Okay fellow nerds, I’ll admit it. I actually kind of liked MIB3.
Don’t get me wrong, it was no-where near the standard set by the first movie way back in 1997, but it is a far superior film to the 2002 sequel – although that’s not really saying much. But regardless of what your opinion of Men In Black 3 is, there is at least one question we all unanimously asked as an audience – why, oh WHY, did they change the design of the neuralizer?
It was such a classic design, and an instantly recognisable staple of the MIB franchise. Seriously, try to picture a neuraliser in your mind right now. Are you seeing a silver cylinder which pops open at the end to reveal a red lens and a series of circular dials? Yes – that’s the flashy thing we all know and love. So why change the design? It’s sacrilege! An affront to MIB fans the world over! It’s the equivalent of changing the designs of the Ghostbusters proton packs or trading in the DeLorean DMC 12 for a Bugatti Veyron in the Back to the Future movies. I can see why the film-makers may have wanted to redesign the neuralizer – the MIB series has always relied on high tech alien gadgetry to wow its audience and provide most of its comedy – and the old design of the memory-eraser may have seemed a little outdated in this world of touch-screen phones and flat screen TV’s. But while their intentions may have been good, the design is far from perfect. What we now have instead of a space-age gadget from beyond the stars is a prop which is more of a glorified touch screen TV remote. A mere relic of what once was such an elegant and unique design.
One of the reasons why I was looking forward to MIB3 was that neuralizer toys would be widely available again in toy stores around the globe, and I would finally be able to get my hands on a plastic replica of a prop which I had coveted for years. (Think Agent J from the first MIB – “When do I get my own flashy memory messer-upper thing?” ) Even though I was disappointed to learn that the design had changed, that wasn’t going to stop me from finally having a flashy thing to call my own. But is it any good? Well, the fact that I had to order it from Amazon.com after searching toy shops around the country for months should give you a hint, but just to be sure, I made a video review as well. Because I’m nice like that. So grab your Ray-Bans, sit back, relax and enjoy the Men in Black 3 Electronic Neuralizer Toy Review!