Men in Black 3 (2012)

Men in Black 3

Men in Black 3

Release Date: May 25, 2012

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin

Runtime: 106 min

Tagline: This summer, he’ll have to find the answers… in time.

Men in Black, talk about a series that has given us numerous aesthetically unpleasing creatures.

After Boris the Animal, the last of the extinct Boglodite species, escapes from a high-security prison on the moon, he causes much distress for Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and Agent J (Will Smith). He goes back in time to eliminate the person who arrested him, and took his arm – Agent K. When Agent J learns of this, he goes back in time to stop Boris from killing K, in order to restore the timeline and history itself.

Within a few minutes, J starts to gain the trust of the Young K (Josh Brolin). They set out to track down Boris, the wickedly ugly alien who started this whole quagmire in the first place. They follow a series of clues, that eventually leads them to a Griffin, an innocent-looking creature that can see many different timelines that aren’t visible to the human eye. J learns that he is not only hiding some things from K, but that K is also hiding a few things from him. With this whole experience, they must learn to communicate and enhance their trust even more.

Oh, what a privilege this film is. For those lovers of the classic original, they will fully appreciate this, because we all get to see Agent J and Agent K’s relationship build all over again! It’s obvious that the younger K has no clue of any part of J’s life, because J is his future partner. Though, for J, it’s a whole different story. J may have gotten to be with K as a partner for fourteen years, but K never really opens up to him. He’s given a chance to try to get to know him, when he was at least fun. Boy, oh boy, is Josh Brolin’s imitation of Tommy Lee Jones ever fun! He hit that impersonation spot-on. He might as well be one of those comedians that could impersonate just about anyone.

In terms of memorable sequences and a memorable story, this is a little better than the original. Also, this certainly obliterates the Men in Black 2. It’s so fine, that most fans will just totally dismiss the first sequel as a fart in the wind (or, they’ll just dismiss it as if Will Smith just used his neuralizer on them). This is a great instalment to the series. It gives those sci-fi alien fans of the 1997 classic a trip to nostalgia-land, while it gives an awesome taste of alien comedy and action to the new generation. Oh yeah, and they just had to put in 3D. Damn money grabbers. Regardless, this is a series that has delivered us* both comedy and a superb load of action.

* no, not from evil – well, I guess from evil aliens! 

For anyone who has not seen the original or its sequel, never fear – you’ll be able to follow this with ease. This is a stand-alone sequel. Though, it might be a smart idea to watch the other two. The emotional scenes in this feature won’t be nearly as effective for those newcomers to this magnificent series (with the exclusion of the second, but no one needs to remember you, you little wayward ass). Sure, you may get a little emotional, but there is no way you’ll be as sad as a series veteran. You are only beginning to know Agent J and Agent K. And the majority of the film, one’s the future guy and the other is the past man. But those who have seen every film in the series, they have taken a three-film journey with these characters – and they are much more emotionally invested with them than you are.

Josh Brolin impersonates Lee Jones so well, if you weren’t looking at the screen, you might get into a heated battle with someone saying “That is so Tommy Lee Jones speaking!” vs “That is Josh Brolin!” Also, the chemistry between Brolin and Smith is so fine, you may just swear they’ve been doing the films together all along.

Men in Black 3 owns a good story and some awesome action sequences. It also owns an overly comical villain, but that is probably his purpose. Someone could easily get emotionally invested into the characters of J and K, to a point where they feel like real people. Well, if one can accept the unreal premise of them being professional alien “police”. It’s an entertaining sequel that, essentially, offers a good time and a nice nostalgic trip. It’s nothing bigger than that, but it certainly isn’t anything less.

80/100

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Lincoln (2012)

Lincoln

Release Date: November 16, 2012

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn

Runtime: 149 min

Lincoln is a film that is much easier to respect or admire, than it is to enjoy and be thoroughly entertained. While it does have sparks of humour here and there, it goes more for fascination than anything else. Speaking of the humour, it is quite impressive that the writers threw that in because of the serious subject matter. Lincoln follows Abraham Lincoln’s endeavours, during the American Civil War, to pass a constitutional Amendment to free the slaves. The performance by the great Daniel Day-Lewis adds layers to Lincoln. His reserved and kind voice makes him seem quite real – and he is. The relationships he has with everyone are all very kind, and he even treats his enemies with respect. He’s the sort of guy one would want as a neighbour, or maybe even the president of the United States of America. Oh wait, he was.

The cast is great (especially Day-Lewis, Fields, Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the cinematography is great, just about everything that is done here is impressive. Steven Spielberg feels like a director, at this time that is not interested in directing blockbusters like Jaws or Jurassic Park, but ambitious biographies like this. With past works like War Horse, Schindler’s List, or Munich, it is evident that he [Spielberg] possesses a flaring interest for history. Though, those audience members who don’t share at least a small interest for history, may not like this all that much. It is impressive, but at times it is difficult to grasp the events that are unfolding. In that way, it’s a film better watched in a home setting – so one could pause the film after most scenes, and absorb and make sure they can comprehend the information that was just told to them. Monologue after intelligent monologue just gets packed on, and sometimes they can be hard to follow. There’s a bunch of movie buffs out there, but there may not be as many history buffs. That’s why this is quite the impressive achievement that shall be an Oscar front-runner, but it simply may not be the right choice for a casual moviegoer. Make sure your mind is fresh before you see it, and be open to having two and a half hours of information intricately thrown your way.

80/100

New film poster for the movie ‘Lincoln’.

 

I like the look of this poster. Simple, but effective. The ‘A STEVEN SPIELBERG Film’ (which is barely eligible here), and the credit for Daniel Day-Lewis should bring in quite the crowd.

I’ve read about the film before, but was just reminded of it now. It’s a film that I’ll wait to get when it gets released as home media, but it does seem like an interesting flick.

It’s about how Abraham Lincoln (evidently), the sixteenth President of the United States, guided the North to victory during the Civil War. It gets released on November 16, 2012. It seems like a really interesting biopic, and Day-Lewis seems like he’d be great in this role.

The film also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jackie Earle Haley (who played Freddy Krueger in that awful Nightmare remake), David Strathairn, Sally Field and James Spader, to name a few. Pretty stellar cast I’d say.

I’m also quite excited to see what Spielberg will bring to the project; he’s such a great director.