Men in Black
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||Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Rip Torn
If you want a laugh, sure. If you want to get into her
pants, I'd recommend another.
If the movie would have been rated R it would have gotten
another star from me!
Blowing up huge bugs isn't a bad thing, is it?
Start to finish!
I laughed when a bunch of worm looking aliens with French
accents were fleeing the planet with cartons of Marlboro
cigarettes in tow.
Two of them: K tells J, "Elvis is not dead, he just went
home.", and J converses with another agent, "Let's put a
call in to Dennis Rodman." "He's from another planet? You're
kidding? Not much of a disguise."
Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald
Men in Black
A Movie Review
Stu Gotz's review:
Gentle Rosenberg's head opens to reveal the High Prince
"Yea, my review's short, so read it."
Let me start off by saying I have been waiting with major
anticipation to see this movie, and it did not disappoint. "Men in
Black" kept me laughing and interested in its tale from start to
finish, and that hasn't happened in a long time.
Here's the skinny. . . "J" (Will Smith) is a New York City Cop
that has been recruited by "K" (Tommy Lee Jones) into an ultra secret
organization that regulates aliens. Now I'm not talking about across
the boarder aliens, I'm talking about little green men that go around
in the heads of robots, slug looking things, and huge roaches from
millions of light years away. Anyway, it's the job of the MiB to
regulate, monitor, protect, and enforce the laws of the aliens
community. All if fine and dandy until that huge cockroach I
mentioned before decides to skip across our boarder and stir up some
shit by killing off an alien ambassador and stealing his shit. It's
now up to J & K to bring this bug to justice. And how do they do
that? Hmmm? Let's see? K starts it by interrogating an alien and
blowing his head off. Don't worry, it grew right back. An alien here,
an alien there, and they end up racing a spaced up Ford LTD through
the Queens Tunnel in hot pursuit. For a finishing touch K allows
himself to be eaten by the roach only to blow him apart from the
inside out. Space guns, space cars, and flying alien roach jib! What
more could you ask for in a movie?
Like I said before this movie kept me entertained from start to
finish. Unlike some recent big budget movies, MiB is not all about
special effects. It has some great ones, but I dare say that if you
were to strip the effects away you'd still have a good movie (unlike
Twister). I thinks that's due to good writing and direction.
Seriously, between J's humor, K's lack of it, the action and the
special effects this movie has it all going on. I highly recommend
that you dish out your hard earned eight buck and go see "Men in
Black" and on a scale of 1 to 5 I give this movie a 4 star rating and
I'm Stu Gotz!
Mikey holds the head of his human disguise, Mexican Jose
The Dude on the Right: "It's my turn. . ."
Well, for a change, Stu seems short of words. I said to Stu, "Stu,
how about a little more meat in the review?" "Dammit Dude," he said,
"I just liked the movie and don't know what else to say besides to
tell the people it was damn good and go see it." I told him to cool
his little jets, I'll throw in my two cents, or eight bucks as it
Now, Stu gave you the basic rundown, and said that even with the
special effects the story would have been alright. Well I say bull!
There are many things that make this movie a must see, and the
effects are just one of them.
The worm guys take a coffee break.
Whereas "Mars Attacks!" was a spoof-style movie of the old alien
thrillers, "Men in Black" does its best to kinda make you wonder,
maybe just a little, that aliens might be out there, well, at least
for me anyway. But, looking at it, the story line is so far out there
that as much as the government can cover things up, I doubt they
could pull this off, but then again, MiB isn't really a government
agency, so, hmmm? From the magic little red light gadget to the
invention of velcro, from the World's Fair to the real reason for the
New York City blackout, the movie entertains, and you might know it
isn't true, but from now on, whenever you have a deja vu episode, you
just might wonder a little about our place on earth.
Now Stu sort of hinted at the acting, but the teaming of the
coolness of Tommy Lee Jones as "K" with Smith as "J" was great. K is
level headed, loves his job, but feels a little shorted in his life.
Always serious, well, except for the upside-down "car" ride through
the tunnel, he has to teach J the ways of the aliens that are
harbored on earth. J, on the other hand, is the not so serious,
youngster-type dude, in the group. Now, before I wrote this review, a
buddy of mine said he was worried about seeing the movie because of
Will Smith's performance in "Independence Day." He didn't think Will
did a good job of portraying a military pilot, and worried that he
would be the same in "MiB." I told him that Will was very similar
playing "J," but the premise of his coming from New York's finest to
the organization as a "freshman" type was perfect for his role.
"Men in Black" has one of the coolest story lines to come around in
a while. It really could have flopped in the hands of the wrong
actors, but the, well, haphazardness of Will Smith with the coolness
of Tommy Lee Jones was great. Combine that with the likes of "Zed,"
played by Rip Torn, the boss type person for the boys, and "Laurel"
(Linda Florentino), who would be on her way to brain damage if it
wasn't for J, and the movie wraps it all together. I just can't
believe that I missed the foreshadowing (can you believe I actually
used that word in a review?) that came in the opening scene. Well,
Stu spoiled the ending, sort of, telling you the big bad bug dies,
but there is a little more. It's kinda funny, kinda sad, and
eventually leads to Dennis Rodman. Weird.
K (Tommy Lee Jones) prepares to neuralyze J (Will Smith).
Like Stu, I recommend "Men in Black" to the masses. I don't know
if the dudettes will like it, and the kids, rather than be scared out
of there wits like I saw them when the dino's tore apart some dude,
might just like seeing the scary aliens turn into goo. But, there are
some deeper moments (I almost shed a tear when the alien ambassador
dude kicked the bucket), so, hmm, if the kids don't base their life
beliefs around the movies it will probably be cool. For "Men in
Black," I too give it 4 out of 5 stars.
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right. L8R!!