Rating: PG-13 for language, intense action
Run Time: 1 hour, 28 minutes
‘Tis the season to be bored silly at the Cineplex, but “MIB2” is in keeping with this season’s stable of high-quality summer surprises.
Hip, black-suited Jay (a very capable Will Smith) is still in the business of monitoring extra-terrestrial activity on earth, or, according to MIB’s unsullied mission statement: “protecting the earth from the scum of the universe”. While investigating a routine alien crime with the help of his temporary partner Frank (a wise-cracking pug), Jay uncovers a diabolical plot engineered by an evil Kylothian monster named Serleena (Lara Flynn Boyle).
Serleena has returned to earth in the guise of
Bringing Kay up to speed isn’t easy. Jay has to locate a de-neuralizer to jog his memory, then convince him that he’s the only living being left with the expertise to save the galaxy from Serleena’s fundamental plan of destruction. Three-cent stamps, anyone?
The mark of a respectable summer blockbuster is one of two things: unadulterated thrills or genuine laughs. I laughed long and hard at MIB2, particularly at Frank the Pug, who virtually steals the show with his irreverent one-liners. On the physical front, Stan Winston has trotted out a remarkable display of tricked-up space invaders, each one more eerily imaginative than the last. Danny’s Elfman’s mood music is the perfect side dish for this gourmet display of special effects and action vignettes.