Film Review: Men In Black: International

by Evan Brown

Rated M. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson. Directed by F. Gary Gray

Here come the Men and Women in Black!

Yes, the black suits have returned to once again defend the earth from the worst scum in the universe with Men in Black: International, and is firmly the next franchise to cash in on the millennial nostalgia train.

This time it comes with a younger cast, a better budget for graphics and more politically correct content. Straight off the bat from their work in Thor Ragnarok, Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth star as Agent M and Agent H of the MIB agency. Where Agent M is aspirational, courageous and measured, Agent H is cocksure, arrogant and impulsive. This mismatched duo must work out their differences and cooperate together in order to save the world from complete destruction from opposing alien forces.

I went into this film really expecting it to be another 2016 Ghostbusters train wreck. It had all the similar hallmarks: big name actors, lots of CGI, diversity and political correctness. These in themselves are not bad things, however when they come at the expense of a good plot and decent scriptwriting then it’s guaranteed to be a bad film.

Men in Black: International surprised me though. Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth’s chemistry was believable, the CGI wasn’t oversaturated and the film’s inclusiveness of genders and race was tastefully done. Add on top a plot with a simple yet effective formula – mismatched duo must overcome their differences and save the world, and you have a pretty good film. The pacing allows adequate time for deeper development in both Agent M and Agent H’s characters. I appreciated that Agent M was the lead on this one, she was relatable and was easy to show empathy for in her character story arc, and the film didn’t make a big deal of her gender or race.

There’s a key scene where our two Agent leads are having a moment discussing the concept of love. Agent M doesn’t believe in love as it is something that she can’t see. Agent H explains to her “at some point you have to abandon logic for passion.”

Agent H believes that there are some things that you can’t prove with science or books – a deep confession coming from a professional scientist/agent. I was immediately reminded of Proverbs 3:5 –

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”

Sometimes it feels like the Christian faith is abandoning logic for passion. This proverb encourages us to trust in the Lord regardless of what situation you are in. We may not fully understand everything that happens in life, but God asks us to trust him as he knows what he is doing.  

The Verdict: I wasn’t expecting much from the rebooted MIB, and I came out of the theatre pleasantly surprised. This millennial nostalgia train can have my money. 3.5/5

Men In Black: International is in cinemas this week.

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