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Men In Black: International

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Men in Black: International

The universe is expanding

20191 h 55 min
Overview

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

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Director F. Gary Gray
Runtime 1 h 55 min
Release Date 12 June 2019
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Movie Media Cinema
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Good

Wow, Thor and Valkyrie got into some zany adventures in that 5-year time skip during Endgame. Or maybe this is one of those alternate timelines they accidentally-maybe-probably created. Jokes aside though, Men in Black: International was a just a fun movie. Is this going to win any awards? Heck no. Was it a fun summer film to see on discount night at my local theater? You bet it was. If you are a person who wants every movie they see to be on par with films like Inception or Schindler’s List, turn back now. That is not what this film is, that is not what it was trying to be, that is not what it claims to be. It is a fun summer romp, nothing more and nothing less.

For starters, audiences do not need to have seen the previous Men in Black films to understand this one. There are a fair number of references to the old films, but nothing essential. All you need to know is that there is a secret agency that deals with aliens on Earth. That is really the only pre-requisite information here. So long as you are prepared for a casual summer movie (think Hancock), Men in Black: International will be a good time.

Let us take a look at the plot of the film. The general premise is that a bad alien wants the MacGuffin and if they get it, Earth will be destroyed. So…the same plot as the first three MiB movies, got it. Not that there is anything wrong with that. If it works, it works. And clearly, the MiB agency should be used to these situations by now. With the plot being so basic, the essence of the film really boils down to the writing and characters.

This movie is on the sillier side of things. Think Chris Hemsworth in Cabin in the Woods, not Chris Hemsworth as Thor. While many of the jokes are on the more light-hearted side, the film does not shy away from adult themes. Yes, this is a PG-13 film. But a PG-13 film today does not have the same standards as one made in the late ’90s. There is innuendo, there is cursing, and there are enough of these things that Men in Black: International could not quite be called a family movie. None of these things are subtle enough for kids to not catch them. For teenagers and up though (people who actually fit the PG-13 rating given by the Motion Picture Association of America), it is a great way to killing an evening this summer.

June 30, 2019

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Saga Continues

20172 h 32 min
Overview

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

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Director Rian Johnson
Runtime 2 h 32 min
Release Date 13 December 2017
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Movie Media Cinema
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Very good

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has received a lot of analysis in the short time since its release. Some have loved it, some have hated it, and a fair number are somewhere in-between. I put myself in the third category, though leaning more towards the “love it” side of things. For all the haters out there, let me say this right off the bat: Yes, the film did have issues. It was not a perfect cinematic masterpiece. But it was nowhere close to having the issues of the prequels. Everything you can complain about in The Last Jedi had an equivalent, yet dumber, scene in the prequels (comparisons will not be made in this review for the sake of avoiding spoilers).

Considering how much The Force Awakens mimicked A New Hope, many people expected The Last Jedi to be reminiscent of The Empire Strikes Back. While there are reused thematic elements, The Last Jedi is not a soft reboot like the previous film. You probably could successfully argue the point that it is, but that is not how it struck me.

The Last Jedi seemed to focus a lot more on character development than plot. As far as plot progression goes, there really is not too much here. But the character development is fantastic. You can feel the new generation of actors getting these roles set up for the next film. The Force Awakens told us who these people are. The Last Jedi shows us who they are going to be. Episode IX will likely take that to its conclusion as destiny is a fairly prevalent theme in Star Wars.

There does not really seem to be a general public consensus on what this film should be, or have been. Long-time fans of the old Expanded Universe (novels, comics, video games, etc.) want to see more of those elements implemented. Some people want more of the same from the original movies. Others do not seem to know what they want and are somehow still upset. But it feels like this film set out what it was meant to do; ushering out the older, Lucas-era concepts to bring us to the new age of Disney. Star Wars has never been this grand, perfect thing people seem to envision. Parts of the old Expanded Universe sucked and needed to go. The films have used newer, unknown actors. The plot tends to be full of holes. The Force is mysterious and largely unexplained (or at least works best that way; damn you midichlorians!). At the end of the day, these are campy sci-fi family films. Enjoy it for what it is, not what you think it should be.

December 31, 2017