“I am getting too old for this. I can only imagine how YOU feel.”
Yep, the Men In Black are back, back to save the world from the alien scum who would seek to dominate us and turn humans into their slaves.
But they’re not getting any younger. Oh, wait, actually one of them – Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) is, as here we get two for the price of one. The other K – a 1969 vintage version – is played by Josh Brolin in a cracking turn where he really channels the voice and characteristics of TLJ.
The plot sees a ruthless alien criminal named Boris The Animal (Jemaine Clement) escaping from a maximum-security jail on the moon and jumping back in time to kill Agent K.
This alters the timeline of history, as any sci fi fan knows, changing the Agency and placing the planet in danger.
Only Agent J (Will Smith) can save us and so he must travel back in time to 1969 to before the murder and work with the young Agent K to save him.
It’s hard to believe that it has been almost four years since Will Smith graced the screen – he’s back on good from here, as charming and witty as ever.
His rapport with both Agent Ks is great and carries the fairly obvious plot.
Director Barry ‘Wild Wild West’ Sonnenfeld gets his mojo back after the forgettable Men In Black 2 and delivers a good time with the third instalment in the series.
The alien special effects are suitably incredible and pretty revolting in places/
There are some good jump moments, too – my youngest son James actually leapt off his seat at one point.
As it’s a Sony film there are several irksome product placements such as Agent J obviously playing his PS3 and a kid enjoying the new Sony Move game Sorcery, but there is enough good stuff crammed into the running time to make this a fun film to catch on the big screen.
There are some great in-jokes such as Andy Warhol turning out to be an undercover MIB agent and some meaningful moments like a peek into just why the Agent K/Agent J relationship is so strong.
Men In Black 3 puts the franchise back on track after the lacklustre second chapter, and it actually it feels like a good way to end the series.
But let’s face it, if they make enough cash there will likely be another story coming our way unless they use one of those nifty neutralisers on the entire production team.