Review by Jack Foley
THE men in black are back, yet while the poster gleefully states same planet, new scum, there is very little that makes the follow-up stand out from the original.
MIB2 follows every rule of the sequel - its bigger in scale, there are more aliens, and it trades on the familiar, without ever really stretching itself in other directions. But it is also plenty of fun!
Fans of the original will no doubt take delight in the reunion of the Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones double act, while Barry Sonnenfelds sparkling script and visual ingenuity still makes for a feel-good experience.
The movie also broke Box Office records for an Independence Day (July 4), Memorial Weekend opening in America, indicating that the MIB formula is far from dusted and (possibly) paving the way for a third instalment, which both stars have expressed a desire to appear in.
So sit back and enjoy the ride, as Smiths wise-cracking Agent Jay is forced to re-team with Joness deadpan Agent Kay in a bid to prevent Lara Flynn Boyles Evil Kylothian, Serleena, from destroying the world.
It will come as little surprise to find that plot plays distinctly second
fiddle to the proceedings, merely serving as a flimsy springboard for one
visual gag after another, fuelled by Sonnenfelds obvious relish for
the bizarre and ridiculous (just witness the multitude of alien incarnations
as proof) and the tried and tested chemistry of its two male leads.
And while not everything hits (Smiths love interest with the beautiful Rosario Dawson tends to get in the way), there is enough to provide the blockbuster crowd with plenty to feed on, especially if youre not feeling too picky.
this time around include Boyles tentacle-sprouting, Victorias
Secret-clad vamp, Johnny (Jackass TV) Knoxvilles two-headed, dumb-ass
wit, and extended sequences for the worm guys for the first film and Tony
Shalhoubs gloriously seedy pawn-shop owner (who cant help but
get his head blown off by the MIB guys).
Smith and Jones are also on form, with the latter particularly effective in shorts and mailman uniform at the start of the movie, while his transformation from know-nothing letter-pusher to know-all agent is hilarious.
At the end of the day, MIB2 wont win any new fans to the sci-fi series but it should please its established ones as every good worthwhile sequel should.