There has been a lot of talk lately about "good 3D movies," and "bad 3D movies."
A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas is an example of bad 3D, the 3D was used as visual stunt to make the audience giggle, but didn't enhance the movie going experience and would have been just as good without 3D.
Filmmakers can look at 3D in two ways, as a stunt or as a way of showing off. When they are showing off, that's when things get good, they take the technology and ask "how far can we push this?"
From the time Nicole Scherzinger struts her stuff onto the screen to the very last frame of Men In Black 3D, Director Barry Sonnenfeld is showing off and the result is the best of the Men In Black trilogy.
Visually Sonnenfeld takes you from a futuristic lunar prison to the top of New York City to the first Apollo launch in Cape Caneveral and all of it is as believable as it gets. Up until MIB3D, I have always loved the Apollo launch sequence from Apollo 13, it's loud, beautifully put together and makes you feel like you are there.
What Sonnenfeld does in his version makes all others seem ordinary.
From a story perspective, Men In Black 3D delivers as well. Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith and Josh Brolin play their parts to a tee, with a dialogue that fits their characters, but isn't canned or played out. Unlike The Avengers which is a great action movie, with a little dialogue scattered in, MIB3D mixes the visuals with a solid script to keep you watching and listening.
The story seems simple. K- Tommy Lee Jones is being hunted by an alien criminal that he put into prison 40 years earlier, Boris The Animal. Boris escapes from prison (don't worry, I'm not giving anything away) and travels back in time to try and kill K, to change the course of history.
Will Smith or Agent J, travels back in time to try and stop the plot, which is where he meets Brolin, who is K, just 40 years younger. Brolin does such a good job of playing Jones, you begin to believe they did actually transport in time.
The jokes, the visual effects, the battles, the aliens, the script are all top notch. What makes Men in Black 3D so good, is the last 5 minutes of the movie. There is a twist that propels this from a great action movie to a great movie and shows that even after 14 years, good story telling trumps all the fancy Hollywood wizardry out there.
Men in Black 3D opens in theaters nationwide on Friday. Don't miss out on your chance to catch the latest and best installment of Men In Black.