Mad about Movies: 'Men in Black 3'

Mad about Movies: 'Men in Black 3'

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by Shawn Levy

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Posted on May 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Updated Sunday, May 27 at 4:42 PM

You know what you've never heard anyone say? "Hey, I wish they'd make another 'Men in Black' movie."

The 1997 original was a hoot. But the 2002 follow-up was truly dreadful, leaving the franchise dormant for a decade. Word that a new MIB was in the pipeline, and that it had a time-travel plot -- always a sign of desperation -- didn't exactly promise glory.

Well, "Men in Black 3" is here, and while not exactly glorious it is surprisingly good fun.

Stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are reunited with director Barry Sonnenfeld in another tale of mysterious agents who monitor alien creatures here on Earth. This time, Smith's Agent J must travel back to 1969 to save the life of Jones' Agent K, which, ironically, is the best reason to see the film.

The young K, you see, is played by Josh Brolin in a dry, spry, funny and sharp performance that steals every scene. The film actually builds in depth and even emotion as it moves forward, but its Brolin's witty reverse-engineering of Jones' deadpan persona you'll remember best.

It's that very, very rare instance of an actor utterly saving an action movie.

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