A decade-long gap between sequels could leave a franchise stale but in the case of Men in Black 3 it's the launch pad for an unexpectedly great blockbuster. The kooky antics of Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) don't stray far from their 1997 and 2002 adventures but without a bombardment of follow-ups to keep the series in mind the wonderfully weird sensibilities of Men in Black feel fresh Smith's natural charisma once again on full display. Barry Sonnenfeld returns for the threequel another space alien romp with a time travel twist — which turns out to be Pandora's Box for the director's deranged imagination.
As time passed in the real world so did it for the timeline in the world of Men in Black. Picking up ten years after MIB 2 J and K are continuing to protect the Earth from alien threats and enforce the law on those who live incognito. While dealing with their own personal issues — K is at his all-time crabbiest for seemingly no reason — the suited duo encounter an old enemy Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) a prickly assassin seeking revenge on K who blew his arm off back in the '60s. Their street fight is more of a warning; Boris' real plan is to head back in time to save his arm and kill off K. He's successful prompting J to take his own leap through the time-space continuum — and team up with a younger K (Josh Brolin) to put an end to Boris plans for world domination.
Men in Black 3 is the Will Smith show. Splitting his time between the brick personalities of Jones and Brolin's K Smith struts his stuff with all the fast-talking comedic style that made him a star in yesteryears. In present day he's still the laid back normal guy in a world of oddities — J raises an eyebrow as new head honcho O (Emma Thompson) delivers a eulogy in a screeching alien tongue but coming up with real world explanations for flying saucer crashes comes a little easier. But back in 1969 he's an even bigger fish out water. Surprisingly director Barry Sonnenfeld and writer Etan Cohen dabble in the inherent issues that would spring up if a black gentlemen decked out in a slick suit paraded around New York in the late '60s. A star of Smith's caliber may stray away from that type of racy humor but the hook of Men in Black 3 is the actor's readiness for anything. He turns J's jokey anachronisms into genuine laughs and doesn't mind letting the special effect artists stretch him into an unrecognizable Twizzler for the movie's epic time jump sequence.
Unlike other summer blockbusters Men in Black 3 is light on the action Sonnenfeld utilizing his effects budget and dazzling creature work (by the legendary Rick Baker) to push the comedy forward. J's fight with an oversized extraterrestrial fish won't keep you on the edge of your seat but his slapstick escape and the marine animal's eventual demise are genuinely amusing. Sonnenfeld carries over the twisted sensibilities he displayed in small screen work like Pushing Daisies favoring bizarre banter and elaborating on the kookiness of the alien underworld than battle scenes. MIB3's chase scene is passable but the movie in its prime when Smith is sparring with Brolin and newcomer Michael Stuhlbarg who steals the show as a being capable of seeing the future. His twitchy character keeps Smith and the audience on their toes.
Men in Black 3 digs up nostalgia I wasn't aware I had. Smith's the golden boy of summer and even with modern ingenuity keeping it fresh — Sonnenfeld uses the mandatory 3D to full and fun effect — there's an element to the film that feels plucked from another era. The movie is economical and slight with plenty of lapses in logic that will provoke head scratching on the walk out of the theater but it's also perfectly executed. After ten years of cinematic neutralizing the folks behind Men in Black haven't forgotten what made the first movie work so well. After al these years Smith continues to make the goofy plot wild spectacle and crazed alien antics look good.
Yes, as the entire world has heard, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are on the road to say "I do." (Despite how that might make some feel.) And, yes, the entire world is now wondering what the duo's dream wedding will look like. Unfortunately for us superfans, it's likely the press-shy couple will be hush-hush about the affair. That doesn't mean we can't create the dream Brangelina wedding of our dreams. What will their wedding look like? Here's how we'll picture it.
Angelina's Wedding Gown
This is an epic moment in Bridal Fashion — wedding dress designers likely haven't been this excited since Kate Middleton's Royal moment. But while most brides usually opt for the classic white or off-white gown with lace and silk, designers better be keeping Angie's fashion sense in mind. If you open any of of the actress' many, many, many closets, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything brighter than black. (Unless blood counts?) So, for her most special occasion, we imagine she'll opt for a simple black frock with a high leg slit (like the one she wore to the Oscars this year)... just in case she needs room to throw a kick if Jennifer Aniston decides to pull a Rachel in "The One With Ross' Wedding." (Just so long as Pitt doesn't pull a Ross in "The One With Ross' Wedding.") Christian Louboutin should throw in a pair of his infamous spike heels so that Angie's prepared with a semi-secret weapon. That's an accessory Mrs. Smith would be proud of.
Three Ring Bearers and Three Flower Girls
This is an easy one for Brangelina: Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, and 5 and 3-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne will no doubt appear in the wedding party. Maddox, Pax, and Knox could team up and walk the ring down the aisle. Zahara and Viv can throw the flowers — but little Shiloh may decide to wear a tux and join her brothers. Either way, at least Brangelina don't have to ask Tom Cruise if little Suri could be the flower girl. She would probably think the aisle was a runway set up just for her to show off her newest pair of red heels.
Billy Bob Thornton gives Angie away
Thornton may be Jolie's ex-husband, but the two have remained shockingly close. (Blood vials are the new friendship bracelets, guys.) And since the actor is 20 years her senior, Thornton's role would be age-appropriate. Heck, why don't we make this a tabloids' dream and invite Jonny Lee Miller — Angie's first ex-hubby — to walk her down the aisle with Thornton?
Brad's Best Man
Pitt's buddies Johnny Depp and George Clooney will have to fight for this title — and if it comes down to a battle, practical prankster Clooney is guaranteed to win. (Oh, please, let it come down to a prank battle!) Depp can always sing at the reception with his new duet partner Marilyn Manson.
A destination wedding
This detail won't be simple — the couple owns houses all around the world. Which to choose? But we'll picture Jolie selecting one of her favorite countries, Cambodia, as the destination. Maybe to celebrate the union, they could adopt baby No. 7?
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