The charm of Chris Hemsworth turns out to be the only bait.
By Chetan Mehrishi
(Sighs) It seems like Hollywood has not heeded the plea I made in my previous Godzilla review and miserable sequals continue to churn out unabated. MIB International is yet another installment nobody asked for. The jokes were unfunny, the premise was unmemorable and the film was totally unnecessary. Here’s our review for this week’s release Men In Black International.
What’s The Story Morning Glory
Honestly? Nothing. The film at its near two hour stretch brings nothing new to the table and presents a shabby version of the premise of the first film minus the wit and charm. That’s it. I have nothing more to say as far as the story goes.
On the Upside
The only thing that worked in the film is the performances of the leads and their chemistry. Chris Hemsworth is as sexy as he can be where Tessa Thompson complements Her opposite gracefully. Avenger fans can delve into some nostalgia by seeing the Thor: Ragnarok pair together again. I won’t even consider the special effects as a merit as in today’s times of technical advancements in filmmaking that is a given.
On the Downside
Where should I begin? See, the absolute idea behind a sequal, or a reboot for that matter, is to present something fresh to the audience. If we need to see the same old premise over and over we might as well re-watch the original. And that’s why the original 1997 MIB has a special place in our hearts. The humour was crass and kiddish, but the story and the subtext of the refugee crisis all over the world was relevant. And that’s exactly what’s missing in this new installment.
Hemsworth is handsome but he’s no Will Smith who has the calibre to make a crass joke funny. The “humourous” moments fall flat and are yawn worthy. Barry Sonnenfeld (Director of the original MIB) was old school in his approach. But it worked. F. Gary Gray who has given us gems like Straight Outta Compton seems to be out of his element in this film.
All in All
If only for once, Hollywood producers would just stop and think they would come up with innovative ideas to make a movie on. They must realise that star power is a thing of the past and a film cannot work without a good script. I’ll go with 1.5 out of 5 stars for this film. Tommy Lee Jones’s deadpan expressions were more entertaining than this!