"Men In Black II" comes out five years after the original, and brings us back the same familiar characters from the first installment.
We learn early in the movie that Agent J (Will Smith) has a "problem" with neuralizing his partners and hasn't settled on one since Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) left MIB at the end of the first movie.
Through a crazy set of circumstances, J must go to Massachusetts to get K and "deneuralize" him to restore his memory and once again save the world.
There, that's the plot. Not much to it, right? Well, that's why the movie is only 82 minutes! 82 freakin' minutes! Hell, the season opener of "Charmed" (commercials edited out) was longer than that! The simple fact is that this movie was fun, and there are some great gags (the deneuralizer on eBay, Frank the pug singing "Who Let the Dogs Out") but it just goes by way too fast.
There's a tacked on love sub-plot with Smith and Rosario Dawson, but it never goes anywhere, and barely adds to the main plot. As for other secondary cast members, Johnny Knoxville is so annoying that you want to punch him every time he shows up on screen. He ranks up there as one of the most annoying movie characters I've ever seen. Oh, and David Cross shows up as a minor character again, though a completely different one from the first movie, which confused me for a couple minutes. I couldn't figure out if he was the same person or not (even though it was pretty obvious that he was killed in the first movie).
But, that all said, when it comes down it it, I enjoyed this movie, sort of. My expectations weren't too high, but probably a little higher than the results. The shortness of the movie takes away from the good parts -- such as the special effects, which were amazing, and the comedic acting of Will Smith -- but it also reduces the pain of the bad parts -- i.e. the crappy love story.
My score: 7 out of 10.
Tuesday, July 09, 2002
So, remember that whole "I'm gonna update this more often" thing. Yeah, not quite.
To be completely honest, I've actually been avoiding this for awhile, just because I'm not sure what to write. "Hey, I still don't have a job." "Hey, I haven't seen any of my friends in awhile." "Hey, I saw 'Men In Black II.'"
Oh yeah, "Hey, I saw 'Men In Black II.'"
I guess I should review it. Wanna know what, I'll save that for later. Like tomorrow. I promise.
For now, I'll give you a brief synopsis. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back to save the world again, with a poorly put together plot but some really cool special effects, and if you blink, you'll miss the whole thing (82 minutes! I'm not a fan of overly long movies, but this is a step too far in the other direction).
Full review tomorrow.
Oh, and I finally restarted work on my novel. It's now up to 120 pages, and chapter 8 is almost done. And with the way I see the plot working out, it'll probably wrap up around 200 pages and 13-14 chapters or so. When it's done I'll go to Kinko's and get some copies made and send a couple to some of my friends.
Adios por ahora.