With the comedic chemistry on display between Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in Thor: Ragnarock , reuniting them for a potential reboot to the Men in Black franchise seems like a no-brainer, right?
Which is why it’s a bit of a head-scratcher that Men in Black International isn’t funnier or more engaging than it turns out to be.
Thompson plays a young woman who has an encounter with an alien and the infamous MIB young in life. Avoiding being neutralized, she makes it her goal to find the famous agency and become part of it. It’s in the first half-hour or so as we see Thompson’s Agent M (as she will become known) trying to find the infamous shadow organization that this latest installment is at its most fun and clever. But it’s once she finds the agency and becomes a probationary agent that things become a bit less fun overall and the movie grinds to a halt a bit.
Which is kind of a shame because Hemsworth’s Agent H, who is living off the fame of one famous night three years before where he helped saved the Earth from invasion, seems like he should be a lot of fun to spend screen time with. He’s arrogant, brash, and at-times in over his head. And while Hemsworth and Thompson clearly have chemistry, the script doesn’t really do them many favors once they get together. There isn’t quite the same level of odd-couple chemistry that made Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith work so well.
A CGI-alien voiced Kumail Nanjani livens things up in the last hour a bit. Indeed, I found myself wishing that maybe a spin-off series with the CGI alien and Agent M might be in the offing — or a web-series at least.
As with other entries in this series, the story hinges on retrieving an alien item before various nefarious parties get hold of it. The script tries to give us a bit of a twist with a potential mole inside MIB, but I’d honestly guessed the identity of this player long before the script gets around to filling in H and M. It’s as the movie is wrapping up and possibly setting up a new franchise that things start to get interesting again. Though given that the film didn’t set the box-office on fire, it seems like it may have been too little, too late.