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|Originaltitel:||Men in Black: International|
|Genre:||Adventure, Fantasy, Action, Comedy|
|Regie:||F. Gary Gray|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 114 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Since she observed the mysterious alien hunters known as Men in Black as a child, Molly (Tessa Thompson) has been obsessed with tracking them down and working for them. And their tenacity pays off: She finds MIB headquarters in New York and even manages to convince Agent O (Emma Thomspon) that she would be a perfect addition to the team. And so it doesn't take long for her to get her first assignment: In London she is supposed to accompany the somewhat narcissistic Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) to a meeting with a royal alien. What she doesn't suspect is that behind what the alien carries with him are not only other aliens, but obviously also a mole from their own ranks. And so Molly alias Agent M and Agent H have to fight not only against deadly dangers from space, but also against their own people to save the world…
"Men in Black" without Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones - can that work? The answer is not clear: Yes, "Men in Black: International" has moments in which you don't miss the stars from the first three films and in which it becomes clear that some fresh blood is good for the series. But at the same time also no, because to be honest, parts 2 and 3 were not really good movies anymore and only lived from the good chemistry between the so different main actors. But let's start with the positive: Director F. Gary Gray manages very well to transport the viewer into a familiar world and to develop something new and independent. There may be many things that remind us of the predecessors, but at the same time there is also a noticeable development from which the franchise really benefits.
The fact that the protagonists did not try to offer a constellation similar to that of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones was also positive. Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, who have already played each other so well in "Thor: Tag der Entscheidung" (Thor: Day of Decision), are again harmonizing convincingly with each other. It's fun watching the two of them get together to save the world. However, a few more biting dialogues would have done her squabbles some good.
In any case, the whole script lacks a bit of pepper. One always has the feeling that the production (almost) always drives with the handbrake on. Many scenes are amusing, but there are no big laughs. And the action is good, but far from being spectacular. At the end there is no real disappointment, but the feeling that there was a lot more to it. And in view of the successful approaches and the really nice ideas with which this continuation reboot mix is larded, this is really a pity.
"Men in Black: International" convincingly develops the idea from which three films have already been made. But that alone is not enough. A better script and a somewhat faster, smarter staging would have done the overall rather average work good. And so the bottom line is: nice popcorn entertainment with some really well done scenes, which sell below value overall. Worth seeing!
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