Not only being weird having the belated sequel after 7 years, Men in Black: International also have one huge mistake of not including a mainstay that made the original three films work: Will Smith.
I hated this movie. The script was beyond terrible and completely lacked the “just another day” vibe the first MIB had, and is what originally made me fall in love with that world. It’s a shame too because what Men In Black: International has could be the start of a fun reboot. Instead, the movie is completely aimless, sacrificing anything unique or fun for a focus on hopping around the globe or nonsensical spectacle instead. At no point does it attempt to build any sort of character for either Hemsworth or Thompson, relying entirely on what the filmmakers clearly think is witty dialogue or good comedy.
Hemsworth and Thompson deserve more, and one has to wonder what partnering with their Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi might’ve produced, or any other director with come creative vision. None of this works and it’s just another blockbuster that will come and go, only remembered for being the failed attempt at a Men in Black film without Will Smith.
For a $110M-budget movie, this felt so low-scale and small.
The Men in Black have expanded to cover the globe, but so have the scum of the universe. And to keep us safe, decorated Agent H and determined rookie M are partnered – an unlikely pairing that just might work. As they face a new alien threat that can take the form of anyone, including MIB agents, they must join forces on a globetrotting adventure to save the agency and ultimately the world.
F. Gary Gray
screenplay by Matt Holloway, Art Marcum
based on characters by Lowell Cunningham
- Chris Hemsworth as Henry / Agent H
- Tessa Thompson as Molly / Agent M
- Kumail Nanjiani as the voice of Pawny
- Rebecca Ferguson as Riza
- Rafe Spall as Agent C
- Laurent and Larry Bourgeois as The Twins
- Emma Thompson as Agent O
- Liam Neeson as High T
- Tim Blaney as the voice of Frank the Pug
Rotten Tomatoes: 23%
After Credits Scene? No