Normally, when you go to the movies on your birthday, it’s a fun and joyous thing. This time, it was tempered somewhat with the knowledge that my mom may soon enter hospice care. But, no matter, it was cool to see Men in Black: International last night at Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak. Chris Hemsworth was at his beefcake best. His personal trainer even made it to the credits for his efforts. Chris’ll probably never win the Oscar; but, he certainly got the attention of the ladies in the crowd. He is the Tom Brady of Oz. But, hey, can you say, “Andy Ruiz, Jr.?”
Tessa Thompson, who played Agent M, was also visibly affected by His Beefiness. Notwithstanding, Tessa was able to concentrate on her job and extricated Chris’s Agent H from more than one dire situation. Tessa is a very good thesbian, formerly starring in Creed, Creed II, Thor, Endgame, et cetera. She kept Chris and the movie grounded. If not for her sartorial savvy, the movie, despite the Grade A Beef and the super-sporty Lexus RC F, wouldn’t of taken off like it did and been a worthy progenitor to the initial MIB offerings. She was incredible; I see Oscars in her future. She can do vulnerable; she can do tough as a bunker buster; she can do longing-for-beefcake eyes.
Lastly, no one can pull off wearing pink pants like Chris Hemsworth. He has amazing aplomb. MIB: I is the first great summer fun movie of 2019.
If you see it, you will leave the theatre feeling good, almost wishing you, too, were wearing pink pants.
I’m as gullible as any American, and any avid moviegoer, when it comes to superhero movies. I love to see the hero taking it upon himself, or herself — if you aren’t an English-language absolutist.
Chris and Tessa aren’t superheroes in the absolutist sense in my opinion — in that they possess no superpowers themselves; but they do have superweapons, work for a super-secret entity that employs superbeings, and they’ve the will of superheroes.
They are disciples of the slogan, “Be your own hero!” I think that’s what makes the MIB Franchise so special and endearing.
And that goes for me, and you, too! Be your own damn hero! I think the world will be a much better place if we all call up the good in us, and fight down the bad stuff that doesn’t do anybody any good, including ourselves. Don’t you?