Men In Black (1997)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5

USA, 1997.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Amblin Entertainment, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation.  Story and screenplay by , based on the comic by . Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by Bo Welch.  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Illegal aliens are living in the United States, but not the kind you’d assume. Will Smith is recruited by top-secret agency official Tommy Lee Jones to help rid the country of extra-terrestrials who are in the US without permission, and thanks to an arsenal of high-tech gadgetry at their disposal they are able to pull the job off. The concept is charming, but a short running time and flat direction by Barry Sonnenfeld doesn’t really put this one that far above other science-fiction adventures of its kind. Smith and Jones make a fine team though, and are helped along by a great supporting performance by the sexy .

Academy AwardBest Makeup
Nomination:  Best Art Direction; Best Original Score-Musical/Comedy

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy

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