23. mar. 2010

Men in Black (1997)

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At any given time there are approximately 1500 aliens on the planet, most of them right here in Manhattan. And most of them are decent enough, they're just trying to make a living. —Cab drivers? —Not as many as you'd think.



Po istoimenski stripovski predlogi založbe Marvel Comics pisca Lowella Cunninghama in ilustratorja Sandyja Carruthersa posneta sci-fi akcijska komedija se zabava ob ameriških šundovsko folkornih likih mož v črnem in satirični literarni premisi o tem, da smo ljudje samo ena (in sploh ne najpomembnejša) od mnogih živečih vrst v vesolju. Ameriški producent in režiser pretežno lahkotnejših žanrskih situacijskih burk Barry Sonnenfeld (The Addams Family, Get Shorty, Big Trouble, Wild Wild West) je imel sicer z njegovo produkcijo nemalo težav; nekateri sprva predvideni igralci (Clint Eastwood, David Schwimmer, Bruce Campbell, John Turturro) so zavračali glavne vloge, drugi z njimi še med snemanjem niso bili zadovoljni (Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith), scenarij so prirejali in spreminjali kar sproti; nazadnje pa je (ironično) film naletel na precejšnje navdušenje med občinstvom in kritiki, si prislužil oskarja za najboljšo masko in nekatere druge nagrade, doživel številne spin-off derivate in priredbe, (bistveno slabši) sequel ter prvoosebno streljaško računalniško igro — in je ob neskromnem proračunu 90 milijonov zelencev po vsem svetu pridelal več kot šestkratno vsoto.

There's some next-level shit going on here, and I'm with that. But before y'all beam me up, there's a few things to understand. First off, you chose me... so you recognize the skills. I don't want nobody calling me "son" or "kid" or "sport". Cool? —Whatever you say, slick.



Nepretenciozno zabavljaški Men in Black rešuje odlikuje prepričljivo šaljiva zvezdniška glumaška zasedba, prepoznavno uležana komična predstava Svežega princa, številne posmehljive reference na pop-kulturo, hilarični sarkazem veteranov Ripa Torna in Tommyja Leeja, nekateri posrečeni protagonisti (npr. Tony "Monk" Shalhoub kot prekupčevalec z alienskim orožjem), huronsko zabaven lik v človeško kožo preoblečenega vesoljskega ščurka Vincenta D'Onofria in črnohumorne domislice sicer kratkočasne stilizirano modne stripovske fabule, podložene s poslušljivo trendovsko glasbo. Celota poskrbi za parodično karikirano popkornovsko doživetje, a brez trajnega presežka. Nadaljevanju iz leta 2002 se lahko mirno izognemo, ničesar pretresljivega ne bomo zamudili.

You'll dress only in attire specially sanctioned by MiB special services. You'll conform to the identity we give you, eat where we tell you, live where we tell you. From now on you'll have no identifying marks of any kind. You'll not stand out in any way. Your entire image is crafted to leave no lasting memory with anyone you encounter. You're a rumor, recognizable only as deja vu and dismissed just as quickly. You don't exist; you were never even born. Anonymity is your name. Silence your native tongue. You're no longer part of the System. You're above the System. Over it. Beyond it. We're "them". We're Men in Black.

Tips for aliens in New York: Land anywhere, Central Park, anywhere. No one will care, or indeed even notice. Surviving: get a job as cab driver immediately. A cab driver's job is to drive people anywhere they want to go in big yellow machines called taxis. Don't worry if you don't know how the machine works and you can't speak the language, don't understand the geography or indeed the basic physics of the area, and have large green antennae growing out of your head. Believe me, this is the best way of staying inconspicuous. —Douglas Adams, Zbogom in hvala za vse ribe

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