Directed by: F. Gary Gray
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Laurent, Bourgeois, Larry Bourgeois, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Release date: 14 Jun, 2019
Running Time: 115 Minutes
Budget: $110 million
Men in Black: International (stylized as MIB: International) is a 2019 American science fiction action comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. It is a sequel/spin-off from the Men in Black film series, which is loosely based on the Malibu/Marvel comics of the same name by Lowell Cunningham. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Laurent and Larry Bourgeois, and Liam Neeson, along with Emma Thompson reprising her role from Men in Black 3 and Tim Blaney reprising his role as Frank the Pug from the first two films.
Talks of a fourth Men in Black film began after the release of the Men in Black 3 in 2012. In February 2018, Hemsworth signed on to lead a spin-off while Gray was hired to direct, and Thompson joined the cast the following month. Filming took place in New York City, Morocco, Italy and London from July to October 2018. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 14, 2019, by Columbia Pictures.
After the events of Men in Black 3, London has a branch of Men in Black (MIB). After finding the MIB base, a woman (Tessa Thompson) joins them. The head of the branch, High T (Liam Neeson), pairs her up with Agent H (Chris Hemsworth). These two secret agents become involved in a series of alien attacks that sends them traveling around the globe.
In February 2018, it was reported that Chris Hemsworth would star in the film, which would be directed by F. Gary Gray. The following month, Tessa Thompson joined the cast. In May 2018, it was reported that Liam Neeson was in talks to star in the film as the head of the UK branch of the agency. The film’s script was written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway and would be produced by Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes. In June 2018, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, and Les Twins were added to the cast of the film. Danny Elfman, who scored the first three Men in Black films, returned to compose the score for the film alongside Chris Bacon. Steven Spielberg returns as executive producer, who also has been in the first three M.I.B. films.
Principal photography on the film began on July 9, 2018, at Leavesden Studios and on location in London, and continued in Morocco, Italy, and New York City. Emma Thompson was announced as reprising her role as Agent O in the film later that month. In August 2018, Rebecca Ferguson joined the cast of the film. On October 17, Hemsworth confirmed that filming had wrapped.
Visual effects for the film will be provided by Double Negative and supervised by Alessandro Ongaro with the help of Rodeo FX, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Method Studios.
Men in Black: International is scheduled to be released in the United States and Canada on June 14, 2019. It was previously set to be released on May 17, 2019. The film had its world premiere in New York City on June 11, 2019.
In the United States and Canada, Men in Black: International will be released alongside Shaft, as well as the wide expansion of Late Night, and is projected to gross $35-40 million from 4,200 theaters in its opening weekend.
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Hey, men what happened?
When a woman recruit to the MIB mission is welcomed as part of Men in Black she raises her eyebrows and the head, again a woman, guffaws; oh don’t get me started on it.
Clearly, the humour of it all is apparent. So, is the gender correct core of the fourth outing of the famous franchise? With Tessa Thompson in a meaty, shall we say meatiest, part as probationary Agent M, no questions can be asked and no doubts can be raised about its inclusiveness on the count of gender as well as a world peopled with aliens of many sort. However, intention and some frothy one liners alone do not maketh a film. Much here is hackneyed and even though it begins well, ennui soon sets in. Sure, it is peopled by the strangest creatures, aliens and all, a sample of which we get in the very start when Molly as a child saves one.
As Agent M, she may be in pursuit of ‘truth of the universe’ expect no home truths here. Technical jargon of this sci-fi from neuralisers to weapons of mass destruction takes you from one thing to another. Agent M joins the best in the force Agent H. Once more they are out to save the world from the scum of the universe. But the pursuit from Paris to London to Marrakesh is rather cold and action lukewarm. The surprise angle of a mole within the organisation is ‘oh so predictable’, you can smell it the moment the word is uttered.
Sure, animated Pawn’s (Kumail Nanjiani’s voice) presence brings comic relief. As literally the chess piece of the board this critter’s interface with Agent M makes you smile more than once. He asks her; Are you the queen… and she answers without blinking; as much as any woman is. You bet. Indeed, wit permeates a major part of the narrative. Many an interesting dialogue is cornered by Tessa Thompson too. Thompson delights as much with her act as her one-liners.
Chris Hemsworth as Agent H looks as debonair as ever but is not quite the scene stealer we are so used to seeing him. Here, with a hammer in his hand we are fleetingly reminded of his Thor avatar but his charm is nowhere close to the superhero heroics. Come to think of it, it’s Thompson who gets greater pound of action too. Then another good actor Liam Neeson is built into the plot with little impact.
Intriguingly for a 3D film, spectacles too are not awe-inspiring. The so-called ‘threat to universe’ with eyes flashing and raising the gravel on the road, do dish out a stunt or two. But the visual wizardry is not quite impressive. Except for the vehicles whizzing past at spectacular speeds, transforming into flying gadgets and more, nothing much holds your attention. By the time Rebecca Ferguson appears as Riza with multiple arms and black and white configuration by way of a hair piece, you lose complete interest in the antics which are so ‘been there seen before.’ Despite a runtime of less than two hours, it remains only sporadically engaging. Watch it if you are a die hard fan of the Men in Black series or perhaps not if you rooted for the earlier pair of Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. Our verdict; humour can’t save these men and women in black.