15 years ago, Barry Sonnenfeld, a cinematographer (When Harry Met Sally, Miller's Crossing, Misery) turned director (The Addams Family, Get Shorty), landed one of 1997's surprise box office hits. Men in Black, a comic-based science-fiction comedy about a surly older man and a talkative young Will Smith working for an organisation fighting alien criminals, was released to wide critical acclaim, grossed over half a billion dollars, and was nominated for three Oscars, winning one. The sequel followed five years later. It, too, made enough money to be called a hit but most critics loathed it, and not without reason: Men in Black II was sillier, cornier, more banal, and less imaginative than its predecessor. And now the world is presented with Men in Black 3. Can Barry Sonnenfeld return to the class of the original? Unfortunately, no, but compared to the first sequel the second one is a breath of fresh air and well worth the price of admission.
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