, too. They progressively got better, but looked kind of sketchy during the prison break sequence. If the budget for a film is $215 million, a green screen effect shouldn't be so noticeable or knock you out of the adventure because of its lackluster quality.
Everything starts looking up once J takes the time jump, which is odd since it involves his character going down. Suddenly, the supporting cast becomes extremely memorable (Will Arnett as J's new partner, Emma Thompson as Agent O, Bill Hader as Andy Warhol) and the writing gets much tighter. What helps quite a bit is Josh Brolin's incredible Tommy Lee Jones impression. It's subtle yet spot-on. The drawl is there, the facial expressions (or lack thereof), and pronunciations. You can tell that Brolin put a lot of time perfecting his craft.
The second half of the movie is the half they were writing on the spot. These were the lines that were being written moments before the actors said them on camera. The odd thing is this is the stronger half of the movie. Michael Stuhlbarg's Griffin character is one of the shining moments of the film. Griffin is able to see every future that could possibly happen (along with the past), but is never quite sure which future is actually going to occur until moments before it happens. His personality along with his enthusiasm has him steal the show at every turn.
Rick Baker is the other highlight. He created so many aliens and creatures for this movie. Once the sequel gets going, it's visually very appealing and Rick Baker is one of the essential reasons for that. These aliens are just a wide variety of bizarre, vibrant, and hideously fascinating. Baker more than outdid himself.
Despite a rough and rocky start, "Men In Black 3" is still decent. It's mostly due to the likes of Josh Brolin and Michael Stuhlbarg's fantastic performances along with Rick Baker's exceptionally creative creature designs, but the ending packs an emotional punch. "Men in Black 3" feels like the type of sequel that isn't completely necessary and doesn't really offer anything new, but is still a nice addition for fans of a beloved franchise.
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Initial post: May 25, 2012, 7:16:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 25, 2012, 7:21:33 AM PDT
John E-Smith says:
Are you from the future? I'm trying to wrap my head around your May 24 review of a movie that will be released on May 25. I'm guessing you just copied and pasted a critics review just so you could be the first up here. This movie hasn't even started showing in theaters, and your giving the home release 3/5 stars, for what? Attention. Sad.
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