Will Smith: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

5 Awesome Performances:

5. Agent J - Men In Black

Will Smith Men In Black
Sony Pictures

The first Men In Black feels a bit kitsch now, with clunky model work, early CGI and a very 90s vibe. Just look at that video. But what makes it still rewatchable is Will Smith’s Agent J. With any other actor playing it straight, this would be just another alien invasion film, but Smith leads with the right balance of disbelief, all-out shock, forced cool and genuine cool.

It needs Tommy Lee Jones to riff off, sure, but that’s no discredit to either half of the double act. Although that is why I can't quite count the sequels. The second one flips the pair's roles, but uses it to be a retread, not an advancement, and the third is tired, with Smith lost his trademark charm.

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Film Editor (2014-2016). Loves The Usual Suspects. Hates Transformers 2. Everything else lies somewhere in the middle. Once met the Chuckle Brothers.