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Men In Black 4 review

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Men In Black International
Sony Columbia
PG-13.                      114 min


Another representative in the summer season’s flood of retreads is the fourth installment of MEN IN BLACK. So far it has the honor of being the polar opposite of TOY STORY 4 in that while TS4 has shown consistent quality MEN IN BLACK, which didn’t start at a very lofty point to begin with, has degraded with every step along it’s journey to complete mediocrity. I understand that Hollywood will keep a franchise alive as long as they think there are a few bucks to be made and this has to be one of those cases. The original MIB was a somewhat amusing action comedy starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones who have long since bid their goodbyes. IN this outing the stodgy boss and hot shot young agent are played by Liam Neeson, known as high T,  and Chris Hemsworth, Agent H, with the addition of a rookie Agent M played by Tessa Thompson.  When she was a child she was involved in a brief encounter with a baby alien. This was unbeknownst to the agents that handle the situation and therefore she escaped the effects of the mind erasing flashbulbs the agents all carry and it’s that memory that prompted her the sign up for the MIB division of the FBI CIA or whatever the hell it’s part of. She will end up in London under the direction of high T and partnered up with Agent H and become embroiled in the flimsy excuse for a plot concerning some Mega weapon. The plot really doesn’t matter very much because in all incarnations of the MIB it’s only there as a binder to hold together the scenes featuring dozens of different types of space creatures, apparently the ones that didn’t make the cut for the STAR WARS bar scène and that prototype has become more and more threadbare as sequels are released.
The dialogue which is mostly quips from agent H, is meant to be cutesy but winds up usually just annoying. Luckily Hemsworth is charismatic enough to almost pulled off.
They do tie-in agent M’s encounter with the baby alien but by that point nobody really cares. I can’t imagine that there would be a suitable number five but who knows?
D+
WSS
 

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like the summer season kick off Cap'n Marvel

and the X-men version of female empowerment Dark Phoenix rising

where purple suited babe (J Lawrence) screams at Charles Xavier "maybe we should be called X women!" 

comes this total waste of time  - WIB er  MIB

sorry ladies (JPPT1974)

this goes WAY back to Bat Girl on TV in the 60's 

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it's no surprise it's tough to find a great movie to rent.

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