Roboticist Mark Setrakian on Men in Blacks 20th anniversary: Its almost a perfect movie
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When Men in Black hit theaters on July 2nd, 1997, it was already fast becoming a phenomenon. It had a star-studded cast, including a freshly minted superstar in Will Smith. It had a hit song that briefly managed to overtake pop music. Now, 20 years later, its easy to take for granted how massive the movie was at the time and how well it holds up. Thats not bad for a movie based on an obscure 1990 comic miniseries from a nigh-forgotten publisher.
The truth is, Men in Black works because its a sharply plotted and hilarious sci-fi film. So much of that comes from the script. Smith and the dry-as-a-bone Tommy Lee Jones have some of the best comedic back-and-forths in any movie. Smith plays in a break from his charismatic and…