Agent J (Smith) and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) are in the midst of a potentially earth-shattering crisis...again. A one-armed alien going by way of the sobriquet Boris "the animal" (Jermaine Clement) has escaped MIB's lunar prison facility. With honey on his lips and murder in his heart, Mr. the animal is hellbent on returning back in time and seeing to it that Agent K was killed before setting up an extra-planetary defense system preventing his race from colonizing Earth.
Stopping Boris and saving the planet for the umpteenth time is not the central premise however. Feeling lonely and left in the dark on a great many secrets, Agent J struggles to understand why Agent K has always been so closed and so constipated (his personality that is). Once he travels back to 1969 baby, Agent J meets the old (younger) Agent K played by Western wacky Josh Brolin. It turns out the young Agent K was a real doggone hoot. He called people Cochise and hoss like it was going out of style (which it did by the way). The old Agent K had fallen in love with a young Agent O (O indeed for the lovely Alice Eve, the forebear of the older Agent 0 played by Emma Thompson).
Only by chasing after the young and the old Boris el animale is Agent J able to realize what really happened to his family when he was an infant. It allows him a glimpse into just who Agent K was and how he became so serious and fatherly. Along the way there are some wonderful chases, and enough gunfire to rejuvenate the whole I gotta git me on o dem space guns thought reverberating through the minds of children and immature adults (me).
Men in Black 3 or should I write Men in Black 3D is all nostalgia and no humor. I prefer my humor with a side of nostalgia, not the other way around. They should never be interchangeable because then we wind up with a boring drama with only a smidgeon of exploded alien carcasses' worth of comedy relief. Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, and Josh Brolin are great. Everything else tries too hard and it shows.
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