The Recasting Couch Ep. 28: Men In Black



“Unh…here come the MIB’s…unh…here come the MIB’s..unh…The good guys dress in black, remember that, just in case you ever face-to-face or make contact. The title held by me, MIB, because you thought what you saw you did NOT SEE.”

Remember that song you heard 5,000 times during the summer of 1997? Well that song actually had a movie based off of it…

That’s not even a little bit true, but Mike puts only the first two paragraphs of the blog into the preview, and I just want to troll all the comic book nerds who don’t even listen to the pod and want to immediately react, because it’s the internet.

Men In Black, the Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones blockbuster is what we are recasting this week. With fun supporting roles by Linda Fiorentino and Tony Shalhoub, and a masterful physical comedic performance by Vincent D’Onofrio, we had a lot of fun with this one, but also a bit of difficulty trying to find the right balance of comedy and action. This cast is really nicely built, and is another instance where I wouldn’t be able to see it work on paper, but on film there is some great chemistry going on.

Something that surprised both of us is just how well the CGI holds up. Now we posit that it may be because aliens are allowed to be more cartoonish than other early CGI, but neither of us really feel like that’s the case. There are plenty of other instances of CGI being applied to supernatural beings and it just looks silly (Matrix 3, Spiderman 2/3), but this tends to hold up a lot better than many of its contemporaries.

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