17 Jun 2019 8:56 PM +00:00 UTC

Men in Black: International Failed Because It Didn’t Have Will Smith

There's been a lot of major disappointment at the box office the past two weeks. First it was X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Then, Men in Black: International.

The fourth film in the Men in Black film series, International reunites Thor: Ragnarok stars Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in a science fiction action comedy which takes viewers in an alien adventure around the globe. The premise was exciting at first, however, the film easily became a major commercial and critical disappointment despite the charm and star power that Hemsworth and Thompson provide.

Fans continue to wonder why the film failed, and some like CBR attribute Men in Black: International's performance to the missing Will Smith. Together with Tommy Lee Jones, Smith turned Barry Sonnefeld's alien science fiction trilogy into a lovable comedy franchise. There was a whole lot of scepticism regarding how Men in Black: International would fare without the magic that Smith brings. Gary F. Gary might have thought that he could achieve the same success with Thompson and Hemsworth – after the Thor star does have his own kind of charm and charisma to him.


Unfortunately, International just didn't work. Right now Men in Black: International sits at a disappointing 24% critic score and 66% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes – a very disappointing score for the film.

The critic consensus for the movie calls International "amiable yet forgettable," saying that the film "grinds its stars substantial chemistry through the gears of a franchise running low on reasons to continue."

Men in Black: International is currently screening in cinemas.

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