Verdict: This star-studded sequel settles for an attractive adventure.

The end of the 90s gave us an iconic movie featuring fascinating aliens, a top-secret organization, an entertaining agent duo, and plenty of hilarious comedy. Starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, 1997’s Men in Black was the beginning of Sony’s fun franchise. Two sequels and over two decades later, a brand new spin-off film introduces us to the next generation of MIB agents. Men in Black: International marks the return of the Thor: Ragnarok duo Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson.

What’s Men in Black: International About:

Living in Brooklyn, young Molly (Mandeiya Flory) and her parents have a unique encounter with an alien and the Men In Black swoop in to resolve the matter. However, what they didn’t know is that the little girl, with memories un-neuralyzed, would grow up to be a skilled agent who is obsessed with finding out the truth of the universe. Determined to be a part of the mysterious organization, Molly (Tessa Thompson) gets a lucky break thanks to Agent O (Emma Thompson) and is dubbed Agent M as a probationary agent in the UK. Here, she comes in contact with the UK’s top young MIB agent Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and gets involved in her first mission that would lead the duo on a topsy turvy adventure where they encounter a possible mole, a crazy ex, a villainous duo, and an unexpected ally named Pawny (Kumail Nanjiani).

What Works:

This spin-off sequel brings a new set of agents to the franchise and, played by Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, the duo is an entertaining one. Director F. Gary Gray makes Men in Black: International an exciting and glossy adventure featuring interesting aliens and tons of cool gadgets. The film is all about the aesthetic and makes for a fun watch in that aspect. There are cool cars, explosive weapons, intimidating bad guys, suit-wearing heroes, and worldwide locations. Liam Neeson, who plays High T, the mentor of Agents H and M (no relation to the clothing company), also gives a layered performance. Kumail Nanjiani, as the voice of the tiny alien ally, is the comic relief who delivers the majority of the film’s humorous moments.

What Could’ve Been Better:

Even as Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson treat us to good performances, the chemistry that we’ve seen between them in Thor: Ragnarok is missed in this film. At the same time, the film’s plot also seems to wander at times only to be conveniently pieced together.

Why You Should Watch:

Men in Black: International is a delightful one-time watch. Catch it if you’d like to head out on a good-looking escapade with a fun cast.

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