'Men in Black: International' could be the sleeper hit of the summer

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Seven years after “Men in Black 3” hit the big screen, the
franchise is back with a new cast and the playfulness that made the
original with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones such a hit.

“Men in Black: International” (in theaters Friday) stars Chris
Hemsworth as Agent H, a star agent based out of the London office;
while Tessa Thompson is Molly, who has dedicated her life to
seeking out the Men in Black. After finally tracking down the MIB,
Molly gets her chance to shine as she’s brought on for a trial run
and given the name Agent M. She’s assigned to the London branch and
hits it off with Agent H. The two quickly get caught up in a
mission to save the world.

Honestly, the first half of the movie is kind of dull as it goes
through the usual beats to build the character development and
plot. The movie really takes off once the mission is at hand. The
jokes hit better, the chemistry between Hemsworth and Thompson is
stronger, and Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) steals every scene
voicing the alien Pawny, who befriends the MIB duo.

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What works well for “International” is the movie leans in head
first on its zaniness, down to the “Beetlejuice”-like font in the
opening credits.

Also, Hemsworth and Thompson are great doing the buddy cop
thing. Coming off their work together on “Thor: Ragnarok” and
“Avengers: Endgame,” they really get to play off each other in this
movie and it leads to a fun time (the movie also has a great Thor
joke in it).

Perhaps it’s because I’ve gone through a bunch of weak sequels
lately before seeing this, but I would not be surprised if
“International” finds an audience throughout the summer and becomes
a sleeper hit for Sony. You don’t need to have any knowledge of the
three previous movies to enjoy it, and the star power of Hemsworth
and Thompson is enough to get you through the slow start and still
enjoy it.

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'Men in Black: International' could be the sleeper hit of the summer