10 reasons you’ll get a kick out of “Men in Black 3”

Josh Brolin as a 1969 version of Tommy Lee Jones, with Will Smith in MEN IN BLACK 3. Photo credit: Sony Pictures

  1. Josh Brolin is pitch perfect as a younger version of Tommy Lee Jones’ character, Agent K. He’s got the cadence, the stare and the wry humor so down pat, it’s uncanny. It’s almost as if he’s channeling Jones.
  2. A completely unrecognizable Jemaine Clement throws himself body and soul into his role as the big, bad, biker-loving villain Boris. Those who only know Clement as one half of “Flight of the Conchords” will be blown away. He chews every inch of the surrounding scenery with gusto.
  3. Emma Thompson has a delicious, if barely more than cameo, role as Agent O (O, I get it.) If there’s (dare I say it?) another sequel, let’s hope we see her again.
  4. Seven-time Oscar winner Rick Baker outdoes even himself with a winking nod to fifties and sixties aliens and dozens of remarkable new creature designs (most of which slip by in the background, unfortunately). Plus there’s a quick cameo by the effects-legend himself!
  5. The witty re-imagining of a colorful 1969 “Mad Men”-esque Manhattan is a treat. Everything is too clean, perhaps, but hey, this is the movies.
  6. A peek inside The Factory with a guest spot by Bill Hader as Andy Warhol, “You gotta fake my death, okay? I can’t listen to sitar music anymore!”
  7. The impressively fluid visual effects are so good you might forget they’re not real. Which should be the point of all visual effects, really.
  8. Michael Stuhlbarg as the all-seeing, all-knowing, and incredibly loquacious alien named Griffin who lives outside of time may be the least well-defined character in the script, but Stuhlbarg makes him all heart onscreen.
  9. Two stomach-flipping CGI action sequences sure to rattle anyone the least acrophobic, first: time-leaping off of the Chrysler Building, and second: the fight sequence atop the gantry of the Apollo 11 spaceship.
  10. We finally get those jetpacks that we were promised! Big, honking, Volvo-sized jetpacks, but still, Jetpacks! ‘Nuff said.

Rick Baker poses with a select group of his MEN IN BLACK 3 retro alien entourage. Photo credit: Sony Pictures

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