Men in Black

Men in Black ★★★

The brighter side of a dispassionate three-act structure is still kinda bleak. This particular structure has the impressive ability to multitask several ideas within a single frame, but too many of them come out bland and unfocused. Even "the galaxy"--which, while only a MacGuffin, is clearly meant to surprise and/or impress with its thinking--doesn't present itself with much distinction. It's a casualty of the bored clock-puncher's perspective, and nearly everyone (cast, crew and characters) subscribes to it. The only refugees are Smith and D'Onofrio: Smith, because he's the constant, keeping it light; and D'Onofrio, because he's busy trying to cave his own face in.