For movie goers used to the twists and turns of a science-fiction movie, Men in Black III could simply be a walk in the park. For those who have already watched the first and second parts of the series, this sequel might be an amusing and interesting turn to the story. For everyone else, Men in Black III might be a science-fiction movie with certain turns of events, some special effects, some gymnastics for the imagination and a walk down memory lane.
Earth people and aliens living together and men in black suits, wearing black glasses while guarding the gates of the universe, using cool weapons and memory erasing devices are part of the usual Men in Black kit, since the first movie of the series was launched in 1997. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith continue to be the charming, sometimes amusing agents J and K, who deal with all sorts of alien creatures, but, as often happens in marriages, when things get a bit boring, new characters are needed in the story.
This time, the film creators have agent J traveling back in time, to save a young agent K, at a crucial moment in the history of man's quest into space, while a new main villain- Boris- joins the plot. It's all very reminiscent of the Back to the Future films, right down to choosing 50-60s America as a destination. Then there's the cool alien who can live in different possible universe and futures and who knows what might happen next and how events influence the future, which makes for a slightly philosophical addition to the movie.
The story itself has enough suspense and unexpected turns of events to keep everyone in the audience connected. The main characters show enough emotion to gain the sympathy of the audience and the plot brings them to moments of their life which reveal their human side. Both agents K and J find new depths in their characters in this third part of the series, without making it the best part though. Throwing in the special effects, the 3D technology, some fight scenes and some interplanetary images and interesting filming angles at the beginning complete the mix.
Some other big names have joined in: Emma Thompson, who does not appear in many scenes, but who runs the agency, and Josh Brolin, who gets more screen time as young agent K than Tommy Lee Jones, the agent K of the 'present'. Singer Nicole Scherzinger has a very short, yet attractive appearance in the beginning of the movie as the girlfriend of villain Boris the Animal, played by Jemaine Clement.
Nothing in this movie is new or breathtaking, but the combination of elements makes it entertaining for audiences seeking a little escapism. The main song on the soundtrack is not new either, but rather a reinterpretation of an older song, which somehow reflects the journey back in time the movie centers on. Singer Pitbull performs the song Back in Time, based on the 50s song Love is strange, by Mickey and Sylvia - you can listen to the song below, where the movie trailer is also posted.
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The movie opens on Romanian cinema screens on May 25. In Bucharest, it can also be watched in IMAX 3D at the Cinema City Cotroceni and Samsung IMAX at Afi Palace Cotroceni.