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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

Goosebumps

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Goosebumps

The stories are alive.

20151 h 43 min

I have always had a soft spot for scary stories, largely thanks to my Stephen King fan of a father. But since King is not what you want to start a child on, I read a large number of Goosebumps books throughout my grade school years. My little brother is the same way, so when the 2015 Goosebumps film was announced we knew we had to see it.

Based on the summary and the trailer, the film looked as though it would either flop completely or be a funny little film that may or may not wind up as a cult classic. In the Goosebumps books, there are many constant elements that R. L. Stine repeats throughout the series. The kids in each book seem to be around 12 or 13 years old (close to the age of the series’ target audience), they are usually in an unfamiliar place (moved into a new neighborhood, at summer camp, on vacation, etc.), and have to face some kind of supernatural or sci-fi threat that does not actually kill anyone or put people in too much danger since these are children’s books. As expected, all of these common elements are repeated in the film since it is a family movie. This makes the film acceptable and appealing for younger audiences while also providing nostalgia for those of us who grew up reading Goosebumps.

The actors all did a good job for the film they were in. An intentionally cheesy movie like Goosebumps should not have its actors trying to play their roles off too seriously and this film had the protagonists behaving the same way as the characters from any Goosebumps book. But as is the case for any creature feature, it is the monsters that make this movie. The credits list over two dozen actors as monsters, although the film actually features more than that as some of the creatures were made completely from special effects and/or unvoiced. The plethora of monsters adds more danger to the film for the characters and it is awesome to see so many classic Goosebumps creatures on a screen instead of just on a book cover. They also selected the best monster they possibly could have to serve as the leader for the group; longtime Goosebumps fans will not be disappointed there.

This movie was not intended to be a cinematographic masterpiece, nor should anyone go into the film expecting it to be one. It is a horror comedy family movie, a lot of the viewers are probably watching it more for nostalgia than anything else, and Jack Black is more or less free to do his thing within the film. But if you liked Goosebumps when you were younger, have a kid who enjoys Goosebumps or similar series’, or if you just need a cheesy monster movie to entertain children with for Halloween purposes than this film is the way to go (you can only have the kids rewatch Hocus Pocus or The Monster Squad so many times). Overall the film was enjoyable and it may become a Halloween tradition for many families in years to come.

February 7, 2016