MIB reboot a frustrating, lazy alien actioner

It’s been seven years since Men In Black 3 reinvigorated the franchise, but this long-gestating reboot was a big leap backward for all involved.

It takes two of the most likable stars in Hollywood in Thor: Ragnarok co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, and throws them a lazy script and Phantom Menace-level special effects.

Hemsworth and Thompson may have great screen chemistry, but they can’t lift this lazy, derivative script to any sort of salvageable film.

A wasted voice performance from Kumal Nanjiani, throwaway supporting roles from Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson, and some of the most inane jokes and gags lead to the worst MIB film ever made.

The twists and turns can be seen 10 miles ahead of time, and the utter contempt the film shows for originality in the face of so much possibility is enraging.

Men In Black was an absolute hit in 1998, and launched Will Smith right up into the A-list stratosphere.

But everyone watching MIB: International will wish there were a neuralyzer at the end to help them escape their two hours wasted at the multiplex.

1.5/5 Stars

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