8:00 PM, 4th August, 2012
It is really hard to believe that it has been 10 years since the last Men in Black film and I've gotta say I've missed them. So I was really glad to see that once again our favourite MIB agents J & K are battling it out for Earth against colourful villains, with the use of great settings, CGI and comic relief in the face of imminent destruction.
In this film, Boris the Animal (bad alien) exacts his revenge after being locked up on the moon for 40 years since being arrested by Agent K. Boris's elaborate plan takes him back into the past which results in ripples being sent into the present. It is then up to J to save K and the Earth from the evil clutches of Boris. Easy!
One thing I just have to mention here are the scenes when J goes back to the past and meets up with the young 29-year old K, perfectly played by Josh Brolin. Brolin amazingly captures the persona, and even the distinct voice, of Jones so well that you can't help but forget it's him and actually completely believe it's just a younger version of Tommy Lee Jones that you're seeing. Weird!
Director Barry Sonnenfeld seems to have gotten his mojo back on this one. Boris is also a return to the half screwball and half menacing villains of old (remember Vincent D'Onofrio?). There are definitely a few dips along the way (unfortunately), but overall this film is undeniably entertaining, so come along and be entertained.
10:01 PM, 4th August, 2012
28 years ago, 13-year-old Donny was having a relationship with his teacher, Ms. McGarricle, until things went slightly awry... she was caught, sentenced to 30 years and had his baby, whom Donny named Han Solo. We've all been there.
Present day Donny (Sandler) is a beer-loving, directionless waste of space 40 year old in hot tax trouble with the IRS, owing close to $50,000. When he discovers his son Han, now renamed Todd Peterson (Samberg), is a successful hedge fund manager about to wed, Donny schemes a scheme. Todd has told everyone his parents are dead, so when his less (a LOT less) than desirable father appears, he attempts everything to keep up appearances with his bride-to-be and her well-off family.
A series of comedy pieces play out around this generally formulaic plot, leveraging off far too many racial and societal stereotypes to list. Some work more than others, but the bachelor's night out in a men's spa is hilarious and the following night out on the town (with Vanilla Ice in tow) is wondrous on many levels. Overall, That's My Boy carries the set pieces along with the balance of laughs and winces you might expect from Sandler's brand of political incorrectness.