Men In Black II 4K Blu-ray Disc Review

We jump forward 5 years to Part 2 as we bought the complete set of this series. As you know we thoroughly enjoyed MiB and thought it was not only hilarious but a monumental film for the time with incredible effects, music, acting and witty dialog. Does the sequel hold water? Movie reviews and disc quality reviews are color coded for your convenience, BillChete in orange and Lady Phantom in blue respectively.

IMDb Storyline: Kay and Jay reunite to provide our best, last and only line of defense against a sinister seductress who levels the toughest challenge yet to the MIBs untarnished mission statement: protecting the earth from the scum of the universe. It’s been four years since the alien-seeking agents averted an intergalactic disaster of epic proportions. And now it’s a race against the clock as Jay must convince Kay-who not only has absolutely no memory of his time spent with the Men In Black, but is also the only living person left with the expertise to save the galaxy-to reunite with the MIB before the earth submits to ultimate destruction.

Movie Review:
Wholly crud, what a monumental disappointment to me. As Men In Black is a Top 10 all-time favorite movie to me, this one is cringe-worthy to epic proportions. This film revolves around Serleena (an alien goddess) played by Lara Flynn Boyle looking for “the light” on Earth and if she doesn’t get it she will demolish Earth. This leads to Tommy Lee Jones (Kay) coming out of retirement as he is the only one in the galaxy that knows where it is. Will Smith (Jay) tracks him down and must convince him that he is an alien hunter as his memory has been de-neuralyzed. We get a TON of wisecracks here and NONE of them land like in its predecessor. All of the humor in this installment hurt me to the bone. Most of the aliens are CG with digital effects and bejesus it is god-awful! It took me out completely. Even the acting wasn’t up to snuff. They made a mockery out of this and it shows. I really cannot believe this movie made it to the theaters, but due to the success of the original and the star-power involved they let SO MUCH slide. I believe they purposely made the computer graphics bad in B-movie vain and it totally DOES NOT WORK. Avoid this catastrophe of a film as it doesn’t deserve a watch whatsoever!

Well, one thing I can say about this movie is: it doesn’t hold up. It has none of the wit of the first one, even though it still has its moments. In this installment, J has to bring K out of “retirement” to fight Serleena, a tentacled alien that wants “The Light,” which she’s convinced is on Earth. The story is simple: it’s basically of who can get to the Light first or, of course, Earth faces destruction. The execution is what disappoints. Lots of unfunny dialogue. The chuckles are mainly brought about by Tommy Lee Jones’ acting, really. There’s a lot of slapstick comedy that drags. They took the funny elements of the first movie and exploited them until they weren’t funny anymore. The acting is a mixed bag. Tommy Lee Jones is the best, I think. Will Smith was vastly wasted in physical comedy. It seemed like the five years that have gone by stripped J of his smarts, really. They made him look dumb. The bad guys were cookie cutter. But what really, REALLY hurt this movie is the horrible, terrible, no good CGI. They did maybe 5% of the effects practically (and the practical effects and makeup look great), and the rest with CGI that was so bad, it wasn’t even funny. They even managed to make the actors being thrown around look fake. Special mention goes to Johnny Knoxville‘s second head, which looked incredibly bad. The sound is fine, nothing to make note of. I remembered liking this movie, but it really hasn’t aged well.

4K Disc Quality:
This movie looks pretty damn good, better than the first. It’s a flaming shame, because the movie doesn’t warrant it. HDR10 was very effective with deep and rich coloring with all hues in the rainbow. Faces look natural while being vibrant. To the fault of the movie the CGI is tremendously detailed and 100% totally fake. The green-screens are blaring and look utterly terrible due to the level of resolution 4K provides. The flying ensembles are pitifully silly and straight up dumb. There are many scenes though that ramp up the grain, so we go from glorious scenes to jarring snowy scenes. But on a whole it’s a positive. The sound is a step down as they modified the original score with a kitschy flare. The bombastic nature of the fight scenes sounded cartoonish with a lack of depth. Voices were intelligible and the front-heavy nature of the soundtrack was satisfactory. Please don’t watch this horrendous movie, but if you must, the 4K version is the way to go as you will never see this movie look better than this.

This is one tricky 4K. On the one hand, it looks great. It has deep, inky blacks, lots of detail, bright colors, and very little grain. The closeups look fantastic, and the makeup shines. On the other hand, the 4K manages to make pretty much all the CGI look unbelievably fake. And as I mentioned in the review, there’s A LOT of CGI. It’s so bad, it completely takes you out of the movie. This is a perfect example of the fact that just because you can use CGI, doesn’t mean you should. Once again, the sound is just fine. No nice bass to speak of. All the dialogues are clear, though. In conclusion, this disc gives you what you can expect from 4K, but honestly, I think it’s better to just watch this movie on Blu-ray or DVD, so the CGI doesn’t spoil the experience.

Breakdown of “Men In Black II (2002)

Movie Rating  
BillChete:  2 (Avoid) Lady Phantom:  4 (Avoid)

4K Blu-ray Disc Grade  
BillChete:  B- (Worthy) Lady Phantom:  C+ (Unworthy)

Average 4K Disc Grade

C++