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Men in Black: International Forgets What Made the Original So Great

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  1. Douglas Link
    I can't say I was going to see it in theaters, but I didn't think it'd be THAT bad, oh well. I do feel like I've gotten tired of blockbusters (Jurassic World, Godzilla, etc.) primarily because...

    I can't say I was going to see it in theaters, but I didn't think it'd be THAT bad, oh well.

    I do feel like I've gotten tired of blockbusters (Jurassic World, Godzilla, etc.) primarily because they all turn out the same and feel like they're going by the book.

    ...that and I have a hard time immersing myself in a blockbuster given the current political atmosphere. It's hard to feel care free and popcorn-y. I can, however, absolutely sink myself into a thriller or horror film. I think Midsommar is the only film I've looked forward to in ages.

    5 votes
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    krg Link
    Well, at least we still have the original. What a great movie that was.

    Well, at least we still have the original. What a great movie that was.

    4 votes
    1. [2]
      Loire Link Parent
      Honestly MIB³ wasn't bad. Certainly not the instant classic of the original but no just plain bad like the second one was.

      Honestly MIB³ wasn't bad. Certainly not the instant classic of the original but no just plain bad like the second one was.

      2 votes
      1. krg Link Parent
        I remember it being entertaining enough, but the first movie just had a ...feel...to it. I really think the fact that the audience was experiencing all this weirdness with Jay and learning along...

        I remember it being entertaining enough, but the first movie just had a ...feel...to it. I really think the fact that the audience was experiencing all this weirdness with Jay and learning along the way made it work. In that sense, no sequels could ever be successful. Once all the ropes are learned any subsequent stories just become "Generic Alien Action Blockbuster."

        3 votes
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    dubteedub Link
    Damn, this is a pretty rough review, but it seems about on par with the rest of the ones that are coming out right now. MiB International is sitting at just 33% on Rotten Tomatoes. It seems like...

    Damn, this is a pretty rough review, but it seems about on par with the rest of the ones that are coming out right now. MiB International is sitting at just 33% on Rotten Tomatoes.

    It seems like almost every big movie at the top of the box office right now other than John Wick and Rocketman are doing terribly critically. Dark Phoenix, Godzilla, Aladdin, and Brightburn all looked like pretty big budget summer movies that are all flopping.

    1 vote
    1. [4]
      cfabbro Link Parent
      In Red Letter Media's latest Half In The Bag episode on Godzilla: King of the Monsters and X-Men: Dark Pheonix, Mike used the term "flopbuster" to describe movies widely panned by critics, but...

      In Red Letter Media's latest Half In The Bag episode on Godzilla: King of the Monsters and X-Men: Dark Pheonix, Mike used the term "flopbuster" to describe movies widely panned by critics, but still appreciated by most audiences, and still likely to more than make their money back. It sounds like that term might be apt for MIB: International too. :P

      2 votes
      1. [3]
        dubteedub Link Parent
        Well at least in the case of Dark Phoenix, it actually is doing really poorly at the box office and is expected to lose at least $100M. ‘Dark Phoenix’ Bound To Lose $100M+ After Worst Domestic...

        Well at least in the case of Dark Phoenix, it actually is doing really poorly at the box office and is expected to lose at least $100M.

        Finance experts tell us that the tale of Jean Grey will burn out with an estimated $100M-$120M loss after ancillaries, off a combined production and P&A estimated cost of $350M+ (which includes reshoots). Final global B.O. is projected at $300M-$325M, with one film finance suit telling us “If it drops like a stone, $285M. Don’t forget it was a holiday in China, and even that was pretty low ($45.7M).”

        1 vote
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          The_Fad Link Parent
          Probably doesn't help that, compared to First Class, DoFP, and Apocalypse, I didn't see dick all as far as marketing goes. I constantly forgot Dark Phoenix was coming out, and only just now...

          Probably doesn't help that, compared to First Class, DoFP, and Apocalypse, I didn't see dick all as far as marketing goes. I constantly forgot Dark Phoenix was coming out, and only just now realized it had even been released.

          2 votes
          1. Apos Link Parent
            I was listening to Dark Phoenix's music on YouTube and didn't realize it was from a movie.

            I was listening to Dark Phoenix's music on YouTube and didn't realize it was from a movie.

            2 votes