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The View from the Couch: ‘Men in Black: International’

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“About the Movie” from the Official Men in Black: International Website:

“The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe.  In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.”

The View from MY Couch: 

Let’s start with the positive. Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, The Big Sick) voices Pawny, and he is the best part of the movie. Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Fat Thor) and Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok, Creed, Sorry to Bother You) have rather good chemistry as Agents H and M. Liam Neeson (Taken, Take 2, Taken 3) and Emma Thompson (Late Night, Beauty and the Beast) give performances that you would expect based on their career history. Most of the aliens are creative and look good.

Now, the negative. This movie was not very good. It starts very slow, and then the rest is just pretty boring. There is one decent fight scene, and one kind of okay chase scene. From the first scene of the movie, you know exactly how the movie is going to climax. Then, after the characters hold you by the hand and walk you to the big “twist”, the big climax/fight scene fall way short, in both time and excitement.

Every funny part of the movie is in the trailer (except everything that Nanjiani says made me laugh, as I write this I realize that I might just think he has a funny sounding voice). Speaking of the trailer, I saw it probably 25 times in the last month. The movie seems like an extended trailer. A two-hour-long trailer for a good Men in Black movie.

Recommendation:

This movie has 5 bonified movie stars. Hemsworth, Thompson, Nanjiani, Neeson, and Thompson. The movie overall is pretty disappointing, but the stars are reason enough to see the movie.  I would not recommend spending the money to see it in the BigD, IMAX, or any sort of large format screen. It isn’t a typical summer blockbuster, but it is enjoyable enough for a weekend movie night.

 

This movie does NOT receive The CouchPaptato Stamp of Approval

View from the Couch Movie Review Archive

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This is an archive of the movies that have been reviewed by CouchPaptato. You can see more information on the Grading Scale go -> here.

Movies:

  • ‘Toy Story 4’: 94
  • ‘Rocketman’: 92
  • ‘Booksmart’: 89
  • ‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’: 89
  • ‘Always be my Maybe’: 87
  • ‘Long Shot’: 86
  • ‘Late Night’: 86
  • ‘John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum’: 85
  • ‘Captain Marvel’: 84
  • ‘Lion King’: 83
  • ‘Shaft’ (2019): 80
  • ‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu’: 75
  • ‘Aladdin’ (2019): 71
  • ‘Yesterday’: 70
  • ‘Stuber’: 68
  • ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ (2019): 65
  • ‘Anna’: 60
  • The Secret Life of Pets 2‘: 55
  • ‘Brightburn’: 52
  • ‘Murder Mystery’: 50
  • ‘Ma’: 45
  • ‘Men in Black: International’: 40
  • ‘Dark Phoenix’: 30

 

The movies that are reviewed on newstalkwani.com are linked to their specific review. If a movie wasn’t reviewed on newstalkwani.com, it may have been reviewed on The CouchPaptato Podcast, so go check that out on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or SoundCloud.

View from the Couch Movie Reviews – Grading Scale

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All movies are rated out of a possible 100 points. I doubt any movie will get a 100/100. In my mind, that would mean that there is not a single thing wrong with the movie. A 100/100 is a perfect movie. I am doubtful it is possible to make a perfect movie. The general grading scale is as follows:

  • A: 90-99
    • An A movie is an incredible, extraordinary movie. A movie that is most likely an award contender. Not many movies make this mark.
  • B: 80-89
    • The B grade is the one with the most variance over the 10 points. A high B movie is one that is very, very good, very well made, and highly enjoyable. A solid B movie, one that would come in the mid-to-low-80 area, is a movie that was good, very enjoyable, and doesn’t have many issues.
  • C: 70-79
    • These movies have some sort of major issue, but they are still generally enjoyable throughout. It is very possible that another part of the movie helps it to overcome the major issue and that is why it landed here.
  • D: 60-69
    • If a movie gets a D, that generally means that I thought it was passable as a movie that I spent time seeing. I wasn’t thrilled that I saw the movie, but I wasn’t upset that I saw the movie. It passed my test but not by much.
  • F: 0-59
    • These are all the other movies. If a movie falls in this range, it is bad. How low the score is depends more on how many positive things you can say about the movie. The lowest scoring movies are probably going to be so bad they are kind of funny and worth watching.

The View from the Couch: The Secret Life of Pets 2

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Summary from The Secret Life of Pets Website:

Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with some major life changes. His owner (Ellie Kemper) is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm, Max and mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet) encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey, all of which only elevates Max’s anxiety. Luckily, Max gets some guidance from veteran farm dog Rooster (Harrison Ford, making his animated-film debut), who pushes Max to ditch his neuroses, find his inner alpha, and give Liam a little more freedom.

Meanwhile, while her owner is away, plucky Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip.

And crazy-but-cute bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) gets delusions of grandeur that he’s an actual superhero after his owner Molly starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball’s help on a dangerous mission, he’ll have to summon the courage to become the hero he’s only been pretending to be.

Can Max, Snowball, Gidget and the rest of the gang find the inner courage to face their biggest fears?

The View from the Couch:

I was wildly disappointed with this movie. I know, I know: it’s a movie for kids, you have to watch it through that lens! I try. It wasn’t funny. It wasn’t fun. It was boring. I’m just going to walk through the synopsis above. Max the Terrier becomes an overprotective parent to Liam the human toddler. Who is this movie for? Children. Why is the main character’s main issue most relatable to parents? It sets the movie up to fail. Patton Oswald replaced Louis C.K. as the voice of Max. He does a fine job with a limited script and a limited character with a bad arc. The synopsis also clearly outlines three different storylines in the movie. That is what the movie is. Three different stories that do not seem to connect at all. Until they finally do in the last maybe 10 minutes of the movie. The “biggest fears” mentioned in the summary range from giving a three year old human child that some extra space to literal wolves trying to murder them.

This script for this movie isn’t very good. Kevin Hart’s voice acting is the best part of this movie. I think I laughed four times. I also think I was the only person in the theater that I heard laugh. There were so many questionable decisions made about the characters and the story that it takes away from what ended up being a pretty good message about overcoming fears. The best parts of the first movie were the pets interacting with each other and being friends. Those interactions are few and far between in this movie. Also, I understand that this is an animated movie for kids staring animals that can talk, but some of the things that happen are just ridiculous. The decision making by the animals is horrible.

I would not recommend seeing this movie in theaters. The only thing about this movie that really succeeded: it made me want a dog.

Score: 55/100