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Men in Black

Movie Commentary by Scott Ventura


Scott's Rating:
3 / 5
Times Seen:
Viewing Date:
January 1998
IMDB Name:
Men in Black (1997)
Barry Sonnenfeld
action, comedy, sci-fi
MPAA Rating:
PG-13 for language and sci-fi violence.

Instant Summer Classic

I have to say, this was a very entertaining movie. The science-fiction side of it, what with the aliens and all, was not treated as something really fantastical. It was left to stand on its own as just a new interpretation on the craziness that's already in the world. This is largely due to the stone-faced performances of Tommy Lee Jones and Rip Torn. I was also glad to see that Will Smith didn't go too far with his performance either, keeping the tone consistent. Strangely, I didn't notice the score at all, and I almost always take note of the composer. In this case, it's especially shocking because I failed to notice Danny Elfman's work, and his stuff usually shines brighter than the movie it's a part of!

PS: "Star Trek: The Next Generation" fans get the bonus of seeing Carel Struycken again, but not as Mr. Homn.

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