Men In Black: International (2 stars)

Men In Black: International

Fourth instalment in the series reboots the action-comedy to no great effect

New cast, same old story. Men In Black: International – the fourth in the series but the first without Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones – reboots the 'aliens-among-us' action-comedy to no great effect. True, we now have Thor star Chris Hemsworth to show off his pecs and flash that killer smile, alongside Creed's Tessa Thompson, but not even they can do much to pep up a CG-heavy story that takes us to London, Paris and Marrakech.

It's not that MIBI is bad; it's just that the franchise was never all that to begin with. Once again, the black-suited agents who protect the Earth from the scum of the universe are back in operation – overseen by Emma Thompson's Agent O (the only returnee from 2012's Men In Black 3). Tessa Thompson plays Molly, a wannabe agent who, after an encounter when she was young, has spent two decades hunting down these covert operatives.

When she finally infiltrates the New York MIB nerve centre, she's given her chance by Agent O – a trip to the problematic London branch, run by Liam Neeson's High T. There, newly-christened Agent M (Thompson) finds golden boy Agent H (Hemsworth), his reputation enhanced after saving the world in the French capital. There is a plot – sort of – involving a crystal-like weapon and an alien race called the Hives, but it's nothing to write home about.

Directed by F. Gary Gray – whose last two films Straight Outta Compton and Fast & Furious 8 were far more compelling than this – the film relies far too heavily on Hemsworth's insouciant charm, which isn't quite enough to get us over the line. Enjoyably, there is The Big Sick's Kumail Nanjiani, voicing the diminutive alien sidekick Pawny, but with Rebecca Ferguson wasted as a multi-armed extraterrestrial, it all feels like just another high-budgeted Hollywood non-event.

General release from Fri 14 Jun.

Men in Black: International

  • 2 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • Directed by: F. Gary Gray
  • Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Les Twins, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson

Molly (T. Thompson) is a wannabe MIB agent who’s given a chance by Agent O (E. Thompson) and teamed up with golden boy Agent H (Hemsworth). It’s not so much that it’s bad, more that the franchise wasn’t much to begin with: here, a CGI-heavy story relies far too much on Hemsworth’s insouciant charm. A high-budget non-event.