DVD info from Amazon.
Commentary by director Barry
Sonnenfeld with optional telestrator diagrams
Special animated short film
15 production featurettes: Take
2: Looping MIB II, Alien Esoterica, Serleena Animatica, Rick
Baker (special makeup effects), Danny Elfman (original score),
Bo Welch (art/production design), Foley Artists, Frank the
Pug, Jarra, Jeebs, Jeff the Worm, Scrad/Charlie, Serleena, The
Worms, Barry Sonnenfeld's Intergalactic Guide to Comedy
Will Smith music video
The film treads on all the familiar ground,
finding some laughs in big budget f/x mayhem.
There isn't a lot that's really inspired, but I
think it should be satisfactory (if a touch disappointing) for those who liked the
original. Some laughs, a couple thrills, but it was a workmanlike
marketing project made to capitalize on the franchise, not a sudden
burst of filmmaking genius. I laughed to see Michael
Jackson and Martha Stewart playing themselves, as aliens, of course.
The best reason to look at the DVD is not the film
but the special features, including the blooper reel.
UK consensus: one and a
half stars Daily Mail 0/10, Daily Telegraph 6/10,
Independent 2/10, The
Guardian 4/10, The Observer 2/10, The Times 2/10, Evening
Standard 2/10, The Sun 6/10, The Express 4/10, The Mirror
6/10, BBC 3/5
- with their dollars: A hit. Made for 140
million dollars, it grossed $190 million in the USA and
about an equal amount overseas.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like a two star rating from the critics.
Films rated below five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, about equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or even less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description,
C. OK comedy, OK sequel. Nothin' more.