Sorry, Will Smith fans, this one belongs to Josh Brolin.
15 years after the memorable original and 10 years after its so-so sequel, the latest Men In Black reunites Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as Agents J and K who are on a secret mission to protect the world from those dastardly aliens that just can’t seem to leave us innocent earthlings alone (see The Avengers and Battleship for other aliens-are-bad-and-must-be-destroyed tropes of cinema).
The basic plot: an evil hench-alien named Boris the Animal is out to kill Agent K (Jones). Agent J (Smith) devises a plan to go back into the past and make sure that this never happens because Agent K is too valuable – and is played by Tommy Lee Jones, for pete’s sake! But in the past, Agent K is played by Josh Brolin, who ends up stealing the movie with an utterly believable performance as the younger version of Tommy Lee Jones. You’ll be astonished at how similar his appearance and voice are made to match the elder Jones. You’ll further be astonished if there aren’t a slew of upcoming movies made after this one where Jones and Brolin are paired as father and son.
The fun of the movie is that it combines the alien genre with the concept of time travel, and unlike, say, Battleship, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It knows when to laugh at itself and when to up the ante. It also helps that the characters and storylines in the third part of the trilogy are far stronger and more interesting than they were in either of the sequels, something very few film franchises can lay claim to.
Oh, and after four years of lying low, it’s nice to see Will Smith back on the big screen doing what he does best: entertain!