Men in Black 3
|Men In Black 3|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Barry Sonnenfeld|
|Produced by||Walter F. Parkes
|Written by||Etan Cohen
|Based on||The Men in Black
by Lowell Cunningham
Tommy Lee Jones
|Music by||Danny Elfman|
|Edited by||Don Zimmerman|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||106 minutes|
Men in Black 3 (stylized as MIB³ and alternatively spelled Men in Black III) is a 2012 American 3D science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin. It is the third installment in the Men in Black film series based on Lowell Cunningham's The Men in Black comic book series Published by Marvel and Malibu Comics. It was released fifteen years after the original Men in Black (1997) and ten years after the first sequel Men in Black II (2002). Sonnenfeld and Steven Spielberg returned as director and executive producer, respectively. At 106 minutes, it is the longest of the franchise.
Men in Black 3 received generally positive reviews from critics and became a box-office success with a worldwide gross of over $624 million. Before adjusting for inflation, it is also the highest grossing film in the series.
In 2012, an alien criminal, Boris "the Animal", a Boglodite, escapes from a maximum-security prison on the moon and arrives on Earth, bent on taking revenge on Agent K, who shot off his left arm and captured him in 1969. He confronts K, who is with his partner Agent J, telling him he is "already dead". J then discovers that K was responsible not only for capturing Boris, but for deploying the "ArcNet", a shield which prevented the Boglodites from conquering Earth and led to their extinction.
Boris travels back in time to kill the young Agent K. With history altered so that K is long-dead, J finds that only his memory has been unaffected, and no one from the Agency understands his obsession with K until Agent O, the new Chief, deduces that there has been a fracture in the space-time continuum. With K out of the picture, the ArcNet was never deployed, and there is nothing to protect the present-day Earth from the Boglodite invasion, so J must travel back in time to stop Boris and save K. Back in 1969, he travels to Coney Island, knowing from the Agency's records that, in 1969, Boris will commit a murder there. He finds Boris, but is discovered and arrested by 1969 K, who prepares to wipe his memory, but decides at the last minute to investigate J's claims.
Eventually, they track down an alien named Griffin, who is in possession of the ArcNet. Griffin, who can see all future timelines and outcomes, warns J and K that Boris is about to attack, and flees. The agents track him down, but Boris captures him. J and K pursue and rescue Griffin, and acquire the ArcNet.
J, K, and Griffin fly to Cape Canaveral, Florida, where the ArcNet must be attached to the Apollo 11 rocket so it can be deployed in space. They are stopped by military police, but Griffin shows a skeptical colonel the future, convincing him of the importance of their mission, and the colonel assists them in reaching the launch site. As the agents climb up the rocket's launch tower, both 1969 Boris and 2012 Boris attack them. Using his time-travel device, J evades an attack by 2012 Boris and knocks him off one of the launch tower bridges. K shoots off the 1969 Boris's left arm, knocking him off the tower as well. The ArcNet is attached and deploys successfully when the rocket launches, with 2012 Boris being incinerated by the rocket's exhaust. 1969 Boris then attacks K, but the colonel jumps in front of K to sacrifice himself instead. K then kills Boris. The colonel's young son runs to his father, but K wipes his memory and tells him his father is a hero. Observing from afar, J realizes that the young boy is himself, the colonel is his father, and that K has been watching over him all his life. J returns to 2012 with the timeline restored, joins K at a diner for pie, and subtly thanks him for everything he has done.
- Will Smith as Agent J
- Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K
- Josh Brolin as 1969 Agent K
- Jemaine Clement as Boris the Animal and 1969 Boris
- Emma Thompson as Agent O, the head of MIB after Zed's death
- Michael Stuhlbarg as Griffin
- Mike Colter as Colonel James Darrell Edwards II.
- Nicole Scherzinger as Lilly Poison, Boris's girlfriend
- Michael Chernus as Jeffrey Price
- Alice Eve as 1969 Agent O
- David Rasche as Agent X, the head of MIB in 1969
- Will Arnett as Agent AA
- Keone Young as Mr. Wu
- Bill Hader as Agent W (Andy Warhol)
- Cayen Martin as James Darrell Edwards III (1969 J)
- Lady Gaga as Alien on TV monitors (Cameo appearance)
- Anthony J. Gallo as the four-armed alien
- Lenny Venito as the bowling-ball-headed alien
- Rick Baker as Brain Alien (Cameo appearance)
- David Pittu as Roman the Fabulist
- Lanny Flaherty as Obadiah Price
The film's premise was first proposed to director Barry Sonnenfeld by Will Smith during the filming of Men in Black II in 2002, with Smith suggesting that his character, Agent J, travel back in time to save his partner, Agent K, while at the same time exploring Agent K's backstory. Sonnenfeld said the idea "turned out to be a very long process of development, mainly because of the knotting [sic] issues of time travel". It was reported that Smith and executives were leery about bringing back Sonnenfeld because of conflicts on the set of Men in Black II. In a lawsuit filed against his former agents over commissions, Sonnenfeld alleged that Sony considered other directors for Men in Black 3. Sonnenfeld ultimately convinced all involved that he had a strong vision for the film.
The film was first announced on April 1, 2009, by Sony Pictures Entertainment president Rory Bruer during a Sony ShoWest presentation. By October 2009, Etan Cohen had been hired to write the screenplay. Sonnenfeld read the script and started working on it in January 2010. As of March 2010, Will Smith remained undecided whether to join this film or another, The City That Sailed. Sonnenfeld in May 2010 confirmed the return of Tommy Lee Jones and Smith. Both had expressed interest in 2008 in reprising their roles. Other staff includes Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald as producers, with Steven Spielberg as executive producer; all were producers of the two previous films.
In June 2010, writer David Koepp was hired to rewrite the Cohen script. A third writer, Jeff Nathanson, was hired in November 2010 to rewrite the time-travel segment of the script in which the story takes place in 1969. Nathanson and Koepp, along with producer Spielberg, had previously worked together on the 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Special effects artist Rick Baker created the practical aliens and prosthetic makeup for the film, reprising his role from the previous two Men in Black films. In designing the look for the alien creatures, Baker used the time travel plot device as an excuse to design "retro" looking aliens reminiscent of science fiction B movies of the era, saying, "In 2012 the aliens should look like Men in Black aliens and in 1969 they should be retro aliens. Fishbowl space helmets, guys with space suits with ribbed things on it, exposed brains, [and] bug eyes"
Principal photography began on November 16, 2010, even though, "We knew starting the movie that we didn't have a finished second or third act," director Sonnenfeld said in 2012. "Was it responsible? The answer is, if this movie does as well as I think it will, it was genius. If it's a total failure, then it was a really stupid idea." It was originally slated to commence on October 18, 2010, and continue until May 2011, in New York City, with shooting starting in 2010 partly in order to take advantage of a New York tax break in which the state rebates 30 percent of production costs incurred there. Filming was split into two parts, the first taking place from November until about Christmas 2010; the filmmakers announced shooting would begin again in mid-February, but it was delayed until April. Sonnenfeld initially stated he would be shooting in 3D, but later decided to film in 2D and convert to 3D during post-production.
Set photos for the film appeared online on November 17, 2010, showing Smith, Jones, Emma Thompson, and Nicole Scherzinger on set. Shooting was scheduled to resume from March through June 2011. Filming was done in April 2011 in the Morris Park section of The Bronx. Parts of Coney Island, in Brooklyn, had parking and filming permits posted for April 24 and May 2–4, 2011, production dates of what the permits titled MIB3. Shooting also took place in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood.
For the film, the Ford Taurus SHO was selected as the MIB's official car, replacing the Ford LTD Crown Victoria and Mercedes-Benz E-Class from the first two films. For the 1969 scenes, a 1964 Ford Galaxie was used as the MIB's official car.
This is the first time Frank the Pug was absent in a Men in Black movie, as well as Chief Zed, Jack Jeebs, and the actor David Cross. However, Zed is written in the story as having died and immortalized at MIB Headquarters, and a portrait of Frank can also be seen in J's apartment. An advertisement for 'The Incredible Speaking Pug' can be seen as Agent J enters Coney Island during his travel in 1969.
Under distribution by Columbia Pictures, the film was released on May 25, 2012 in theaters. The film is rated PG-13 by MPAA for "sci-fi action violence and brief suggestive content". The film is rated PG by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) for "mild language, innuendo and fantasy violence". The film is rated M by Australian Classification Board for "science fiction violence".
Activision has released MIB: Alien Crisis on May 22, 2012 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii. It features a never before seen MIB agent instead of Agent J or Agent K. Gameloft also developed a mobile phone video game based on the film released on May 17, 2012, for iOS and Android.
|Men in Black 3|
|Soundtrack album by Danny Elfman|
|Released||May 29, 2012|
The soundtrack for the film was composed by Danny Elfman and was released on May 29, 2012, four days after the film's release.
"Back in Time" by rapper Pitbull was originally released as the first single from the soundtrack on March 26, 2012. It is the first lead single for a Men in Black soundtrack not performed by Will Smith. The song plays during the end credits but was not featured on the soundtrack album.
All music composed by Danny Elfman.
|1.||"Men in Black 3 – Main Titles"||5:54|
|9.||"Out on a Limb"||2:00|
|12.||"Forget Me Not"||1:27|
|13.||"Into the Past"||1:37|
|14.||"Griffin Steps Up"||1:40|
|16.||"The Prize – Monocycles"||3:56|
|17.||"Boris Meets Boris"||1:26|
|18.||"Under the Bridge"||5:51|
|19.||"The Mission Begins"||5:27|
|21.||"A Close One"||1:33|
|22.||"Men in Black 3 – Main Title Revisited"||1:33|
Men in Black 3 received positive reviews from film critics. The film currently holds a 70% "Fresh" approval rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 6.1/10, based on an aggregation of 227 reviews. The consensus states: "It isn't exactly a persuasive argument for the continuation of the franchise — but Men in Black III is better than its predecessor and manages to exceed expectations, largely due to Josh Brolin's impressive performance." It has a score of 58 on Metacritic based on 38 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Roger Ebert gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, in particular praising Josh Brolin's role as the young Agent K, which he cites as an excellent example of good casting. Ebert also praised the "ingenious plot, bizarre monsters, audacious cliff-hanging" and the "virtuoso final sequence". Richard Roeper gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars while saying, "It's that rare threequel that doesn't suck. Great special effects, surprising amount of heart." A. O. Scott of the New York Times also gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars and commented, "Men in Black 3 arrives in the multiplexes of the world with no particular agenda. Which may be part of the reason that it turns out to be so much fun." Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly noted, "Sonnenfeld and Cohen move their baby along with an integrity and gait that ought to serve as a blueprint for other filmmakers faced with the particular challenges of reviving big-ticket and time-dated hunks of pop culture." Rafer Guzman of Newsday wrote, "The franchise is no longer the zenith of blockbusterism, and the gooey effects from Hollywood veteran Rick Baker look overly familiar, but Men in Black 3 remains an amiable comedy with some fondly familiar faces."
Conversely, Rene Rodriguez of The Miami Herald gave it 1 out of 4 stars and stated, "Men in Black 3 is so dull and empty, it's the first movie that has ever made me think 'Thank God this is in 3D.'"
MIB 3 has earned $179,020,854 in North America, as of September 9, 2012, and $445,005,922 in other countries, as of August 19, 2012, for a worldwide total of $624,026,776. It had a worldwide opening weekend of $189.9 million. It made the biggest worldwide IMAX Memorial-Day weekend ($12.7 million from 474 theaters), surpassing the previous record of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
In North America, MIB 3 earned $1.55 million during its midnight run from 2,233 locations. On its opening day, the film debuted at the top of the box office and grossed $17.7 million (including midnight grosses). This was slightly lower than the opening day grosses of its predecessors. During its three-day opening weekend, it topped the box office with $54.6 million, which was higher than the opening weekends of the two previous films. The movie then earned an additional $14.7 million on Memorial Day, bringing its four-day weekend total to $69.3 million. The opening weekend audience was 54 percent male and 56 percent over the age of 25. The film received a B+ CinemaScore. It remained in first place at the North American box office for one week.
Outside North America, MIB 3 is the highest-grossing film of the franchise and the tenth highest-grossing 2012 film. It made $135.3 million on its opening weekend from 85 territories. Its highest-grossing openings were recorded in China ($21.7 million), and Russia and the CIS ($16.9 million). It was in first place at the box office outside North America for two consecutive weekends.
Both Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones have said that they would "consider" appearing in a Men in Black 4. Jones said it would be "easy to pick up where we left off. We know what we are doing, we know how to do it. It's just a hell of a lot of fun." In July 2012, Columbia chief executive Doug Belgrad said: "We're very pleased with the financial performance of Men in Black 3, and we believe it is an ongoing franchise. We're going to do [another one], but we don't have clarity yet on how it should be done." Barry Sonnenfeld said: "Will's kind of really smart, but as I said, kind of really annoying, too much energy. When he would get too rambunctious, I would tell him save that for Men in Black 4, Will is out and [his son] Jaden Smith is in … if we continue on this path, it won't be released until 2032 but it will be damn good." Will Smith said that: "Jaden is already 13 years old, so he's at that mythological boys age, you know – it's time for his bro-mitzvah. So he's right at that place ... He's ready to test me so he can't come anywhere near my movies right now!" In early 2013, Oren Uziel was writing a Men in Black 4 screenplay for Sony Pictures.
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