People’s brains are still being fricasseed in the newest Men In Black 3 trailer
Here come the Men In Black! After a ten year hiatus Columbia Pictures have finally reawakened their cash cow from its deep slumber, and by the look of this trailer it’s been keeping up on the “How to be awesome” video training guide between naps. Seriously, check out this trailer!
“J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him — secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.”
The first MIB came out in 1997 and most comic loving geeks were more confused than excited about the prospect of this mostly ignored comic series becoming a film. The comics dealt with a similar matter but the agents of the MIB were engaged with more than just the extraterrestrial. They dealt with aliens, demons, mutants, and anything else that was considered ‘paranormal’ activity to the group. The agents in the book were definitely similar to those in the movies with some ‘small’ differences. One subtle difference would be that people who had witnessed the work of the agents or a paranormal event didn’t simply have their minds wiped they were eradicated on the spot.
The original MIB, and MIB II, took the source material, stripped it down, and completely rebuilt them into an amazingly fun franchise. These films are an example of the very few times that Hollywood has actually improved on the source material instead of stomping it into the shape that they feel it should be in (Grrr, Catwoman).
Both Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back to reprise their roles as Agents K and J for the new film. Josh Brolin will also be making his debut in the series as a younger Agent K. Just from the bits of Josh’s performance in the trailer it looks like he has nailed most of Tommy Lee Jones’ mannerisms. The only depressing thing that I can see with this film is the lack of Rip Torn’s character, Chief Agent Zed. MIB is known for its multitude of cameos so hopefully Zed we’ll grace us with his presence in this film.
The trailer alludes to the fact that the MIB will be delving into uncharted territory this go around. While the original films focused fully on extraterrestrial encounters the comics, as I said before, had agents dealing with all variety of paranormal and extraterrestrial activities. I’m hoping that they plan on bringing this aspect into the story as well to help vary the challenges of the agents.
Needless to say here is yet another film that I can’t wait to see in the theater. Will Smith’s personality is irresistibly infectious, and Tommy Lee Jones’ role as J is one of the top five straight man performances in the last 20 years.
I’ll see you in the theater! Men In Black 3 opens May 25, 2012
Until then… Bonus round: