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Men in Black: International

Men in Black: International (2019) Movie Poster
USA / USA  •    •  114m  •    •  Directed by: F. Gary Gray.  •  Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Emma Thompson, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Liam Neeson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Jess Radomska, Viktorija Faith, Andy Beckwith, Michel Alexandre Gonzalez, Ania Sowinski, Stephen Wight.  •  Music by: Chris Bacon, Danny Elfman.
       The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

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The truth is out there and in Men In Black: International, young Molly is determined to discover it. When a cute Disney princess style alien bounces into her bedroom one night, she watches her parents memories of the encounter being zapped by the Men In Black outside her window. But Molly's memory of the event is left intact as they think she's sleeping, and 20 years later she grows up to be the keen Tessa Thompson, always looking for extra terrestrials, and a way into the Men In Black action.

When she finally finds their office, hiding in plain sight, Molly is taken to Emma Thompson's Agent O. The Woman in Black in charge of the New York Men In Black office!, Agent O gives Molly the opening she has been looking for. And the new Woman In Black is appropriately suited and booted and fast tracked to London, (love the train), on probation as Agent M, where she meets the London big cheese; Liam Neeson's Agent High T. No first names. Liam always adds gravitas with that voice of his to the most cheesy of roles. And Molly bags a gig working with the London poster boy Chris Hemsworth: Agent H. For Hot maybe? He's just so dreamy, as the London office, and Molly, swoon.

But Agent H is resting on his laurels, (asleep at the wheel!), and forever tells the story of how he and High T saved the planet one night in Paris three years ago, at the top of the golden lit Eiffel Tower. Where the film started. In a blink and you'll miss it, (what just happened?), with nothing but their wits and series-70 atomizers, they took on The Hive aliens, and win. We may not have been the only one to miss it! But the event is commemorated around the London office in life size mythical paintings of T & H.

As the top London Agent, H is assigned to show a high ranking alien, I'm going to call him Fungus The Bogeyman, a good time in London. He's actually called Vungus the Ugly. Not so Kayvan Novak who voices him. With Molly along for the pimp my ride their night is cut short by a colourful pair of alien twins, played by Les Twins, not Thompson though! They don't stand out much in an alien night club, and in the frantic action Fungus passes Molly an important crystal jewel. (Actually the world's most dangerous and valuable weapon, it's powered by a star.) Fungus says he cannot trust H with it. He's changed.

And Agent H does seem very shallow and showy, what made him such a good agent seems to have gone to his head. Not surprising with the paintings of his noble deed everywhere. If he had long blonde hair you could imagine him tossing it now and again! Chris Hemsworth is so good in the role!

And yet back in the office, by the book Rafe Spall's Agent C is wildly jealous of H and his career, and cannot quite put his finger on why he has been so successful. Given he seems a dick! And he thinks High T always covers for H. And he does again after the Fungus the Bogeyman incident, but clever Molly thinks there might be a mole, as who knew they were taking Fungus out.

As our Men In Black title says, we go International to unravel the mystery, to Marrakesh where H&M meet a CGI chess character they name Pawny. Voiced by Kumail Nanjiani he gets some good lines and they make a great team. The kids will love him. And just off Naples Rebecca Ferguson is a many arms dealer, who just might be interested in the world's most dangerous and valuable weapon when it is stolen. But H had a relationship with her, of course he did, and it did not end well. Of course it didn't. And the alien twins are still hot footing it after the weapon.

The MiB action is fast and furious, with colourful special effects, and the better than Bond gadgets of fast cars, bikes and guns are head swivelling. Although the sets did feel like sets, which in a way was quite endearing given this is in no way meant to resemble reality! I did spot a Greggs takeaway though, just keeping it real on the London street. And when it came to a natural ending I thought okay, but something was missing, and then we had the second all will be revealed act.

The Eiffel Tower made a glamorous background and the wildly inventive story that Eiffel was the first to discover the wormhole through which the first aliens travelled was almost believable in a sci-fi sort of way. And as our heroes use the rickety old lift to the top it could have been a H G Wells story, with better special effects.

Don't come if you are expecting For Your Consideration Oscar fodder, but do go along for riotous seat of your pants action that doesn't take itself too seriously, and F Gary Gray's movie is a lot of fun.

No after credit scenes but Columbia wearing the dark sunglasses is cool.


Review by helenbassett from the Internet Movie Database.