While watching The 1997 film Men in Black, I had 11 thoughts

While watching The 1997 film Men in Black, I had 11 thoughts ...

Men in Black made its debut 25 years ago and once again crowned Will Smith the king of the Independence Day box office. Today, the film's director Barry Sonnenfelds is still as offbeat and heartfelt as it is from the moment on the go.

I was able to recall a few more unusual thoughts about a film I still know quite well in the near future. On this very special anniversary, I had eleven different thoughts. Here's what I was planning while rewatching Men in Black.

Men in Black Is A Better Sci-Fi Film Than Independence Day

Take a beat to read that note and breathe, because I have an explanation for this. While Independence Day is a fantastic action/disaster movie, that summary shows you where the movies are. Similarly, when it comes to Men in Black, it is the other way around.

Men in Black is putting an end to admiring the world where aliens exist, and the total bureaucracy has been created to follow them. Even when Agent J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are confronting the scum of the universe, there is a wide-eyed sci-fi lens looking at it all.

Will Smith Makes The Perfect Outsider Expert

A fun comparison between Will Smith's men in black and Independence Day is the comparison between the two films. Captain Stephen Hiller is a true blue cocky hero with moments of disbelief that Will Smith was perfect for, even if he almost missed out on that ID4 role. The same cannot be said for James Darrell Edwards III, who we come to know as Agent J.

Men in Black enlisted the help of Will Smith, who is experienced in self-driving, while, as Agent K puts it, knowing precisely what he is entering. J is a smart ass, but he is also very calculating, and has his own book he is reading when dealing an investigation. To believe that earlier Men in Black drafts focused more on K.

Vincent DOnofrio Should Have Gotten An Award for His Edgar Performance

Men in Black was my introduction to Vincent DOnofrio as a kid. Both as a farmer and as a terrifying alien bug were you able to play Edgar. Looking back on this performance, the dude deserved some sort of an award, or at least a major nomination for his work.

Playing the true Edgar was simple enough, as DOnofrio has the skills to be imposing. But can that be done with the off-kilter physicality of the alien walking around in an Edgar suit, and still be imposing? That is a skill that not many people, and Vincent DOnofrio deserves much more recognition for that.

25 Years Later, Men in Blacks Dialogue And Comedy Stay Together

It's easy to return to a childhood favorite like Men in Black and to be confronted with outdated features. Jokes about celebrities of the time to moments where the studio is obviously trying to cash in on its hot lead of the moment are excellent ways to keep a film's longevity going. Even with Will Smith, tabloids, and a Dennis Rodman joke acting as the films ultimate button, these factors don't alter the film adversely.

1997, though compared to the previous day, doesn't make it the whole personality of the piece. Ed Solomons' script uses a timeless lens to look at the world behind the everyday facade we interpret, and its got moments that are as applicable now as they were back then. A lot of time, I still quote from time to time in conversation.

Agent L Deserved To Be In The Sequels

The last two areas I will focus on at length are things I have sat with for a while. Dr. Laurel Weaver/Agent L (Linda Fiorentino) absolutely should have come back for the Men in Black sequels. Although, why did she have been a bit of a mystery, though, that hasn't stopped stories from being told.

Without knowing why Linda Fiorentino missed out on the release of Men in Black II, it is important to see Agent L have a chance to co-head the second film; however, this would have given us some extra punch to the Agent Ks return.

In black sequences, I still don't hate the original men.

Youve probably assumed by now that im not talking about any of the other Men in Black trilogy entries as if they are a pox upon the land. Well, thanks to the fact that I enjoyed the movies that were followed, except for Men in Black International. Nothing would have saved the spinoff, as even Sony's chairman knew it went wrong.

While I prefer the time traveling antics of Men in Black III, there are still some positive to be found in the first follow-up. Missed opportunities, like the omission of Agent L, were not enough to sink either of the next two movies. Not to mention, the third installment reintroduced Josh Brolin's perfect Tommy Lee Jones impression. Theres a lot of reasons to love Men in Black III, but people only need to be open to them.

Other Random Thoughts I Had About Men In Black

There are a number of things I might talk about with Men in Black, such as how Agent K swears about his dislike of powdered coffee creamer or that the films Will Smith song Men in Black will never be overtaken by Comin (Nod Your Head). This is a topic that isn't really a lengthy discussion, but more of a bullet point; and to that end, heres my last thoughts about Men in Black:

  • Someone needs to put the Men in Black cartoon series on streaming.
  • Face/Off and Men in Black makes for an awesome double feature.
  • How has Jeebs not gotten a spin-off by this point?
  • The Orions Belt twist is still as clever as ever.
  • Tommy Lee Jones Spanish is first rate in the opening.

With all of that in mind, I hope you get a chance to experience Men in Black again this weekend. 25 years later, and it's still as funny and insightful as it has ever been. However, the aliens of this universe are still some of the most visually exciting examples committed to the screen. Now's the time. If you haven't thought of revisiting this classic before, you may be certain.