“ Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Science Fiction / Theatrical Release: 1997 / Director: Barry Sonnenfeld / Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith ... / DVD released 29 July, 2002 at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Collector's Edition, Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen „
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- Story -
Agent K is a member of a secret organisation dedicated to tracking aliens living disguised as human beings on earth. He's becoming rather old and decides that he needs a new partner, so when quick witted and sharp NYPD detective James Edwards is spotted, he's asked to undergo tests alongside other people and is eventually recruited. It doesn't take long until a new plot for earth to be destroyed is uncovered and they don't have long to save the day.
- Thoughts & Opinions -
Men In Black is a modern CGI packed, large budget version of what could have been a b-movie of the past. The concept of aliens living amongst us is hardly new, although this has a good mix of comedy, with the aliens featured being very exaggerated to a comic extent, with many visual effects used. Given the quirky, gothic style font used with the opening credits/titles at the start of the movie, I'd say its almost (Tim) Burton-esque, although its not as dark as his movies but its just as quirky, I think it'd be fair to say.
As I say, there is plenty of action as well as comedy and the two main characters, agents J and K (played by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith respectively) play off each other quite well, with one being the older, wiser one who knows how things operate and the other obviously being the more rebellious, 'young punk' type who has to come to terms with what he's got himself into and is rather too enthusiastic to 'kick some alien butt' shall we say. However, K certainly doesn't shy away from putting J in some rather awkward situations to help keep him in his place so to say!. There are some creepy scenes with insects oozing out of orifices and distorted speech featured which will either seem quite cool or slightly disturb young children, indeed this movie is rated PG, so its recommended that you accompany young children when watching it I believe, though otherwise I think this is quite a good family movie - there's plenty to entertain older viewers and the visual effects and range of characters including some cuter type alien characters such as a talking pug dog and an alien squid(!) should enchant younger viewers. I like some of the ideas behind it, while as I say its hardly an entirely new concept in terms of the basic idea that aliens live amongst us in disguise, there are some funny, more modern takes on this, with the large display screen in the MIB HQ showing many instances of CCTV type surveillance, each one on a different alien who is disguised as a human being - look closely when its shown and you might recognise a celebrity or two (also a sports star is mentioned as being one of these disguised aliens in the last scene - makes you wonder what he thought about that mention lol).
I say this is modern, although it shouldn't be forgotten that this movie was originally released in 1997, so its already nearly 15 years old and has spawned one sequel, with a second (Men In Black III) due out I believe in May this year (2012). Its not hard to see why, this is quite a popular and as such a successful franchise - I've seen this movie in full probably at least 3 or 4 times and I can happily say that each time I've seen it, I've still been entertained and enjoyed it - it doesn't really feel particularly dated at all to be honest, which is pretty good going overall. I'm quite keen on Will Smith's movies, he has starred in a fairly wide range of movies from comdies to action and rom-coms and he tends to pick quite good scripts, putting in a decent performance for most of these movies, this one is certainly no exception, although there was one of his films I was rather disappointed with but it was that unmemorable I can't even remember what it was called (Hitch possibly, although I think I might be thinking of another one - I love Seven Pounds and The Pursuit of Happyness though). Tommy Lee Jones is also a veteran actor who puts in another decent performance as well and indeed the chemistry (shall we say) between the two of them works particularly well - in that sense its a bit like a buddy cop movie, with one tolerating the other and some amusing dialogue between the two, although without the visual effects it wouldn't be the same.
If you've been put off watching this presuming it to be purely for kids and maybe trying to be a bit too clever then I'd say you might be missing out - I don't think it takes itself too seriously and it has something for most viewers to enjoy, younger or older. Its hardly the most breathtaking of stories but its certainly quite entertaining and the special effects make it worth the watch, in my opinion.
- Would I Recommend It? -
Yes I'd recommend this movie. I'd be surprised if anyone had never heard of it but as a comedy/action and I suppose part sci-fi movie, its certainly one of the better ones I've seen. It features a good amount of both action and comedy, with some decent dialogue and good visual effects (if a little gross at times for younger viewers). This is a good family movie which should have something to amuse most everyone and the two main actors put in pretty solid performances, so im happy to recommend this movie.
Men in black is one of the first films I watched over and over again. I am a Will Smith fan and love most of his films, but this must be on of my favourites. First of all it is Sci-fi, yet if your not into that and your one of those people who cant suspend their disbeleif, this film is still accessable as it is not the type of film that you need to beleive it is real to enjoy. The fact that out of the two main characters, one is taking it very seriously and the other thinks how we would (not beleiving) makes it very easy to watch and immediately gets you on side with the film.
The basic story is that there is a government agency that protects the earth from aliens, but I wont go into it as most of you will know the story line, and if you dont, read the back of the dvd, its not a difficult one to get your head round!
A great film, that if you let yourself enjoy it, you will. As for the collectors edition, I would say its not worth it, buy the dvd by all means, but I got into buying DVDs for a collection, and now they are all blu ray, it has been a complete waste of time and money - so dont bother!
Now first of all I must mention this is a film only review. I have not seen the DVD so cannot comment on the extras and other bits and pieces on there.
Men In Black came out way back in 1997! Can you believe its twelve years ago already! This film was massive at the box office and has been a real big hit ever since. The film was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. This film won itself an oscar as well as getting lots of awards and nominations. I would describe this as an action Sci Fi Film.
The film tells the story of.... well some men in black. They are a secret government agency that basically tracks and covers up alien life forms that are living on earth. Agent Kay finds himself and new partner in agent Edwards who is played by Will Smith. But Edwards is looking to bring some new style to the job. While all this is going on some rather nasty agent types are trying to destroy the world, so the Men in Black must stop there evil plot and save the world.
I'm not a fan of Sci-Fi films but this one broke the mold. This is a Sci Fi comedy and there is loads to enjoy in this film. I like the fact that it does not take itself to seriously, its just a really good fun film.
Even though this is a silly comedy there is a really good storyline. And there is lots of really good action in the film and the effects are fantastic. Some of the aliens are so realistic and you forget they are just models.
Will Smith plays a really good part in this film, am still looking for a Will Smith film I have not liked. All the actors do well as well ad make the film a really good one. You get involved in the story and it really flies by as you are enjoying it so much.
The film runs for 98 minutes. This is quite short really, I think they could have bulked the film up a little and made it a little longer. The film does go so fast as there is so much you can enjoy all the way through the film.
The film is rated as PG. There is some swearing in the film and some viloence and some scenes young children may find a little scary. But other than that there is nothing in there that should offend anyone.
Overall this is a really good film that has so much to enjoy. What ever you are into there is something you will enjoy in this film. It has a little bit of everything and is a great film. If you have never seen Men in Black its a film you really should go and check out as soon as you can!
"Here come the men in black!" Yes, I think most people will have heard, if not seen, Men In Black. It was a very popular film and one which seems to stick in peoples minds because it has a lot going for it.
Men In Black was released in 1997, which surprised me because it doesn't feel like 12 years ago when I first watched it! It still seems quite modern, so even if you haven't seen it yet it's still worth a watch now because it doesn't seem to feel outdated.
It's rated PG and so it's suitable for family viewing, and I think it does seem to have a wide appeal across age ranges and tastes. For example, I enjoyed this film, even though I don't consider myself to be a sci-fi fan, because it has a warm and comical edge that most people will appreciate.
To strengthen my opinion that it's a decent film with a far-reaching appeal, I've just learn that on top of an Oscar win, it also has 17 other wins and 28 nominations accredited to it. Not bad!
Men In Black has a quality feel to it. As a Columbia Pictures Production, the film was made with attention to detail, good special effects and a strong cast. Most notably in the cast are Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, who together really bring the film alive.
The film is based on extraterrestrial life. At first, this notion put me off slightly as I'm not a sci-fi fan, but the storyline actually made very little difference to me in this respect. Smith plays the newest recruit to a top-secret organisation and is given the name Jay, though he's very naïve about what the job actually entails. We quickly learn that Jay, and his partner Kay (played by Jones) are part of an organisation to monitor alien activity.
The film is based on Lowell Cunningham's Men In Black comic book series, and I think the film did the stories justice in bringing them to life. So much so that it made over $587 million worldwide!
Starting with a UFO crash, it appears an alien terrorist has made his way to Earth to on an assassination mission and to discover a super energy source by the name of 'The Galaxy'.
The 94 minutes take us on an adventure with Jay & Kay in New York to track down the alien infiltrator, but it's not as easy at it sounds. The alien is part of the 'bug race', able to take on the form of a human. We first see him take the body of a farmer, which, I must admit at the age I first saw this, was actually quite creepy!
The adventure is fast-paced and action packed, so it's easy to watch because there's no time to get bored or lose your concentration. More characters are introduced along the way, adding colour and variety to the film. The actors/actresses, (including Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio and Rip Torn), play their parts well and are believable to watch, well, as believable as an alien adventure can be!
There are a few things that make this film so memorable. For instance, the black uniforms and shades! Some of the lines in the script are also quite poignant, such as how the agents are protecting the earth from the 'scum of the universe'. The theme tune, sung by Will Smith, is also very memorable, and tells a lot about the slick, kick-bum attitude of the film!
The best bits for me are the ones with Will Smith, just because he's so suave and confident in his role. Everyone who's seen Smith in other tv and film roles will know his character and how he can light up anything he's in, and he really does bring out the best in this film. Add Tommy Lee Jones to the mix, and we have a great rapport between two very funny guys which is comical and warm to watch.
The only downside is learning that the mind eraser pen they use hasn't yet been invented, which is a shame because I wanted one of those ever since watching this film! Other than that, there are no downsides as such that I can think of.
A great movie that's easy to watch, entertaining and imaginative, and should be watched at least once!
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This is an alien film with a difference. Forget unwanted alien invasions like Mars Attacks or War Of The Worlds where its humans verses aliens. Men In Black shows aliens living quite content amongst humans with a government organisation called Men In Black policing the situation. By that I mean if any alien oversteps the mark Men In Black representatives are there to keep them in line and transport them away from earth if needed. The Men In Black also have a memory erasing device which they use when a human finds out about an alien. It's a case of aliens can live with humans as long as the humans don't know it.
The acting in this film is brilliant. Pairing up Tommy Lee Jones with Will Smith as his trainee assistant was a stroke of genius. The two really bounce off each other making very comical situations. Will is the act first and think later kind of guy, whereas Tommy plays the cool one who gets there without all the fuss.
The main story of the film centres around a feud between two factions which is brought to earth so the Men In Black organisation need to sort it out. Who wins- you will just have to get the film to find out!!
A special mention has to go to the special effects team who created some really stunning work in this film. Some of the best aliens i have seen. All in all a fun film all family members can enjoy.
Men and Black is a Sci Fi comedy directed by Barry Sonnenfield and starring Will Smith and Tommy lee Jones who hunt and protect manking from aliens.
The film is very toungein cheek with Will Smith agent wisecracking his way through complecated scenarios and Joneses character being the more dry of the two. They compliment eachother well and drive the story into a fun and exciting direction. Based on idea that a giant bug is looking to destroy the world the story is set to bring in some great character such as rip torns head of MIB and the Pug dog with an attitude.
The effects are spectacular and bring a fun and comical element to the film. The Dvd extras are great for explaing the effects but also shed light on how hard it was to bring some characters to life. The evtras also let you play around with scenes so allow you to edit your movie experience slightly.
Will Smith is fun and delivers the best performance as the newly recruited MIB and steals the limelight somewhat from Jones.
BUt all in all this is bonus dvd to have
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Men in Black is a classic sci-fi comedy that really makes the best of fantastic comedy between leads Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, and it also helped to confirm Smith's status as a bankable Hollywood superstar. Clever, knowing, and with some groundbreaking visual effects, it's no surprise that this was both a huge critical success, and also a massive financial one, making $589m upon its release in theatres.
The film revolves around a secret organisation - the Men in Black - who investigate paranormal activity on Earth, attempting to ensure that most people never realise that there are, in fact, Aliens on Earth, hiding and very much among you at the same time. The film begins as Det/Sgt James Edwards (Smith) is recruited by the Men in Black, and is partnered with Agent K (Jones) as he begins his training as an MiB. This results in his identity being erased he simply being named as Agent J. Simultaneously, they must deal with a burgeoning alien threat, as a Bug is attempting to find a miniature galaxy to capture, placing Earth square in the middle of a dangerous intergalactic war.
The MiBs must attempt to diffuse the threat, and also try to keep the public ignorant to avoid panic, using a device called a neuralyser to erase the memory of any person who comes unwittingly into contact with the bugs. Their investigations lead them to the morgue, where they meet Laurel Weaver (Linda Fiorentino), who Agent J becomes infatuated with, and brings along, much to the behest of Agent K.
A superb sci-fi with great effects, an engrossing storyline and two stars who have a great rapport, Men in Black understands the kitschy quality that makes these sort of films so enjoyable - the effects are stellar but also fun looking, and the performances really make this shine.
Men in Black was made in 1997 and is a film based on the Malibu comic by Lowell Cunningham.
The film begins with Will Smith a member of the NYPD chasing a suspect in a crime. He manages to follow him up a tall biulding where the suspect jumps to his death.
Agent Kay of the Men in Black spots the talent in Will Smith after chasing down on foot what turned out to be an Alien. He invites him to a meeting at MIB headquarters for new recruits. Will Smith is given the job after beating the other aplicants.
The film then follows the adventure of the two MIB agents as they try to prevent the destuction of planet earth by aliens.
This DVD version has both 4:3 & 16:9 formats on disc one. In the special features it has over 1000 images, two different commentaries & extended & alternate scenes.
I really like this film. For a sci fi film it isn't too out there & has quite a few laughs & good action scenes. It has also spawned a sequel & a theme park ride in Florida.
If you want to watch a fun film that is light going & will entertain you for a couple of hours, I would recommend this.
I don't know how many times I've seen this film to be honest. But after not having seen it for a long time, I recently watched it again with my family. I was somewhat surprised to find that even after all this time, the film did not seem old, tired or boring. I even laughed louder than I had originally when I first saw it. After that, I just had to review it!
Rumour has it that the Men in Black do actually exist, but that in reality what they do is visit people who have reported sightings of UFOs and potential alien things, and "encourage" them to keep it to themselves. This could mean they are not such nice people, and may use threatening or even violent tactics to achieve their goals. Of course, whether or not this is true, I don't know. But this film has been inspired by those theories, to create something a little more friendly. Whether or not you believe or would like to believe that there are aliens out there (or here), you have to admit it makes for a good story.
In this film, Will Smith plays James Edwards (soon to be known as "J"), who is approached by the current MIB agent, known as "K" (Tommy Lee Jones), who somehow knows he has had an alien experience and starts to think he could be MIB material. After undergoing some weird tests, James is offered the job. He will get to see what really goes on, even here on planet earth, how aliens live amongst us and what they get up to. He'll be involved in all the exciting things that come with it, including maintaining peace with other planets, galaxies and so on. The only catch is that he will cease to exist as a normal person.
Funnily enough, he accepts and becomes "J" with no fingerprints, an entire history of his existence wiped, and his first mission begins. When a royal from another planet is murdered, a galaxy must be located to stop that planet going to war against earth, but a montrous bug-loving alien is on a rampage to find it too, and escape earth with it!
Will they catch the cockroach man and save the world?
As I say I really found this film funny, even after having seen it several times! The story is totally bizarre and well, out of this world, but that's why it is so good. It might seem childish, but I've noticed that a lot of the humour, I actually appreciate more now I'm older - and there are the odd more adult-suited hints of humour thrown in from time to time.
Will Smith, in my opinion, has always been a great actor, whatever he's been in, from Bad Boys to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Here is no exception, and whilst the film is generally really good, he gives it that extra fun and his jokes always come naturally. He is very likeable, and it does mean that the character is a bit one-sided, but I think that's just how the film is meant to be, uncomplicated fun.
Tommy Lee Jones is also impressive here, and this is the film I always think of when he is mentioned, which must say something because I am then more inclined to watch films he is in. There are a few cheesy scenes for him that I didn't feel really suited him, but he still pulls it off well enough.
Linda Fiorentino plays Dr. Laurel Weaver, who works at the mortuary where one of the aliens shows up. She was pretty good at portraying a sensible, intelligent person, and her character made the film more interesting, especially in bringing out the issues of having to wipe people's memories to stop everyone finding out about aliens. Although kept light-hearted, the flirty connection between her character and J makes you think about how sad it must be to have to keep such a big secret and not have the chance for them to get to know each other properly because she has to keep forgetting!
I loved the alien graphics, even though it was kind of obvious from the strange way they moved and their appearance that they were computer graphics. Certainly their variety and characterised appearances made the film more exciting, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. There are some really yucky scenes and those are sometimes more effective than others, they may put the more squeamish types off their food!
Have you heard the adapted "Forget-me-nots" song, "Here come the Men in Black"? It certainly went down well at its time of release, even if it was not to be a long lasting song. The soundtrack is generally quite good and still sounds new, even after how many years? 12? I think this is meant to be a cool film, and one that people remember, and in that it has been a success.
Definitely worth a watch, especially if you're into either sci-fis, comedies, or both. Since I'm still enjoying this film so much, I would most recommend buying the DVD, although it's probably better appreciated when you don't see it too often. Apparently the story does not end here, but I've not seen the sequel so cannot comment. I am curious but skeptical. Nevertheless, this was a good film in its own right.
Although I think most reviews are posted under this category - there doesn't appear to be a generally "film only" category on DooYoo for this, I think it only fair to at least comment on this edition. I'm sure some will expect that. The only thing that would really interest me, as I'm not bothered about commentries, however they are done, is that this edition has alternate scenes and it's always nice to imagine what else could happen and see if your ideas are matched. There is also a music video, which was funny at the time, but would get tiresome. I'd probably only recommend if you are into Collector's Editions or a big MIB fan.
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are the Men in Black, part of a top secret elite government agency set up to monitor and control alien life forms living amongst us on Earth.
The story of the film tells us that aliens have been living with us since the 1960s, living normal lives in human bodies. Most of these aliens are friendly and pose no danger, however we soon discover that we're on the verge of an intergalactic war and it's Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones' job to stop it.
Men in Black is a great film, with Will Smith using his trademark quick fire humour and Tommy Lee Jones being as cool and calm as you'd expect him to be. Obviously the film includes a lot of CGI which looked great at the time, but is now appearing a bit dated - although it is over 10 years old now.
The storyline, jokes and action sequences are excellent and will appeal to both kids and adults alike. Great fun for all the family.
James Edwards is a hard working New York cop, who gets caught up in fantastic events, when the suspect he's chasing displays some otherworldly abilities. He's trying to come to terms with the events of that night when he's paid a visit by the mysterious Kay. Kay works for a top-secret organisation that polices alien immigration to the Planet Earth.
Investigating Edwards' suspect, Kay accompanies Edwards to a jewellery shop owned by Jeebs to identify an alien weapon. Jeebs runs an illegal alien weapon store on the side of his shady jewellery business and Kay wants to shake him down. Edwards, on the assumption that it is a routine interrogation plays good cop to Kay's bad cop. However he is shocked when Kay produces a ray gun and blows Jeebs' head off, his shock turns to stunned disbelief when Jeebs head regenerates and proceeds to give Kay the information.
Trying to get a handle on the situation is difficult and becomes pointless when Kay produces a device called a neuralyser and proceeds to erase Edwards' short-term memory. But Kay has been impressed by Edwards' performance and invites him to MIB headquarters in New York for an unconventional job interview.
Edwards passes the test and is offered a position as a Man In Black, but the job comes with a catch, Edwards agrees to have his identity and history erased, down to his fingerprints. From now on he will only be known as Jay.
While these relatively mundane events are occurring, galactically significant matters occur when a UFO crash lands at a farm and the farmer, Edgar is killed. Assuming Edgar's form, a galactic assassin begins a search for the Galaxy. The Galaxy is in the possession of an Alien dignitary and is essential to interstellar peace. When Edgar kills the dignitary and goes on a rampage in New York searching for the Galaxy, Kay and the newly recruited Jay must stop Edgar and recover the Galaxy before an Alien battlecruiser destroys the Earth.
The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer. The picture is uniformly pristine and sharp. The colours are strong, but by and large this isn't a very colourful film, set as it is mostly in the city and strangely enough, big on black.
The design of the movie is excellent, with a wide variety of interesting aliens inhabiting the universe. I think the general MIB design, especially of the headquarters is inspired, with a very sixties feel to the piece. This is echoed in the costumes, sets and weapons.
There is a wide choice of sound options, English, French and German in DD 5.1 and English again in DD Surround. The sound is competent enough, but nothing special. The surround feels under used and the action is definitely localised on the screen. The music is definitely a signature of the film, and the theme is comedic and appropriate to the feature, it's just not very memorable. Will Smith contributes with another movie rap to end the movie with.
This disc is brimming with extras and you can spend more time with these than on the movie itself. Let me summarise. Starting with an 8-page collector's booklet, there is also a multiple angle Tunnel Scene deconstruction, building up the scene over five layers. There is a production photo gallery with 40 odd pics.
There is a 23-minute documentary, Metamorphosis of MIB, detailing the creation of the movie from the comic book source. It is a very FX oriented documentary with minimal contribution from the actors.
There are 5 Extended and alternate scenes totalling some 4 and a half minutes. There are some character animation studies taking a look at 3 alien characters again using multi angles, with 4 layers each. There are 3 storyboard comparisons and storyboard galleries for 2 scenes.
You also get a conceptual art gallery, covering some 9 categories ranging from characters to weapons. The obligatory filmographies for the cast and crew are supplied. There is a 7-minute featurette that I'm afraid is little more than an extended trailer. Speaking of trailers, you get the teaser trailer for MIB and the theatrical trailer. You get Will Smith's rap lite video for the movie, which whilst pretty to look at, does little to entertain otherwise.
The cream of this crop has to be the Visual commentary with Barry Sonnenfeld and Tommy Lee Jones. To get the full effect, you have to switch to pan and scan rather than anamorphic, but you then get cute silhouettes of the commentators who get to draw on the screen to make their points a la football punditry. The commentary is good and informative. Sonnenfeld is critical and objective while Tommy Lee Jones takes the viewpoint of the audience and asks the questions we want asked as well as making his own observations.
A brilliant idea is the ability to choose the topic you want to hear about from the commentary, and jumping to the scene. It's a shame that other movie commentaries don't follow suit. I must mention the menu design. It's brilliant and adapts the MIB headquarters to good effect without ever seeming cluttered.
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones star as Jay and Kay. Will Smith plays a familiar role as a smart mouthed, wise cracking policeman thrown into the deep end against an alien menace. Will Smith's character is exactly what we expect from him and he doesn't disappoint, being charming and flamboyant as always. Tommy Lee Jones is always excellent and livens up this film as Kay. World weary and very cool, he easily steals the show.
Linda Fiorentino is Laura Weaver, a medical examiner who gets caught up in the adventure when the MIB pay a visit to her morgue. Her character is interesting as she shows a morbid fascination with her subject and a twisted sense of humour, but unfortunately, the character is never satisfactorily developed.
Vincent D'Onofrio is the alien/Edgar and plays the alien with a wonderful quirkiness and of the wall physicality. Rip Torn gives good value as the MIB head, Zed and Tony Shalhoub makes a brilliant appearance as the momentarily decapitated Jeebs, and yes he is wearing prosthetics.
Men In Black is a funny intelligent movie that entertains from beginning to end. The two principal characters are well developed and the pace relentless. Linda Fiorentino is captivating but under used, and a great cause of that must be the running time. Released in a period when movies averaged well over two hours, MIB bucked the trend by being an anorexic 97 minutes. The film works on the strength of its characters and set pieces.
Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are a fab duet in this modern Sci-Fi film. They really have bucked the trend bringing sci-fi to the masses and doing the impossible - making it funny!
This film was originally based on a Marvel comic. A secret government agency who wear black suits and Ray-Bans (hence Men In Black) confront any illegal aliens on Earth. The aliens come in various guises ranging from bug eyed, slime covered horrors to dog shaped cute ones, and, in the final scene giant cockroaches with very bad attitudes.
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are paired together by MIB to keep an eye on aliens in New York City and must try to save the world after the aliens threaten to blow it up.
Will Smith plays J an arrogant ex NYPD officer. Tommy Lee Jones plays K the experienced MIB member about to retire. These are the 2 main characters but the who cast is big budget. TLJ and Will Smith work really well together and you can tell that there really is chemistry between them. I think this is what makes the film special and sets it apart from others.
Great film with great actors. Im a sci-fi convert after watching this - not just for geeks!
"You know the difference between you and me? I make this look good," says the rookie Agent Jay to his veteran partner Kay.
Lines such as that made Will Smith an overnight Hollywood star, on the back of Bad Boys and Independence Day; and were largely what made Men in Black successful at the box office. The charisma is what makes the film so likable and worthy of numerous repeat viewings- the best Sci-Fi Comedy I've seen since Ghostbusters.
If you didn't know already: there are fifteen hundred alien refugees on Earth; most good, some occasionally bad. The "Men in Black" (M.I.B. for short) are part of a top-secret private agency, which attempts to keep the planet in order by "neuralyzing" the memories of witnesses and replacing them with more pleasant ones.
When word breaks out regarding a new alien threat to civilisation, Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) decides it's time to bring in a new partner. He recruits young NYPD hotshot James Edwards (Smith) after a series of confusing tests and begins showing him the ropes, in which Edwards struggles to adapt to (much to the delight of the audience).
Loaded with witty character exchanges, Men in Black evokes great laughs for all the family, even beyond the impressive visual effects. The screenplay, credited to Ed Solomon, is brilliantly written; Jones and Smith just ooze chemistry and make an inspirational pairing whenever they play the scene, as if they possess a natural off-screen friendship (they probably have).
It's not a movie that offers detailed reasons to why there are alien life forms on Earth (this is a comic book adaptation, after all), but Men in Black does bring UFO conspiracy theories to life via the hilarity of its characters. Forget what you thought you knew: the MIB are good guys, and they're hear to protect you from the scum of the Universe.
In the film, a secret government agency designed to protect us from aliens must save the world from a giant alien that drives a exterminator truck. Armed with great weapons, will they save the world, or will it fall into enemy hands?
The cast does a fantastic job and fit into their roles very well. The script is entertaining and funny in places. The directing is great. The story is easy to understand so everyone can watch. The film is packed with action from start to finish. The story is predictable but can be watched over and over again before it will get boring.
The message of the film is entertaining and doesn't get in the way of the plot. The plot twists will keep you entertained.
The DVD picture and sound quality is very good, but it is worth upgrading to Blu if you have the money. The DVD features are very good with some informative commentaries and behind the scenes footage. The deleted scenes and other information are also worth a watch.
In short, this film is full of action and contains lots of great preformances from the cast. The story is predictable but can be watched over and over again.
Men In Black was an instant hit when it was released in 1997, with on form actors Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith providing non stop entertainment whether it be action or comedy, in this sci-fi comedy about two men who protect the world's friendly aliens against those evil aliens who are somewhere out there! Director Barry Sonnenfeld controls things brilliantly from his director's chair.
James Edwards is a hard nosed streetwise cop who is recruited to be an agent tasked with a top secret mission: to protect the world from evil aliens! Under the wings of mentor Agent K, James, now known as Agent J, learns how to defend the earth against the worst scum of the universe, and when aliens threaten to destroy the planet, he is launched straight away into a dangerous mission!
What I liked about the film is its ability to poke fun at the very core of its existence: the aliens. It makes fun of the potential alien life forms and does so equally at the expense of its stars. Smith and Jones are the perfect combination for the hard nosed agents, and they are joined by some strong supporting roles from Rip Torn, Linda Fiorentino and Vincent D'Onofrio. The remainder of the cast do well.
The prime intention of this film is to be a comedy, and as long as you look at it like this, then the preposterous sci-fi elements can be easily overlooked and just treated as cinema. Yes, there are many elements of the film that leave themselves open to the criticism that they're not possible, but in all honesty, it's a sci-fi comedy that isn't supposed to make us think it's all real, it's designed to entertain, and it does this very well.
The special effects are brilliant, and the guys really have gone to town on them. Sonnenfeld ensures that the interaction between the live stars and the created aliens end up working well together on screen. There's nothing worse than watching a film with creatures in where it's blatantly obvious that one has been superimposed on the other, but Men In Black doesn't have that problem.
Overall, a very well done film, with a little emotion in there just to pave the way for the sequel, Men In Black II, not as good as this first film, but still a very well made film. This first film, Men In Black, is available from amazon.co.uk for £3.98.
This imaginative comedy from director Barry Sonnenfeld (Get Shorty) is a lot of fun, largely on the strength of Will Smith's engaging performance as the rookie partner of a secret agent (Tommy Lee Jones) assigned to keep tabs on Earth-dwelling extra-terrestrials. There's lots of comedy to spare in this bright film, some of the funniest stuff found in the margins of the major action (a scene with Smith's character being trounced in the distance by a huge alien while Jones questions a witness is a riot.) The inventiveness never lets up, and the cast--including Vincent D'Onofrio doing frighteningly convincing work as an alien occupying a decaying human--hold up their end splendidly. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com On the DVD: This Collector's Edition disc contains a "Visual Commentary" that features director Barry Sonenfeld and actor Tommy Lee Jones in an anecdotal conversation, but with the unique twist that they are displayed as silhouettes on your TV screen (imagine you're sitting in the back row of the cinema and they are up front) using a pointer to highlight particular events on screen. If you have a widescreen TV, the menu prompts you to switch to 4:3 mode to see this. There is also a "Visual Effects Scene Deconstruction" in which the tunnel scene and the Edgar Bug fight scene are dissected into their constituent parts; an in-depth documentary, "Metamorphosis of MIB", which charts the progress of the concept from comic book to screen; five "Extended and Alternate" scenes; trailers, including a teaser for MIB II; and Will Smith's "Men in Black" music video. --Mark Walker