Men in Black 2


Ebert:1/2 Rolling Stone: TV Guide:1/2

The best way to watch Men in Black 2 is to imagine that you just watched the first film, the picture fades, the words "4 years later" appear on the screen, and the movie continues for another 88 minutes.  The consensus from other reviewers thus far has been that the film lacks the originality of the first.  I will concede this point, but I do not believe it to have any adverse affect.  That's why they call it Men in Black 2!  We're supposed to be familiar with the characters and what they do.  Did anyone consider the light saber battles in Empire Strikes Back redundant because they had light saber battles in Star Wars?  Of course not!  What Empire did provide was bigger and better light saber battles, and MiB2 does the exact same thing.  It takes the best moments from the first film and gives us more!

Agent K has returned to civilian life while J is now the top MiB agent.  J has become disenchanted with MiB and his never ending search for a partner to replace K.  While investigating an alien on alien homicide, he uncovers a new threat to the planet.  Serleena, an evil Kylothian monster disguised as a lingerie model, is searching for something she believes was left on Earth, and only neuralized (memory wiped) K knows where it is. 

Almost every character from the first film is back again, and most with larger roles.  The film moves along at a very rapid pace from one action sequence to another.  The guns are bigger, there's tons more aliens, and the gadets and cars  are way cooler!  Will Smith is hilarious and Tommy Lee Jones gets some really good comedy done as well. 

The special effects are brilliant.  You can really see how effects technology has advanced.  My favorite is when they alter perspective but I won't go into it because it will ruin some of the cool moments from the film.  Just remember, at the end of the first movie, the Earth is just one of the marbles in a giant alien's marble sack!

Men in Black 2 is a perfect sequel.  If you liked the first movie, then you'll like this one too!  As far as I'm concerned, it's a story that never has to end.  And with a 4th of July, record breaking, $90 million dollar weekend box office, I'm fairly certain we'll be "back in black" again very soon.