Men In Black: International is a cookie cutter action movie that just happens to star two of my favorite actors. Unfortunately, getting their hands on Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth did not change the fact that I felt nothing during this incredibly predictable, mundane action movie.
Tessa Thompson plays Agent M. As a child, M had an alien experience and was conveniently overlooked by the Men In Black, a secret organization that polices alien life on the planet Earth. Usually, they wipe your memory if you bump into an alien, but they forgot M. Now an adult, M tracks down the Men In Black and somehow gets recruited. Her first case sends her across the world and partners her with Agent H, played by Hemsworth. The two must now solve the case and save the world from an alien threat.
Beat by beat, this is as formulaic as a movie can be. Every plot development played out as expected. Every plot twist was foreseeable (hint hint, there’s a traitor). From beginning to end, everything played out as it has in many other similar movies. As a result, this movie was boring.
Which is unfortunate because I like Thompson and Hemsworth. It’s too bad that they don’t really have that much chemistry. I know they were in Thor: Ragnarok, but even there, they weren’t perfect together. Here, they have even more scenes together and it’s a little awkward to watch.
Ultimately, this was just a money grab by a big studio. You grab two rising, big name actors, reboot an old franchise we haven’t seen for a few years, and tell a thoughtless story with lots of explosions and quips, but no depth. Add those all together and you get Men In Black: International.
That’s not to say that I don’t think anyone will enjoy this movie. There will be people who will loves this movie purely because of Hemsworth. Surprise surprise, he does take his shirt off in this movie and there are muscles. A lot of people like that. There are explosions, spaceships and big guns. Lots of people like that, too. In other words, if you’re looking for a fun, superficial summer action movie, this is about as exactly generic as it gets. If you’re looking for a movie with something different or with some depth, this movie isn’t it.