MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL (12)
D: F. Gary Gray
Sony/Columbia/Amblin/Image Nation/Tencent (Walter F. Parkes & Laurie MacDonald)
W: Art Marcum & Matt Holloway [based on the comic books by Lowell Cunningham]
DP: Stuart Dryburgh
Ed: Zene Baker & Christian Wagner
Mus: Danny Elfman & Chris Bacon
Chris Hemsworth (Agent H), Tessa Thompson (Molly / Agent M), Liam Neeson (High T), Rafe Spall (Agent C), Kumail Nanjiani (voice of Pawny), Rebecca Ferguson (Riza Stavros)
A spin-off of the Men In Black series of films, substituting Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones for Chris Hemsworth & Tessa Thompson as they investigate alien activities in the United Kingdom and Europe, uncovering another mystery where our entire universe stands in peril.
If it emerged that this was the original plot of Men In Black II, I don't think anyone would have batted an eye, since the first film did end with Smith's Agent J pairing up with a female mortician turned MIB agent at the conclusion of the film. However, since this was released in 2019, when Hollywood seemed obsessed with gender-swapping roles, there'll be some who may think this comes off as a little forced, although I don't necessarily agree.
The film is as expected, a fun action adventure with a sci-fi twist aimed at a younger audience with a good central partnership between the two leads, it's just a shame that the supporting performances aren't up to the same level, particularly Rafe Spall, who ruins every single scene in which he appears. Yes, it is more of the same and the formula feels a little tired now, but there are far worse ways to spend 115 minutes.