By Dave B.
In Men In Black: International (2019, currently on Starz), the venerable franchise introduces us to some new characters. Molly (Tessa Thompson) has been searching for the MIB her entire life after a childhood encounter with them and an extraterrestrial. Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) was once one of the best agents in MIB, but has since lost his way. Together, they must prevent an invasion by an enemy that doesn’t just conquer planets, but also infiltrates the bodies of those planet’s inhabitants.
Let’s start with the good: Thompson and Hemsworth are both pretty likeable onscreen and they have decent chemistry together in MIB: International. And truthfully, there’s nothing major about this movie that I actively dislike: It’s a so-so (but predictable) story that almost makes sense, with relatively decent action, and adequate pacing. If there had never been any previous MIB movies, this entry may have been a marginally okay start to the franchise.
Unfortunately, there are several other movies in this franchise and MIB: International doesn’t feel any different than its predecessors. So, despite not being actively bad, it’s often boring due to its lack of originality. Its biggest selling point (that it’s a reboot of a popular franchise) is also its greatest flaw. A reboot needs more than just new characters to be a success and new characters (and locales) are all that MIB: International has to offer.
If you’re a HUGE fan of all of the Men In Black movies, then you should go ahead and watch MIB: International, because it’s pretty much identical to what it is that you already like. If you’re more casually interested in the Men In Black series, then watching this movie may be a waste of your time, because it’s highly unlikely that you’ll remember anything distinct about it.
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