Men In Black: International Review
by Crystal Yakel-Kuntz
Men In Black: International is a genuinely fun expansion and evolution of the MIB Universe, with the original spirit in tact. Molly, soon to become, Agent M (Tessa Thompson) is fearless in her pursuit of the truth of the Universe, unlike her predecessor, a young Agent J who questioned its existence in the beginning. Never skeptical, always certain of alien lifeforms and the existence of the MIB, Agent M quickly becomes a probationary member of the MIB – an agent in training.
Coming off the heels of a very successful mission against an infectious alien life force in London, Agent M leaves the United States sector of MIB to join those successful in that mission to become a fully trained agent. There she meets Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and High T (Liam Neeson), the London version of the Agent K and Agent J duo of the Universe’s origin. It is time for Agent M to dive deeply into the history, philosophy, and weaponry of MIB.
With her knowledge, wit, and penchant for fibbing to gain experience where she hasn’t already gained an obscene amount of knowledge, Agent M partners with Agent H. Their partnership will lead them on a journey of discovering the truths of the Universe. Many adventures abound to create this journey with all new alien allies, enemies, and sidekicks, including the sarcastically witted Pawny (Kumail Nanjiani). Alien ex girlfriends, long lost refugee friends, and galaxies of powerful aliens all converge to tell an international tale of the Men In Black.
Running with the legacy of the original trilogy, International, although formulaic in much of its plot development, creates new characters with true to character motivations that bring life to the formula. And besides, who can resist a Danny Elfman score with a 90s spirit?
Men In Black: International is now playing in theaters!