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Movie Title: Men in Black: International
Director: F. Gary Gray
Cast: Tessa Thompson,Chris Hemsworth, Liam Neeson and Kumail Nanjiani
Run Time: 115 min
Year: 2019
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After 7 long years without an entry in the series, the Men In Black franchise returns with it's new installment, MiB: International. Starring Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, this new duo set off on an alien adventure across Europe. Hemsworth and Thompson replace veterans Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in this pseudo-reboot to the series, in the hopes of bringing it to a new generation of audiences. However the end result does quite little to live up to the legacy of the original films. However, despite the film's middling quality there are great role models found in it's two leads. For example, Agent M is an intelligent and perceptive woman and Agent H learns to improve upon his naturally careless and brash nature as an agent.

The brightest spot in this film is the chemistry between Thompson and Hemsworth, bringing the same charm and endearment that anchored Thor Ragnarok, unfortunately this time around the writing can hardly keep up with the two actors, rarely ever exuding the same charm of the actors or the original 1997 film. In the original film, the audience navigated the foreign,alien world of the Men In Black with Agent J, getting to feel the differences and unfamiliarities of the new world before them. This arguably made for the most enjoyable part of the film but this time around the movie rushes past this whole aspect and beelines it right to the first action set piece, and subsequently to the next one and then the next. Rather than actually ever feeling like a cohesive movie it feels like a collection of poorly written jokes between action set pieces that completely lack any consequence. Moreover, the film's plot twist' is hardly a twist thanks to it's lazy writing telegraphing it throughout it's runtime.

The film did have great potential. Hopefully if a sequel is ever made, the writers will focus more on developing the chemistry and buddy cop elements that made the original film so enjoyable. That being said, this is a middling movie that makes for an incrementally enjoyable way to waste an afternoon.

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Nirek Panditha
Author: Nirek Panditha
Self professed film buff, aspiring writer and comic book geek.
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