Men In Black Review
Men in Black
2 Jul 1997
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Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
At the end, K looks up and says something about seeing the stars differently, because of his experiences.
The mini-goof is that K is not really seeing the canopy of stars overhead, as is implied, and I think intended that we visualize. Looking up from there, K might see several lights in the sky, possibly all of them planets.
Probably at her most attractive in this movie.
I noticed! There is something about her, perhaps voice and how deadly calm she is (as K points out “Queen of the undead thing going”), that’s just fantastic.
What is the most funny parts in MIB?
The most funny parts to me in the movie is when the lady husband turn to an alien and how he acted to her “get your big butt back in the house”. Then when he pulled back his face and then she fainted.
The part where Jay first meets Kay and they’re in the car on the way to Jeebs’ place and Jay asks him casually, ‘so who exactly are you with? CIA? NSA?’, at this point in the film being completely unaware of MIB and Kay just replies completely deadpan, ‘I’m part of a special agency that polices and monitors alien activity on the planet Earth,’ knowing that he won’t be believed. Tommy Lee Jones ran away with this film in my opinion.
Also, ‘no, ma’am, we at the FBI do not have a sense of humour we’re aware of.’ Genius delivery.
When jay is dragging the table towards him to take the test. I die everytime.
My favorite parts are J’s incident with the tentacles in the car and the sound Frank makes when he is shaken and J explaining what it looks like to pedestrians.
When, J, says “The dog owes my friend money.”
The bad guy acting like a poor mans beetlejuice throughout the film.
I’m not sure it’s the funniest part but when all the prospective recruits are taking the test got to me hard… by the time J is dragging the table I was actually crying of laughter in the cinema.
Any scene with Edgar in it.
Why would they send an unprepared agent like J right into the field.
He has the charisma, street smarts, and toughness to rival other agents yes, but he has little experience with alien creatures, how to interact with them, and how to use the weapons and gadgets MIB gives him. Even K mentioned that all skills and knowledge he knows mean nothing now so why would they ship him out without any sort of training?
If it’s to “learn by experience,” then that’s a terrible idea considering how dangerous and convoluted the missions are and how much of a hindrance he is to K who basically has to hold his hand throughout the movie and has to pull him out of dangerous situations that could’ve been solved if J was trained for several weeks rather than given a few words of quick explanation.
Well, initially the mission was just checking up on Edgar with that farm woman and seeing why that other guy was leaving NYC, I don’t think the MIB knew it was as big as it was when they sent J out.
While a period of training for J would be very logical in this story it would have slowed the movie down. Plus, part if the fun of the movie is seeing him stumble with his inexperience.
Vincent D’Onofrio pulling a gun on the tow truck driver
I’ll admit I’m not much of a gun expert, but from what I understand simply having a gun on you does not stop bullets from severely injuring you.
The scene where The Cockroaches truck is being towed, he pulls a gun on the guy towing it. The drivers reaction is “Pa-lease” as he points to a gun in a holster he has on. So, does this driver think he would be able to survive a bullet from Vincent D’Onofrio simply because he has a gun in a holster? I don’t get it
He’s a New York tow truck driver with a hand cannon. He’s seen worse than aliens in Edgar suits.
The driver was probably used to New Yorkers drawing guns on him, hence why he was neither surprised or intimidated. By showing Edgar his own gun he probably figured it would be enough to make him back off, as that’s what likely worked with everyone else.
The last thing the driver expected was for this guy to shoot him anyway in the middle of the street in broad daylight, but then again how could he anticipate Edgar really being a pissed off giant alien bug?
As for MIB, the tow truck driver was a part of NYPD (I believe) based on his uniform. Therefore, realistically he would have pulled the gun on Edgar and told him to put his hands up and “attempted” to arrest him.
the bug has done some pretty nasty things through out the movie so I wouldn’t have any trouble shooting the tow truck driver.
Why did K give J a deceptively powerful weapon on his first mission
That’s just asking for trouble.
I think it was a lesson, that things aren’t always as they appear… that or maybe some weird kind of “rookie hazing ritual”
But it was still a poor choice for a guy who is trying to teach him about being anonymous. Did you see how pissed he was when J discharged the weapon in public or better yet did you see how quickly J pointed his gun at K when K blew off Jeeb’s head in the beginning? It would’ve been safer not giving him a weapon that soon.
Lowell Cunningham’s comic ‘The Men in Black’ was much darker and dryer than the family-oriented sci-fi comedy this film adaptation was. In the comics, the MiB survey not only extraterrestrial activity, but paranormal and supernatural activity on earth as well. They are allowed to maintain secrecy by any means necessary (including elimination); they also had a secret agenda: to manipulate and reshape the world in their own image by keeping the supernatural hidden. The comic’s basic plot was of MiB Agent X going on the run and trying to keep from getting eliminated.
MIB Firing Range
According to the novelization, J is right to shoot Tiffany, the cardboard cutout on the MIB firing range. She’s actually a dangerous alien in disguise, while all of the other aliens around are completely harmless
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RT/Meta Critic Review
Men In Black deserves credit for supplementing its special effects with a breezy script and genuinely charismatic performances by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.(Click here to see)