The script was enough of a mess to stop the shooting for high-priced rewrites, but you know what they say about washing garbage.
The movie represents at least a partial return to form--not as inventive as the first, but surely better than the recycled materials that made up the second.
It turns out to be reasonably entertaining, though not enough to make me crave Men in Black 4.
The Smith-Jones duo's return as the titularly clad operatives, while not exactly essential, comes with the charms of reprised, well-liked characters and a "didn't-see-that-coming" conclusion that makes up for the first hour's sequelitis.
If there ever is a "Men in Black IV" -- and at this point, it's hard to imagine one -- let's hope it finds that delicate balance between the yuks and the yucks.
This spirited three-quel comes close to the exuberance of the first Men in Black and is a distinct improvement over its limp 2002 follow-up.
If you're looking for cinema verite, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a fun, fizzy sequel in a franchise left for dead 10 years ago, have at it.
J. R. Jones
As in most successful fantasy blockbusters, there's a comfortable balance between technological wizardry and human talent.
"Men in Black 3" has got the MIB mojo back - well, most of it anyway.