The mysterious guys with the sunglasses and the dark suits are back once more to protect humanity from knowing that we are not alone. Too bad Men in Black III does little to remind us of why we liked these guys in the first place.
The moral of the “Beast” tale is to not judge something by its appearance. Ironically, one of the least ugly things of the movie is the supposed “beast.” Didn’t anyone tell the makeup department that chicks dig scars and tattoos?
This is the first animated feature to be produced by special effects company Industrial Light & Magic, aka The House that George Lucas Built, and the result is a stunningly animated, fast-paced thrill ride of a movie.
All the while, Cage is spouting off cheesy heroic taglines when he’s not telling one of the least funny jokes I’ve ever heard. Usually a one-liner machine, co-star Ron Perlman contributes one or two, but there’s just nothing for him to work with.
Those who have managed to avoid the promotional materials for this film will probably be much more satisfied with the results as they’ll experience the best lines fresh, but others will struggle again with that sense of déjà vu.
Trapped by a group of Russians who want their share (read: all) of the stolen money, the team of crooks must shoot its way out of a hotel room. The climactic shootout that follows is shot slow-motion with sad music playing over the top.
Sometimes a “spoiler alert” warning at the beginning of the trailer would be helpful. In this case, it’s not that the trailer gives too much away. It’s simply that the trailer is just too much darn fun and the movie can’t quite live up to it.
It could have been strange to see a grown man beat up on a bunch of kids. But Chan instead turns the boys’ aggressiveness on each other, and manages to fight them off without even throwing a punch.
Some of the creature effects that show up in the second half of the film just add to the weight that brings the film down after a promising first half. It’s not really a serious scare-fest, but not over-the-top enough to enter so-bad-it’s-good territory.
The movie goes for a couple of big laughs, but the result is more awkwardness than humor. A ritual birthing scene walks the tightrope between funny and disturbing and I can see audiences falling on either side of the fence.
I suppose the original Death at a Funeral is technically a foreign film in terms of Hollywood, but that foreign country was Great Britain and the movie was in English. Right now, the question is, was it worth remaking so soon?
As delightful as some of the supporting characters are, however, they can’t save this movie from being one worth skipping. The message is sweet and important, but the packaging is stale and dull.
The movie’s only character that you might actually want to get behind is Nick, but you want to push him in a different direction than he seems determined to go. He also can’t seem to go anywhere without running into trees and falling into open manholes.
I did have a neighbor who was a nightmare. She would basically make it so you had a choice of either listening to her forever, or being rude and interrupting her, or even worse, pulling away while her arms were rested on your window.
It’s when the thief is confronted by the father and son characters central to the story that the movie’s message of hope comes full circle. While the father is content to leave the thief to die, the boy makes a stand.