If you’ve ever wondered why Tommy Lee Jones is the way he is (or how he became like that), MIB 3 will give you the answers. The third installment of the “Men In Black” franchise sees Agent J (Will Smith) go back to 1969 to save Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) from Boris, the baddest guy from an alien race that destroys planets in its path. Boris has been pissed off for all of the forty years he’s spent in the prison on the moon, and wants to go back in time to save his left arm, which Agent K blew off. With one of those space guns – y’know, one of many the gadgets you expect to see in movies like Men In Black. There’s also a time-travel device which would make James Bond very happy. And a car that contains two motorcycles, on which Bond and Batman could go broke-backing together.
But more importantly, MIB 3 works better than 1 and 2 did. It’s not Boris (who hates being called Boris – The Animal), but the younger Agent K, played by Josh Brolin, who makes the film worth watching. Brolin slips into his Agent K of the 60s so easily that the 3D effects and the Austin-Powerish jokes fade into the background. It’s like he’s making fun of Tommy Lee Jones while showing that he can act well. The planet-destroying aliens are hardly a threat in this movie; it’s about what Agent K did with Agent O (Alice Eve, the younger O, is hot!), and Men In Black 3 gets it right by having just a few main characters and a good script, and by not pretending that it’s more than a fun story about saving the world.