Sony Pictures’ Men in Black franchise has finally returned to form with the release of the third movie in its franchise. Whereas the franchise’s second movie dropped flat with audiences, this second sequel has brought the movie’s fun and action back. Given, the whole time travel/alternate timeline bit has been done far too many times in both movies and television. And there are far too many sequels, prequels, and remakes out there today. But this is one of those rare sequels that can be forgiven. It has brought the MIB franchise back to where it should be.
MIB 3’s bonus “Making of” featurette does a good job of explaining what exactly it is that made this movie at least somewhat successful. Director Barry Sonnenfeld explains that the movie isn’t so much about the time travel, but about the secrets of the relationship between Agents “Jay” and “Kay.” Having an understanding of this helps to be more accepting of the time travel/alternate timeline bit that is otherwise far too overdone in the science fiction genre. Audiences will find the relationship especially heartwarming in the story’s final moments in understanding this, too. It’s those final moments that really bring the entire trilogy full circle and hopefully will mark the end of this movie property.
The story of the relationship between “Jay” and “Kay” makes up for the otherwise dull and done to death time travel plot. It’s only part of what makes this movie bearable. This movie gets everything right that the second movie in the trilogy got wrong. Whereas the second of the MIB movies was simply not believable and focused far too much on melodrama, MIB 3 brings back all the aliens, gadgets, and action that made the first of the MIB franchise so fun. Also, since it does everything that MIB did, it is also much easier to suspend disbelief. That is the center of everything. The gadgets, aliens, special effects and action were fun. But it’s that believable storyline between “Jay” and “Kay” that makes MIB 3 what it is. Instead of a standard romance subplot, this story evolves the partnership/relationship between “Jay” and “Kay” and this makes them as characters more believable. By the story’s end, audiences who allow themselves to believe the relationship between “Jay” and “Kay” will see that while it may not be the most memorable of movies, it is still one that’s fun and funny for everyone.
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