Monday, 28 May 2012

Men in Black II Review








Men in Black II


Release Date: 3rd July 2002 - Australia


Production Companies
Amblin Entertainment
Columbia Pictures Corporation
MacDonald/Parkes Productions (in
association with)

Distribution
Sony Pictures Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi/Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 88 minutes


Budget: $140,000,000

Box Office Gross: $441,818,803
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
For Agent J, it is another
day at the office, monitoring,
licensing and policing all
alien activity on Earth. One
day, J receives a report of
an unauthorized landing of
an alien spacecraft near
New York. It is an old
enemy of MIB, a Kylothian
named Serleena. Who is
searching for a powerful
artifact called The Light
of Zartha. J investigates
and quickly realizes he is
going to need help.
Unfortunately, the other
MIB agents do not work
up to par like J can. So,
J decides to bring back
K. J must bring back K's
memory as an MIB agent
and try to stop Serleena,
before she can succeed.


Cast
Tommy Lee Jones - Kevin
Brown/Agent K
Will Smith - James Darrell
Edwards III/Agent J
Rip Torn - Chief Zed
Lara Flynn Boyle - Serleena
Johnny Knoxville - Scrad & Charlie
Rosario Dawson - Laura Vasquez
Tony Shalhoub - Jack Jeebs
Patrick Warburton - Agent T
Jack Kehler - Ben
David Cross - Newton
Michael Jackson - Agent M (Cameo)
Peter Graves - Himself
Tim Blaney - Frank the Pug (Voice)

Crew
Director - Barry Sonnenfeld
Based on Comic "The Men
in Black" - Lovell Cunningham
Story/Screenplay - Robert Gordon
Screenplay - Barry Fanaro
Executive Producer - Steven Spielberg
Producers - Laurie MacDonald
& Walter F. Parkes
Co-Producer - Graham Place
Production Designer - Bo Welch
Alien Make-up Effects - Rick Baker
Costume Designer - Mary E. Vogt
Director of Photography - Greg Gardiner
Visual Effects Supervisor -
John Andrew Berton Jr.
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor: SPI - Ken Ralston
Film Editors - Richard Pearson &
Steven Weisberg
Music - Danny Elfman


Review
MEN IN BLACK II has consistent humour, but the movie feels like it's recycled from the first one (click here). The story was a little far fetched and boring in some parts, lacking the formula that the first one has and the only things that could only save the movie were the expansion of characters like Frank the Pug and the Worm Guys and a cameo by Michael Jackson (MJ). 

If MEN IN BLACK II has an interesting plot which it brought back to basics and not got too carried away with visual effects, it could have been more acclaimed than its predecessor. Perhaps what makes this movie very disappointing is that it is being compared to the original MIB movie.

Star rating: (3/5) Average



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