Men in Black 3

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(2012) ★★★

Channel 4: Sunday 11 October, 7.00pm

Will Smith’s Agent J has to turn Timecop to save Agent K (Tommy LeeJones) from being killed at the launch of Apollo 11 by time-jumpingalien Boglodyte Jemaine Clement in July 1969. Back when Tommy LeeJones was Josh Brolin. Sharp production design makes thislong-delayed, diverting sequel look like Mad Men in Black.

Brolin’sTommy Lee Jones turn is super-slick, slick. Funnier in truth than mostof the script, although Andy Warhol’s Factory party is amusing.Warhol’s an agent, too, freaked by his cover: “They’ve got me paintingsoup cans… and I can’t listen to any more sitar music.” Will’s beef iswith the MiB jet-packs: “There’s a reason we don’t have these thingsin the future.”

The ending is surprisingly sweet, although the MiamiHerald critic was unimpressed by everything: “Men in Black 3 is sodull and empty, it’s the first movie that has ever made me think‘Thank God this is in 3D’.”

Certificate: PG
Duration: 106min

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