Good day all, AW here. Last night I went and saw Men in Black III. This is the third installment in the franchise, (Hence the III), and it filled in a few blanks.
As usual, I went to Chunky’s and had dinner. It was not a full house last night. I suspect this was due to the reviews of the movie that have been flying around out there. In my opinion, those reviews were not really correct. I found the film to be entertaining and fun. I wasn’t’ looking for high art. From what I’ve been reading of the online reviews, the professional “Reviewers” hated the film. However, they hate everything so why listen to them?
One of the problems with MIB is the “Avengers issue.” Marvel’s The Avengers has blown the summer box office to pieces and every movie now being released is being compared to the Avengers. This isn’t fair of course. There’s already been one fatality. GI Joe has been pulled from the schedule and won’t be released until next year.
Now, to the movie. As usual, expect spoilers so if you haven’t seen it, and don’t want to know what happens, go away.
The movie takes place 10 years after MIB II, which isn’t surprising since that was when MIB II was released. And interstellar serial killers has escaped from the MIB Supermax on the moon and intends to go back in time to rewrite history. In the past, K blew the alien’s arm off and arrested him in 1969 at Cape Canaveral the day of the launch. Meanwhile, Zed, the leader of MIB has died. J&K attend his memorial and and we are introduced to the new head of MIB, an older but very attractive woman named O. It’s obvious that O and K had something once, but are now friends.
J and K raid a not so Chinese restaurant. K talks to the alien owner and figures out that the killer has escaped and is planning to come after him. J&K have a wild shootout and win. They return to MIB and and J starts digging into the alien and how K captured him. He finds his access blocked. He goes home and is playing a video game when K calls him. J&K are having some “issues” in their working relationship and J hangs up. K, meanwhile, prepares to face the Alien known as Boris the Animal. He is sitting in his chair with a big gun when he suddenly disappears. J has a reaction but doesn’t know what has happened. The next morning he goes to MIB and things are different. No one knows who K is other than O. J thinks people are playing a joke on him. (This is a weak plot point, but eehh)
He finally convinces O that something has happened and O figures out that time has changed. She send J to someone who has a time travel device and J uses it to return to 1969.
J starts tracking down Boris and finds him at a fair. Just as he’s about to blast him K, a much younger K, puts a gun to his head. Because of this, Boris gets away. J realizes that this is K and tries to hug him. K tasers him. J wakes up in MIB, and tries to convince K that he is from the future and has come back to stop future Boris and save the world.
There’s the usual back and forth and eventually J&K end up at Andy Warhol’s place. It turns out that Warhol is actually an MIB agent named “W.” While there, J&K find an alien, Griffin, who is able to see all possible futures. He has a device called the Arcnet that J knows K somehow gets into orbit. This will save the Earth in the future.
More running around and eventually, J&K end up at Cape Canaveral on the day of the moon launch. They head to one of the gates to the Cape so they can get on the Apollo 11 rocket and mount the Arcnet device on it. Of course they run right into the guards. K is about to neuralize the guards when Griffin says that they need to tell the truth. J does this and of course they get arrested. An army colonel arrives and starts questioning them. This time K tells him the truth. Of course, the Colonel orders J&K and Griffin to the stockade.
At this point, Griffin touches the Colonel and shows him a potential future. The Colonel orders the guards back to their posts and escorts the trio to the tunnel leading to the launch pad. Griffin says this is as far as he goes. J&K proceed to the rocket and encounter both 1969 Boris and future Boris. J&K each fight the Boris from their time lines. J throws his Boris off the tower. K blows the arm off his Boris and knocks him off the tower as well. K manages to attach the Arcnet to the Apollo escape tower1 and then runs to the zip line the Astronauts would use in an emergency. He slides down and meets the Colonel. J, who paused for a few moments to let K think he has gone back to his own time, then slides down. Just as he lands, Future Boris emerges from the launch site. At that moment the rockets ignite and Future Boris is incinerated.
J watches the Colonel and K talking when 1969 Boris emerges from the tunnel. The Colonel spots him and pushes K aside while trying to draw his sidearm. Unfortunately, Boris kills him. K Draws his weapon and rather than arrest him, K kills Boris.
At this point a small boy comes out of a car parked nearby looking for his father. This was the Colonel. K spots him and quickly moves to block the boy, named James, from seeing his father. James pulls out a watch to show K and J, who has been watching all this realizes he is looking at himself as a child and that the Colonel was his father. K, in order to prevent trauma to James, neuralyzes him and tells him that his father was a great hero.
J leaves at that point and returns to the future. He meets up with K at a diner and as they are talking, pulls his fathers watch from his pocket. K realizes that J now knows the truth. As they leave the diner, Griffin is shown saying that this is now his favorite point in Human history, unless K forgot to leave a tip, in which case the Earth is doomed. An asteroid is shown heading for Earth when K comes back into the diner and leaves the tip saying he had almost forgot. The asteroid hits a satellite and explodes, and the Earth is saved. End credits.
Now, as I said, I liked this movie, It was a lot better then Battleship and to be honest I would rank it close to The Avengers. I recommend seeing it if you can. A lot of people who have been critical of the film said that if they make an MIB IV, they would like to see it done in the 60’s and that Will Smith, (J), step aside. I could go for that, and I could also go for more J&K.
So, there you have it. My review of Men In Black III.
That is all.
~The Angry Webmaster~