Thursday, September 26, 2019

Men in Black: International

Other than its existence, the most shocking thing about Men in Black: International is that it isn't a complete dumpster fire and does deliver some enjoyable moments over its uneven 114-minute running time (although, in the end, the entire enterprise is largely forgettable). The movie franchise dormant for seven years is reawoken by bringing in Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as the primary agents. Thompson is cast as the young woman smart enough to uncover the existence of MIB while Hemsworth is the weary agent who has been skating on his reputation for years.

The plot is more complicated than it needs to be as Agent M (Tessa Thompson) is sent to London by Agent O (Emma Thompson) who suspects something foul may be happening on the other side of the pond. M soon hooks up with Agent H (Hemsworth) only to bungle their assignment and end up on the run with a valuable piece of alien technology that a race known as the Hive are desperate to get there hands on.

The supporting cast includes other recognizable names, including the obvious alien agent working for the Hive (and equally obvious red herring), the notable CGI aliens (including the cute Pawny voiced by Kumail Nanjiani), and an assortment of gadgets and weapons our heroes will use over the course of the film. For a movie without a reason to exist (was their any clamor for this franchise to start-up again?), Men in Black: International is better than I expected (but then again, I didn't expect much at all).

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K, extras include a gag reel, deleted scenes, and a number of short featurettes on stunts, effects, weapons, aliens, and more.

[Sony Pictures Home Entertainment]

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