"Men in Black 3": Bummer of '69

Men in Black 3 reunites the series stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones with director Barry Sonnenfeld, who, beginning with 1991's The Addams Family, has made his fortune on special-effects comedies that could be synopsized and cross-promoted on the side of a 44-ounce fountain drink. Checking in on Men in Black 10 years later, the ticket price has changed, but not the product. Agent J (Smith) and Agent K (Jones) have retained their affable younger black guy/tight-assed older white guy repartee. While J is nagging the emotionally constipated K to be more forthcoming, Boris "The Animal" (Jemaine Clement), an intergalactic hellion that K collared and crippled in 1969, is busy busting out of lunar prison. Boris is seeking not only revenge on K, but also a complete do-over of the past 40 years, during which his entire belligerent race was driven to extinction. Boris plans to effect this massive mulligan by traveling back in time to assassinate a young K. To prevent this, J has to preventatively travel to '69 himself, where he partners with a young K (Josh Brolin, doing a fair TLJ impersonation) and hustles against time to hunt down Boris. The resulting film says practically nothing about the world of 1969, but a great deal about our present-day blockbuster morass.

 
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