Instead of the focus being solely on a big alien threat to eliminate, in Men In Black – International,there’s the pressing matter of a mole within the MIB organisation to deal with.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson, my favourite thing about Men In Black – International is the visual effects and Emma Thompson’s character. All the other key characters weren’t terrible but unfortunately the script for director F. Gary Gray’s movie just seemed overly complicated and not as exciting as initially hoped.
Hemsworth and T. Thompson’s chemistry did help matters. Nevertheless, approximately twenty minutes into the movie, I realised I was missing Will Smith’sMen In Black (1997)performance. There’s something about his comedic expertise that I feel would have added an extra layer of humour and fun to this film. To be clear, I’m definitely not saying that ‘Put Smith in this movie and it would have been great overall’, because for that to be true, a much better story and script is required. I just think that Men In Black – International could have been better, more exciting and funny.
One other little highlight is the well choreographed fight scenes. They helped me to stop dwelling too much on some of the dodgy dialogue, my general disappointment and the cheap plastic toy gun noises made by some of the MIB weapons early on in the movie.
Watch Men In Black – International if you’re curious. It’s kind of fun. It’s just not especially good.
Directed by Steve McQueen (Shame 2011); starring Viola Davis, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson and Robert Duvall, Widows is without a doubt very well acted and devoid of any dull moments. There are one or two unexpected turns I enjoyed and everyone performs very well in McQueen’s crime / thriller, a story about four women in need of a way to survive after their husbands’ criminal activities leave them in massive debt.
I’ll start by say that I generally appreciate the quality in movies where everything isn’t overly explained. I like moments where the audience is trusted to connect the dots and make sense of things. Widows is a movie that has a handful of such moments which are well executed. Yet, I’d also say that the ending aside, McQueen’s film feels oddly incomplete somehow.
The feeling of incompleteness comes first from not knowing enough of the back story of some of the characters. We get to know a fair amount about a few key players but I was certainly left wanting when it came to Cynthia Erivo’s very intriguing Belle, for example.
There are also questions I had pertaining to one or two of the dead bodies and how they were disposed of. You may be reading this and be thinking: ‘The brown notebook, silly!’ And you wouldn’t be wrong by saying that. Nevertheless, I still wanted to be fully convinced by how the story played out especially when it came to the widows’ turn to criminality. Unfortunately, even though I came close to being convinced, I just wasn’t – not completely.
It may may well be that I’ve seen far too many television crime dramas / thrillers that show just the right amount in order for me to buy a story wholeheartedly. Either way I’m now of the mind that Widows may have been better suited to a miniseries format. That way it wouldn’t feel quite so heavily edited and somehow incomplete. There’d certainly be more time for me to get to know a greater number of the characters in a more satisfying way.
Every one performs well but my favourite performance in Widows is delivered by Farrell. I really enjoyed watching his super entitled politician’s son character and listening to what sounded like a very convincing accent. Elizabeth Debicki also delivered some fun turns I wanted more of.
Overall, Widows may not be my favourite McQueen movie but it definitely isn’t bad either. Perhaps you’ll find that it couldn’t possibly be more complete.
The Coen Brothers’s latest movie The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs features six different storylines about the American frontier that all centre on a man named Buster Scruggs.
James Franco, Liam Neeson, David Krumholtz, Brendan Gleeson and Zoe Kazan are among the stars…
I can’t say that this trailer has me especially excited since very little happens in it. Nevertheless, it was great seeing Liam Neeson pop up. Overall though, it’s really my love for Ethan and Joel Coen’s previous movies, namely True Grit (2010) and No Country For Old Men (2007) that are the real reasons I’m open to watching this.
Matthew Willig, Tim Blake Nelson, Saul Rubinek and Tom Waits also star.
Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Martin Scorsese, Christian Bale and Tom Hanks – to name just a few; Spielberg is a new Susan Lacy directed documentary about the highly respected director Steven Spielberg’s career…
I’ll watch to learn more about Spielberg. I also just want to listen to a bunch of my favourite filmmakers talk about movies.
Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Sam Neill, Patrick Wilson, and Dean-Charles Chapman are the the stars of The Commuter; aJaume Collet-Serra directed mystery/ thriller about a businessman caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home….
Filmically speaking, I’ll pretty much follow Liam Neeson anywhere – because of Taken (2018). It also helps that this trailer looks especially good, as do the very beautiful shoes on Vera Farmiga’s feet.
From writer / director Peter Landesman, The Silent Man (New Title – Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House) stars Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Kate Walsh and Michael C. Hall. It’s the true story of Mark Felt, a man who under the name “Deep Throat” helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal in 1974…
Before this trailer, I knew nothing about The Silent Man and the people / incidents it’s based on. After Neeson’s engaging monologue, I sure hope that the film’s dialogue will be great. Neeson’s words actually took me back to how much I loved the dinner table scene in the first teaser trailer for Black Mass (2015). The memories!
Ike Barinholtz, Marton Csokas, Maika Monroe, Tony Goldwyn and Josh Lucas also star.