Men in Black 3 review

Those sharp-shooting, sharp-suited men in Black are back, and this time they get all wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey ... and I bet I'm not the only critic to toss in that Doctor Who reference there.

It's been 10 years since their last outing, but it feels like nothing has changed. Except that MiB chief Agent Z (Rip Torn) is dead, and has been replaced by Agent O (Thompson). When a rather nasty piece of work known as Boris the Animal (Clement) escapes from a prison on the moon, Agent J (Smith) needs to travel back in time to the 1960s to stop him from killing his partner, Agent K (Jones).

The best thing about the plot set-up is that it doesn't go in for the usual, complicated time travel malarkey. And we get none of that "be careful you don't change anything in the past" stuff, either. J just goes back and does his thing damn the consequences. And when he's in 1969, he meets up with K's younger self – superbly played by Brolin. In fact, he's easily the best thing about the film. Brolin manages to capture Jones's voice and mannerisms to a tee. He's so good that it does feel as though you are watching a young Tommy Lee Jones, which I guess is the point. Anyway, it works a treat.

And the film itself is a treat, too. While not as funny as the first – which, to be fair, took many of us by surprise – it stil has some good laughs, some great stunts and terrific CGI (to be honest, the CGI on the first two films hasn't aged all that well). Director Sonenfeld is back, and again he manages to slip us into the ultra-cool MiB world with consumate ease. Clement is terrific (and almost unrecognisable) as bad-boy Boris. Smith and Jones still look sharp in the black suits. And even the 3D is decent. It may not be a sequel that audiences were demanding, but they'll enjoy it nonetheless.

Men in Black 3 at IMDb

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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