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VINE VOICEon 6 January 2003
I thought it was brilliant when I heard they were making a Men In Black 2. After all, the original MIB film was one of the slickest, coolest and funniest films of the late 1990's. However, when I heard they were bringing back the character of Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) alarm bells starting going off in my head. In MIB1 he had been 'neuralised' (his memory as an MIB agent erased so he could go back to the life he had before) and in this film we see Jay (Will Smith) attempting to 'deneuralise' his ex-partner because he has vital information that will save Earth.
Sounds uninspiring doesn't it? That's because it is.
After failing to restore Kay's memory, the two MIB agents embark on a rather boring journey where Kay gradually gets his memory back in their quest to find 'The Light' and preventing it from fallen into the hands of the scantily-clad yet evil Surlenna (Lara-Flynn Boyle).
As for the lose ends from the other film such as what happened to Kay's wife/girlfriend he dreamed of going back to and what happened to the female morgue worker who became Jay's partner in MIB1; they are briefly mentioned before being brushed off and never talked about again. It's a shame really because it would have been interesting it see if Jay and his love-interest from MIB1 actually hit it off.
This film has very little pace or action until the end and you get the feeling that it has been very, very rushed. The ending itself is dissapointing and rather predictable, but nobody was expecting a great ending from such a poor film anyway. Most of the jokes in the film fail to even raise a smile, and most of them come courtesy of Frank the dog who isn't funny at all (him singing to 'Who Let The Dogs Out' on the radio was his funniest bit. That's saying something.)
This is a big dissapointment even for MIB fans (which I was back in 1997 when the original came out) and this even went some way to marring my enjoyment of the first film when I watched it afterwards. Another thing they made it worse for me is that my friend has seen it in America and claimed it was 'way better than the first one', so I kind of let myself get caught up in the hype leading to even more dissapointment.
I give MIB2 two stars but knock one off if you don't fancy Lara-Flynn Boyle because she is hot;) and she probably does create some motivation for seeing the film (if you're a guy anyway) but if you want to experience the best of MIB, stick with the first film.
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