Men in Black: International is now in theaters, and while on paper it looks like a must-see summer blockbuster, but in reality it’s a curiously flat experience for the franchise. It’s an odd film in that it has all the ingredients to be great, and while you’re watching it you’re thinking that it isn’t that bad and will surely hit its stride, but for some odd reason it never does.
It’s devoid of movie magic if you will, not in a visual sense, it looks fantastic, but in the sense that it just feels hollow and unexciting.
You can check out my full review below in video or scripted forms.
“Hey now fans of the MIB, Matt Heywood here to review Men in Black: International, or what I like to call a film with high potential that ends up feeling like some cosmic force sucked it all out.
MIB: International is just one of those movies that has everything going for it, but for some mystical reason, it just doesn’t work out the way you would expect. The cast is fantastic and full of legit stars, and both Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are stellar. Their chemistry together is undeniable and naturally comedic, yet the plot never manages to reach the same levels of excellence that its cast and visual effects do.
And that’s what makes International’s lack of awesomeness even more perplexing, because the story it weaves does have potential to be great and features elements that suggest things are not as they seem, but even with this mystery and intrigue, you’re left wondering when the film is going to start feeling exciting.
I mean it doesn’t help that the big twist is telegraphed in the trailers, and you don’t need to be a genius to figure it out, but even with that knowledge in tow, this movie’s plot still could have been quite fun if it wasn’t missing the excitement factor.
It’s very hard to explain, but everything about the delivery of the story feels flat. Your brain will struggle with the fact that the movie should be good based on the cast and most of its story, but from start to finish it just feels off. The magic is missing, and I don’t know which aspect of the production is responsible.
I guess you have to put most of the blame on the Director. Maybe he wasn’t able to get the most out of his team, or just provided bad direction across the board, but MIB: International just felt like it was missing just one ingredient to make it awesome, but it is a key ingredient, so it ends up feeling very ho-hum.
It’s a shame too, because I quite enjoyed the tandem of Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, and I’d like to see them don their black suits again, but I fear there’s no chance of that after how their inaugural spin as MIB agents plays out.
MIB: International is a 6.5 out of 10 type of movie, but it could have been so much more than that. Something is missing from it, it’s not just hot garbage though, you will realize its potential early on, but it just never hits the stride you expect it to, so you will leave feeling empty, and as if an opportunity was missed. You can wait on this one unless you’re a die hard MIB-er.
Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for EntertainmentBuddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.”
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