Sadly, the best I can give this movie is 2.5 Icees (out of 5).  I wanted to give it more.  My wife thought it deserved more.  However I just can’t do it.

When I think of an MIB movie, there’s a certain electricity to it; an energy that can’t be explained but you know it’s there.  In this case, it just wasn’t…  and that’s sad because I think this movie had so much potential.

The producers were obviously banking on the chemistry between Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, since they showed they have it in Thor: Ragnorok.  Here, not so much.  I think that was the fault of the writers as the character they developed for Hemsworth was sort of… boring.  No excitement, no real fun (until later).  I can’t go into more detail because it would give away spoilers but let’s just say that they didn’t utilize this actor’s abilities as well as they could have.  I think that Tessa did her part, but without a solid co-star it just wasn’t enough.

There also wasn’t nearly enough alien jokes (remember Tony Shalhoub having his head shot of and regenerated?  Nothing as fun as that).  I guess overall it just lacked creativity.

Now it is a MIB movie, so there is still quite a bit of good in it, hence why it still got the 2.5 Icees.  The special effects were good. The action (limited as it is) was good.  Emma Thompson does a good Agent O, and Liam Neeson gives his typical performance.  If you are an MIB fan, you will probably like this… once it comes out on Blu-Ray.

I don’t know if this movie will make enough money to warrant another one, but if it does… hire new writers, will ya?

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