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Men In Black 3 by Danny Elfman (Review)

posted Jun 13, 2012, 9:27 PM by Kaya Savas

Danny Elfman is one of the greatest film composer's working today and he is indeed a very thematic composer. His scores usually are headlined by strong attention grabbing themes, and that is especially true for Men In Black. The first Men In Black was a wonderful film with a signature Elfman score. However, like most studio-pushed sequels the experience gets stretched way too thin. For this third outing Elfman's music still has energy, but it has definitely lost some steam.

This is a "what you see is what you get" kinda score, or I guess "what you hear is what you get". That Men In Black theme definitely makes itself present throughout the entire score, but luckily Elfman has layered enough over it to build a decent effort. This is an enjoyable score, but it's really more of what we've heard over two films. There isn't much new to the Men In Black universe musically as it seems that all we have are variations on the old stuff we love. Again though, it's the stuff we love. I just wish the stuff in between the constant use of the theme was more refreshing. In the end this becomes just an enjoyable revisit to an old soundscape.

I don't want to say that this score feels phoned in, but it does leave much to be desired. It doesn't have the wonder, mischief and mysterious flavors of the original or even the second one. I can't say I didn't enjoy hearing that sonic world again, but it would have been a lot more interesting if Elfman built more out of it than just pulled over the familiar.