Men in Black (1997)





Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony Shalhoub, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Mike Nussbaum, Jon Gries, Sergio Calderón, Carel Struycken, Fredric Lehne, Richard Hamilton, Kent Faulcon, John Alexander, Keith Campbell, Patrick Breen, Becky Ann Baker, Sean Whalen, David Cross, Tim Blaney


In present-day America, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) is a member of an organization that has been keeping track of extra-terrestrial aliens on Earth for over 40 years. When K finds himself in need of a new partner, a brash NYPD detective, James Edwards (Will Smith) fills the position, becoming Agent J. Armed with space-age technology and their razor-sharp wits, J and K investigate a newcomer who is bad news for Earth.


Although Will Smith and Aliens gives the already-seen movie feeling, Barry Sonnenfeld's science fiction comedy feels fresh.

Based on Lowell Cunningham's comic book, Men in Black might not be deep, but is a blaze of entertainment, fun, and mashed colorful aliens.

Even though the script isn't that brilliant and not entirely coherent, and some scenes are needlessly too long, there are several elements that makes the film very enjoyable. First of all, the extremely likeable Agents. Confident, and efficient one, exuberant and irreverent the other one. The contrast between the two of them is great.

The gags are great. Many of them are connected to legal aliens living on Earth in disguise as anything or anyone. Seriously, who knew that Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg, and Elvis are aliens. The jokes are good as well. The film is aware of how silly it is, and that's probably the reason why the jokes work here.

Another element that deserves to be mentioned is special effects: they are fantastic. There are loads of aliens/monsters, they all are amazingly done, and some some of them are very funny. Very well done.

The acting is another pretty strong element. Both giving great performances respectively as Agent K and Agent J, Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith have a wonderful, and hilarious chemistry together. Linda Fiorentino, and Rip Torn are also good. Vincent D'Onofrio gives an outstanding performance and makes the villain look even more creepier.


K: Fifteen hundred years ago, everybody knew that the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew that the Earth was flat. And fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow.


  1. This movie is just flat out fun and starts with the chemistry between Smith and Jones. They make a perfect pair.

  2. Divertentissimo, uno dei film che ho apprezzato maggiormente da ragazzino

  3. I have heard a lot of things about this and the consecutive movies, so I know I will be watching them at some point. I love Will Smith's acting for the most part and a good comedy is always welcome.