After mesmerizing performances in movies such as Bad Boys and Independence Day, everyone wanted to get a young Will Smith who was arguably one of the most popular actors at that time. The next movie he would star in was Men In Black alongside the experienced Tommy Lee Jones.
The film directed Barry Sonnenfeld was based on the Men In Black comic book series created by Lowell Cunningham and Sandy Carruthers. The movie had a reported budget of $90 million and was released on July 2, 1997 going on to gross nearly $600 million world wide.
Due to it's major success, a sequel was already being planned and was scheduled for a 2002 release. Besides being nominated for 3 Academy Award Nominations, Men In Black was given a rating of 92% by rotten tomatoes.
Having watched it for the first time a few years after it's release (on a video cassette), I can safely say that although there's some gory sci-fi violence, the movie is well balanced as there are many moments of laughter.
~ Written by Tanaka Musanhi
Text © Tanaka Musanhi
Picture © Colombia Pictures