Say what you will about Will Smith, but you can’t deny that the man is really damn charming.
I mean, I mean charming “leader”. “I can never play the bad guy” charming. “Engage the drums and still be seen as the charming” hero.
Don’t worry, this will be the first and last reference to all of this in this article (maybe). We have great commentary here if you want to go back to what happened, what was it? Two years ago? It’s been two years.
Anyway. you should watch men in black. Now. If you’ve been struggling to love Will Smith lately, this movie will remind you why we’ve loved him for over three decades, minus a week or two.
If you need proof of Smith’s endless charisma and magnetic personality, imagine the world where David Schwimmer played Agent Jay. Of course the movie would have been fine, and legions of Friends fans would have likely made it a box office hit. But I don’t know if we would want to see it again even five years after its release. With all due respect to Schwimmer, but, in this alternate timeline, men in black would have had the endurance of our universe Men in Black II.
Luckily, we get this movie instead, where Smith and co-star Tommy Lee Jones have great duo chemistry, quiet star power, and comedic timing so perfect I often laughed out loud.
On its surface, men in black is a sci-fi/comedy about a tense government agency tasked with keeping the existence of aliens among us a secret. Beneath, however, lies a story of regret and the changing faces of government and law enforcement.
When it comes to acting and ambiance, director Barry Sonnenfeld and screenwriter Ed Solomon know every moment doesn’t need a laugh. They know that to nurture these characters, we actually need to know who they are. For example, take the scene where Agent Kay shoots Jeebs (Tony Shalhoub).