This new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy has hit the web and it, as one might have expected or hoped, is cool. Cool in entirety. Cool incarnate. Every single thing about it is cool. Want proof? Watch it. Want further proof, you maniac? Check out our rundown of every single thing that happens in the trailer and linked assessment of whether each element is, in fact, cool.
Establishing shot of a gloomy, destitute temple: That is cool.
Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) disappearing electronic mask-helmet: That is cool.
Peter Quill's jet-powered boots flying him out of danger through a hole in the wall: That is cool.
Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky": That is cool.
A giant spaceship: That is cool.
A Mos Eisley-like hub for alien menaces: That is cool.
Hovering robots staring down a shirtless Peter Quill: That is cool.
Peter Quill juggling what is likely some kind of spherical robotic entity or explosive devise: That is cool.
Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel), doing their thing (thang?): That is cool (kewl?).
Gamora (Zoe Saldana) slicing and dicing: That is cool.
Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) head-butting somebody: That is cool.
The personification of evil taking form in a dark, stoically seated figure: That is cool.
An ominous hand crushing an orb of power: That is cool.
Peter Quill's rallying underdog speech: That is cool.
"This August" title card: That is cool.
Aerial shot of a futuristic military base: That is cool.
Everybody walking around on a stone circle reminiscent of something out of Legend of Zelda: That is cool.
Glenn Close's haircut: That is cool.
The expositional establishment of the stakes in this movie: That is cool.
Explosive debris raining down from a gigantic ship: That is cool.
A door shaped like a circle: That is cool.
Bradley Cooper's Will Arnett impression: That is cool.
Rocket Raccoon and Groot losing their s**t: That is cool.
Gamora losing her s**t: That is cool.
A shot of the gang in prison jump suits: That is cool.
Peter Serafinowicz cowering: That is cool.
Peter Quill losing his s**t: That is cool.
A giant skull: That is cool.
Peter Quill's awed gasp syncing up with the rhythm of "Spirit in the Sky": That is cool.
Body slam!: That is cool.
Explosion: That is cool.
Drax the Destroyer's knife-wielding shot: That is cool.
A haze of fire droplets that resemble Navi from Legend of Zelda: That is cool.
Ships zooming through an electric field: That is cool.
Peter Quill's speech continues: That is cool.
Groot giving a little girl a flower: That is cool.
Peter Quill and Gamora watching each other undress: That is cool as long as they're both okay with it.
Rocket Raccoon's quip about his species' lifespan: That is cool.
Drax the Destroyer losing his s**t: That is cool.
Gamora screaming into the face of a creature that resembles a Na'vi... not from Legend of Zelda, from Avatar, in which Saldana actually played a Na'vi, which is maybe why I'm making such a gratuitous jump to that connotation when, really, the creature doesn't look all that much like a Na'vi: That is cool.
Robot laser: That is cool.
Various explosions, shots of anthropomorphic neighborhood pests yelling: That is cool.
Strangling: That is cool.
Benicio Del Toro doing that thing that Ross and Monica did to discretely flip off their parents: That is cool.
Gamora and Peter Quill near-kissing while she wears his headphones: That is cool.
Drax the Destroyer conducting an orchestra of mayhem: That is cool.
Groot: That is cool.
A windstorm of peril: That is cool.
Zoe Saldana's hand: That is cool.
The hulking device into which Peter Quill's audio cassette tape is hooked: That is cool.
"Hooked on a Feeling" by Blue Swede: That is cool, but I was enjoying "Spirit in the Sky."
Peter Quill's solo march: That is cool.
Gamora's semi-solo march: That is cool.
Drax the Destroyer cocking his head a little, as if to insinuate himself a bit more subtly than did his peers, which is ironic since he is perhaps the least subtle in physical form and personal nature of the gang: That is cool.
Groot's nifty shoulder trick: That is cool.
Groot saying, "I am Groot": That is cool. I really like Groot.
Rocket Raccoon showcasing his self-esteem in a maxim of circular logic: That is cool.
Rocket Raccoon adjusting his crotch: That is cool, I guess.
The gang's prideful march: That is cool.
John C. Reilly introducing the name of the movie: That is cool.
John C. Reilly lamenting his lot in life, and the fate of the universe altogether: That is cool.
More prideful marching: That is cool.
Rocket Raccoon yelling: That is cool.
This movie looks cool.
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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.