Mandatory Movie Battles: Will Smith’s ‘Men in Black’ vs. Chris Hemsworth’s ‘MIB: International’

In 1997, the galaxy was treated to the first Men in Black movie and the perfect dynamic duo of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Over two decades and a trilogy later, director F. Gary Gray helms the latest iteration of the story in Men in Black: International. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, International serves as a spinoff of the original story, focusing on new characters and the London branch of the MIB organization. With a rough start at the box office, how well does the 2019 movie hold up to its predecessor? Our latest Mandatory Movie Battle pits two generations of alien-fighting secret government agents veering for the top spot in the extraterrestrial franchise.

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Men in Black still holds up and will likely forever stand the test of time. Men in Black: International serves as a somewhat enjoyable homage to the first film, but with little focus on its own narrative. Up against an iconic sci-fi action comedy like Men in Black (which even won the 1998 Oscar for Best Makeup and earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical), it’s fair to say that Men in Black: International won’t be winning over as many fans as the original. That said, International is a worthy enough contender to spend a night on the couch with, so keep that in mind when the Blu-ray releases later this year.

Overall Winner: Men in Black

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