The original Men In Black is pitch perfect blend of science fiction, buddy comedy, and action. Men In Black 2 was a lame attempt to make money. Sadly, Men In Black 3 is barely any better than the previous attempt. The cameras rolled on MIB3 without a completed script, and it shows. The story is rarely cohesive, the dialogue is frequently weak, especially for Jermaine Clement’s lead alien bad guy, Boris the Animal. Occasionally Will Smith manages to make his lines work, but almost everything Tommy Lee Jones says sounds idiotic. I would feel sorry for him, but he signed up for it. Jones clearly doesn’t want to be there, and he is fooling nobody.
It’s hard to imagine that this movie was only a pipe dream back when I was young. I remember watching those early 90s X-Men and Spider-Man cartoons, watching those hero team-‐ups and thinking to myself about the possibilities of a live action movie and what I would want in it. Thankful, this movie lives up to those dreams.
Just about everyone in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a light comedy-drama from John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) may be in retirement, but to label the film an “old person’s movie” would be a huge disservice. Boasting a fine assembly of some of Britain’s finest actors, Madden’s latest film does, unfortunately, set itself up for nothing more than cliches. But this is mostly in the results, meaning that even thoughMarigold trips up in some of its conclusions, the journey is still very much worth taking.
After an unusually strong spring season (thank you, Hunger Games!), May is finally upon on us, and this Friday The Avengers kicks of the 2012 summer movie season with what is sure to be a huge opening weekend. Ever since Steven Spielberg released Jaws in June of 1975, the summer season has become a staple in the film industry for its big budgeted films with visual spectacles and enthralling, escapist stories. From Inception to Harry Potter, Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more, summer has become the go to season for blockbusters that are just as fun as they are smart and engaging.