Saturday, November 28, 2009

Men In Black 2 (2002)

‘Men In Black 2’ is an uninspired sequel to the 1997 blockbuster that skyrocketed Will Smith into superstardom. In this film, Smith reprises his role as agent J, who is now a conditioned and respected member of the secret organization. After realizing that none of his partners are up to par with his former partner, Agent K, he decides to bring him back in hopes of defeating an evil alien.

Everything from the action, acting, and comedy in this movie are all vastly inferior to the original. The characters that made the first film so enjoyable seem under developed and taken for granted in this film, they seem to be on the screen just for the sake of being there, without any reason whatsoever besides to please the fans.

There are no relationships developed, no interesting characters introduced, and not a single memorable scene throughout the entire movie. In fact, the movie is extremely short, at a mere 88 minutes in length.

Ultimately, Men In Black 2 was a movie that didn’t need to be made, it had no originality whatsoever, and isn’t even a patch on the inventiveness and uniqueness of the first film. The studio obviously intended he movie to be nothing more a quick cash grab, and Will Smith was happy to throw his fans a bone after the disasterous Wild, Wild West three years prior.

The problem was that this film was no better, and it was yet another blow to Smith’s image and ego, further inspiring him to explore a wider variety of characters and movies, as opposed to the big budget Hollywood disasters that had tarnished his image.


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