The Men in Black franchise is running on fumes.
Sadly, the Men in Black franchise has out welcomed its stay and International is the most forgettable film of the series. The original 1997 MIB had charm and flare, but Men in Black II completely squandered that success. Yet in 2012, Men in Black III returned in style and managed to succeed expectations. Unfortunately, that success didn’t last long because International was a crash and burn for the franchise. Actor’s Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson showcase their strong chemistry as they did in Thor: Ragnarok, but the rest of the movie lets them down. The action was lackluster, the plot was forgettable, and the CGI was bloated beyond repair. Director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) fails to deliver and provides no escape route for this summer blockbuster disaster. Hemsworth and Thompson try to carry the film with the best of their abilities, but it’s too late. MIB has hit rock bottom and I can’t even say that this movie was a lazy cash grab since it bombed at the box office. International has only grossed $250 million worldwide since opening on June 14th. The reboot's domestic total is a measly $78 million, well below its $110 million production budget. In the end, one of those memory-erasing flashes (our actors use) would be nice right about now.
Men in Black International is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For sci-fi action, some language and suggestive material.
Directed by F. Gary Gray
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Emma Thompson, and Liam Neeson.
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