Men in Black 3

What’s in the box.

The best of the three. Or did I say that to get you to click on this?
Reported on 7th of October, 2012

Another straightforward narrative that critics mistakenly, or intentionally, dismissed as entertaining,

Men in Black 3

7 October 2012 @ Odeon Brighton

$17.00 or, if one must be jejune, and one must... 
★ ★ ★ ★ ★


this is possibly the best of the three (the weakass ‘Dennis Rodman is an alien’ jokes of 1 do not hold up.  See for yourself).  Competing as it must with Mr. D’Onofrio’s  unnominated performance from 1, MiB 3 has the beautifully affectless multiple time stream inhabiter Griffin (Mr. Michael Stuhlbarg), and the appropriately noxious Mr. Jermaine Clement, believably arguing with his future and past selves.  Beautiful practical and digital effects which culminate (not temporally, since it happens at the beginning, but the use of the word ‘culminate’ is technically correct for a time travel film), that culminate in the best time jump sequence ever.  Considering how many times time travel has been shown (see interfilm tension), this is no tiny feat.  It deserves the award for Best Demonstration of the Way in Which Critics Are Too Embarrassed To Actually Like Something Good.  Award.

Maybe it was the lack of that pesky third D.

Maybe it was the lack of that pesky third D.

Should have mentioned, the what’s in the box refers to using what you’ve got, in this case time-travel gizmos, to resolve the story. This is in contrast to the typical bag of screenwriter’s tricks marked, ‘The bad guy, having done everything intelligently up to this point, forgets the one thing he was trying to do in the first place and dies.’ It’s a big bag, but everything in it is surprisingly similar. And yes, a bag is different than a box. It’s easier to carry for example.


A solid 7 out of 10 film, which should be a 10 out of 10 film since they’re so rare, but nevertheless
Destroying the Eiffel Tower, in the background, on TV
Being a film that would destroy the Eiffel Tower, in the background, on TV
A film that understands the usefulness of practical make-up effects
The film that begins where the trailer ends. I cannot emphasize how important this is in the actual movie-going experience, as opposed to the sitting on your ass and never having to see trailers and being able to pause, walk out, come back, fast-forward and not even be in the dark…experience
Basic, and oddly rare, understanding of clearly motivated characters and their attendant trajectories
Total Profits


Needed to start when Mr. Lee Jones disappeared. 15 expositional minutes @ $0.10 a minute.
Total Losses


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