Movie: Men in Black: International
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Rafe Spall
Director: F. Gary Gray
Rating: * * *
Fantastic Beasts! Where to find them?
In Men In Black: International, the latest instalment in the franchise that began 22 years ago.
Will Smith! Tommy Lee Jones! The MIB you had grown accustomed to. where to find them? Not in this chapter scripted by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway from the Malibu Comic by Lowell Cunningham, you won't.
You must settle instead for Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth who are decidedly not second best. Nosirree. But if you seek the same chemistry as witnessed in Thor:Ragnarok, do not. Still, the duo is delightful enough - Hemsworth plays cocky agent H whose sexploits are forced to a stop, well sort of, by new recruit M ( for Molly) who had always longed to enlist as a Wo(man) in Black for some close encounters with aliens.
(Good to see more and more science-loving women characters in film, considering that women scientists in real life have invariably been marginalised)
Agent M also raises the subject of gender equality ( just like Raven/Mystique in X Men - Dark Phoenix )
Impressed by her persistence MIB's chief of station Agent O ( Emma Thompson) posts her to the London branch, where she and H are tasked with protecting a friendly extra-terrestrial. subsequently, they are despatched to retrieve aforementioned alien's mysterious and powerful gem. However, their mission becomes almost impossible, when it transpires there is a traitor in their midst. But who?
Certainly NOT Hemsworth's Agent H who emulates Pierce Brosnan, infusing sex appeal ( yes even in pale pink pants) with smartass silliness. There's more of Bond. Global hospots. Femme fatales. And gadgets galore. The sleek automobile driven by H & M (and I'm not talking about the Parel store) comes equipped with high tech armory. It can also be manouevered over land,sea and sky. Whew!
Most of the aliens are eye-popping but the most memorable is Kumail Nanjiani's lilliputian creature who provides comic relief and deserves a spinoff.
Till then, enjoy this fourth outing.