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Despite a fresh cast, “Men in Black International” goes over the top and under expectations, writes Flipboard’s Mia Quagliarello.
The scene: The 4th MIB film cranks up the special effects, blasters, and locales. Gone are Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, replaced by rookie agent Tessa Thompson (Agent M) and veteran Chris Hemsworth (Agent H).
Between the lines: Thompson and Hemsworth proved their chemistry during “Thor: Ragnarok,” but critics say it’s not enough to save MiB International's shallow characters, weak script, and dulling of edges that made the original so good.
The bottom line: That the org is still called "Men in Black," even with female agents, gets a nod from Emma Thompson (Agent O), the only carryover from previous films.
- “I say ‘Men in Black?’ because I’m confused that that is the title of the organization, and [Agent O] goes, ‘I know, I’ve had the conversation, it’s taking time.’"—Tessa Thompson
- This kind of subversive rapport between the two women is "by far the most intriguing part of MIB: International, even if director F. Gary Gray doesn’t linger on it for very long," says Vox.