"Reel Reviews: ‘Men In Black: International’ features all-star cast, stiff ‘buddy cop’ feel" by: Jessica Shepard

   Men In Black: International (MIB) had a good plot and all-star cast, but it lacked the same chemistry we’ve come to love and expect as its predecessors.
   There’s just something nearly iconic with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones teaming up as “buddy cops” to police alien activity on planet Earth that this film lacks.
   The film is sailing at the top of the box office worldwide and has raked in over $103 million dollars.
   Men in Black: International is a science fiction action comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. 
   The movie is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action, some language, and suggestive material.
   It is a spin-off of the Men in Black film series, which is loosely based on the Malibu/Marvel comics of the same name by Lowell Cunningham. 
   The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Rafe Spall, Laurent and Larry Bourgeois, Kayvan Novak, Emma Thompson, Mandeiya Flory, and Liam Neeson, with Tim Blaney also reprising his role as Frank the Pug from the first two films.
   In 1996, Molly Wright (Flory) witnesses her parents being neuralysed by MIB agents while she helps an alien escape, avoiding neuralysation herself as her parents assumed that she was asleep.
   Twenty-three years later, having been rejected in applications to the FBI and the CIA on the grounds of her “delusions” regarding the evidence of alien life, she manages to track down an alien landing and track the MIB agents back to headquarters. 
   Although she is caught upon entering the agency, Molly (Tessa Thompson) makes such an impression on Agent O (Emma Thompson), arguing that she has proven her skills in finding out about the organization’s existence and has no one and nothing tying her down, she given probationary agent status as “Agent M” and assigned to the London branch of the organization.
   Once in London, M meets High T (Neeson), the head of the London branch, and manages to arrange for herself to be assigned to assist Agent H (Hemsworth) in his meeting with Vungus the Ugly (Novak), a member of an alien royal family who has a long-standing history with H. 
   During their night out with Vungus, they are attacked by mysterious alien twins (Bourgeois and Bourgeois) who can manifest as pure energy, who mortally wound Vungus. 
   Vungus passes a strange crystal on to M before he dies, claiming that he cannot trust H with it since H has changed since they last met while H fights the Twins.
   The Twins end up retreating as Vungus dies and leaves H and M under investigation by C and High T.
   Although Agent C expresses disdain for H’s actions, M points out that few people knew Vungus’ location when he was attacked, which leads to the conclusion that Vungus’ location was betrayed by one of the MIB agents present when High T assigned H to guard him. 
   Reeling at the implications of a traitor in MIB itself, High T assigns C and M to conduct an investigation while H is relegated to desk duty.
   But, like with all MIB movies, desk work isn’t enough fun, so H and M embark on their own investigation with plenty of comedy and friendship growth before culminating in a mostly unexpected climax and ending.

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