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Back in black with Smith and Jones

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By Becca Owsley

“Men in Black 3”
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, and brief suggestive content
Runtime: 106 minutes
Release date: May 25
Rating: Josh Brolin is great, the film is ok 

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Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are back in black and policing aliens in “Men in Black 3.”

This time around Agent J (Smith) jumps back in time to save Agent K (Jones) and the world in the process.

Probably spurred by the trend started by the popular television show “Mad Men,” most of the film takes place in the ultra-hip 1960s, where J meets the younger version of his partner, K, played by Josh Brolin (“True Grit”).

Brolin’s performance is the highlight of this film. There are times when you forget it’s Brolin and think you are actually watching a younger version of Jones.

Wednesday, on “Good Morning America,” Smith said they weren’t sure how Brolin’s performance would turn out but on the first day of shooting he came out and from facial expressions to voice inflections nailed Jones perfectly. The performance was so good the crew burst into applause after the scene was shot.

MIB3 is not an Academy Award-caliber film but Brolin’s performance was spot on and is well deserving of the recognition he is receiving for the role.

As for the movie in general, it doesn’t live up to the original MIB, but is entertaining.

The story opens by introducing the bad guy, Boris the Animal, played by Jemaine Clement (“Rio”). Boris is pretty gross and many audience members in a screening earlier this week found him disturbing. This awkward intro to the new story set an odd tone for the film.

The ending is predictable. Smith has been promoting a surprise ending in interviews this week but the clues given throughout the film make the ending a given to anyone paying attention.

Emma Thompson (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”) was a nice addition to the cast playing the new head of MIB, Agent O. Filmmakers must have taken a cue from the James Bond series in this choice after several years of M being played by Judi Dench.

If you enjoyed the previous MIB offerings you probably will enjoy the third in the series. Just hearing Danny Elfman’s score as the movie begins transports audiences back into the mindset of pervious entries. It might not be the greatest filmmaking or storytelling but Brolin’s performance makes it worth seeing.

One note to those who suffer from a fear of heights or vertigo. Many scenes in this film take place on top of very high structures. Be prepared to miss a few significant points in the film if your fear of heights includes seeing them in film. 

It’s no “The Avengers” but will do for an MIB fan.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741. For movie reviews visit her reporter page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ pages/Becca-Owsley/96924584861.

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