Re-Watch: Men in Black (1997)Sunday, 3. June 2012
James (Will Smith) is a young and very talented police officer who catches the eye of the Men in Black – a secret government organization charged with dealing with alien life on earth – when he almost arrests an alien. One of the Men in Black, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) recruits James, now Agent J. And in just in time, too, so that the two of them can prevent the end of the world.
I don’t even know how many times I have seen this film. I watched it pretty regularly as a kid and then a little more irregularly as an adult. So of course there’s a whole lot of nostalgia and fond memories that I connect with this film. But even without that, it’s just an entertaining, creative and above all fun movie.
What Men in Black exudes most is this utter sense of play. It feels like everybody involved in this film just had fun – from the script writer to the people who designed the aliens to the actors. And this gets transferred to the audience.
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones have good chemistry together and the way J’s incessant talking just bounces of K keeps both of them from getting annoying. Plus, there’s just some really funny dialogue.
It’s been a while since I last saw the film. And I was actually quite surprised by Laurel (Linda Fiorentino). I didn’t remember her being so feminist. I enjoyed that a whole lot. I mean, the film is not an amazing feminist manifesto, but at least it tries.
The plot is predictable, but you’re carried along from moment to moment and you enjoy yourself all the time.
Summarising: Honest to goodness fun.