There is no denying that Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson play off of eachother well on screen. The Marvel universe has been able to showcase this rather well in their pairings. While the two seemed comfortable together for Men In Black: International, that didn’t necessarily mean the film itself lived up to that.
Departing from the Men In Black of old, MIB:International focuses on Agent M (Tessa Thompson) who starts off as nothing but a alien crazed civilian who manages to apply to multiple high level offices without ever being flagged as an absolute crazy person. It seems weirdly convenient that Molly just so happens to be insanely smart and resourceful after meeting an alien one time as a child. What are the odds that something like this would happen? Nothing is ever explained of her parents at the beginning of the movie, or how she isn’t put on some form of watch list after being denied from multiple federal agencies for believing in Aliens. There are just some weird aspects that don’t make narrative sense to me.
Though let’s be real, the point of all that exposition is to just show us who Agent M is - and was - and ultimately, was never meant to be looked into that much. Yet here I am, a month later finishing a film review I never completed and still thinking about it. In any case - let’s move on, shall we?
I think that the pairing of the actors worked well, but the story line felt a bit watered down. MIB has been turned from an interesting science fiction piece to a watered down, child palatable version of itself (not that MIB wasn’t suitable for children, this one just felt like it was trying to be for children, if that makes sense). This film fell victim to what seems like a standard cinematic flaw these days where all of the best moments are shown in the trailers that got you to go see it.
Funny remarks and interesting pieces of information are littered throughout this story but the resolutions seemed rushed and frankly, the love aspect isn’t necessary at all. I mean it’s literally part of their jobs that they don’t have that kind of connection! Sure it’s not explicit but it’s so beyond obvious what the producers were going for.
I’m not one for ratings in letter or number form - I’ve always pretty much avoided that or use them arbitrarily. (Honestly a 4 one day for me is probably different than a 4 another). Though if I were to attempt to give this film a rating I would say a solid 3 out of 5 stars. See it if you want, but honestly if I didn’t have a free ticket I would have rather waited until it was out someplace I could buy a stream for a few dollars rather than $15 at the theater.