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Men in Black II
(2002)
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
David Slonaker
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Marc Mann
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Columbia/Sony
(July 2nd, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you consider yourself a Danny Elfman completist or if you per chance have a deep desire to enthrall yourself with the performances of a singing pug.

Avoid it... if you are satisfied with the original film's score and don't need to hear a functional but disappointingly derivative copy of it.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #852
WRITTEN 3/27/03, REVISED 1/18/09
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Men in Black II: (Danny Elfman) Following the mandatory formula that has come to be expected in Hollywood's last thirty years, Men in Black II hauled back most of the same elements from the first film in 1997 for this somewhat tardy 2002 sequel. The second adventures of the suit-clad, alien-busting 'K' and 'J' didn't do as well as the first, perhaps due to the formula of the second film being too similar to that of the first. They're lovable films, but aside from changing the alien menace threatening the Earth and following the auxiliary plotlines involving the two leads, there really wasn't much room for Steven Spielberg's Amblin and Columbia Pictures to wiggle with the same idea. Corny flicks often sell themselves no matter how unoriginal, and at least Men in Black II was working with a snazzy base concept. Part of the nagging feeling of deja vu with the sequel was perpetuated by the result of Danny Elfman's involvement with the project. Elfman was familiar with sequel scoring; his best known such project was Batman Returns a decade earlier, a controversial twist on the Batman equation that remains a fan favorite because of its stark differences from its predecessor. In the case of Men in Black II, Elfman does exactly the opposite, composing and recording a score that is remarkably similar to that of the original Men in Black film, with no distinct new avenues explored for this rather pedestrian regurgitation. The popularity of the goofy music for Men in Black II was destined to hinge on the talents of the songs written for Frank the Pug (performing a cover of "I Will Survive") and the lounging group of disgusting worm-like creatures that inspire their own blend of lazy jazz. If not for these specialty cues, which, along with the obligatory rap song, bookend the album, Elfman's score would be an entirely uninteresting extension of his first score. The Sony album provides a generous amount of this material, thus exaggerating the problem. Conversely, Elfman purists will argue that there is new life to be heard in Men in Black II, if only in the cranked up, lengthy and hip variations on the title theme. But while there are indeed elaborate extensions on that one idea, the remainder of the score is surprisingly mundane.



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Average: 2.72 Stars
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**** 119 4 Stars
*** 227 3 Stars
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* 192 1 Stars
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Men in Black II Formula
Bruno Costa - November 13, 2010, at 3:26 a.m.
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
Kino - March 25, 2009, at 6:44 a.m.
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Additional Orchestrations
N.R.Q. - March 11, 2006, at 11:03 a.m.
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Why is there an ad on this page saying "Darth Bush, Sith Lord"?
Julio Gomez - August 31, 2004, at 7:01 p.m.
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Sorry,   Expand >>
Ryan - April 18, 2003, at 5:19 p.m.
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this score stinks   Expand >>
blair reese the leprechaun hair piece - April 10, 2003, at 2:29 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 53:29
• 1. Worm Lounge #1 (Worms in Black) (5:20)
• 2. Logo (0:22)
• 3. Titles (5:01)
• 4. Big Jeff (2:25)
• 5. Headquarters (1:52)
• 6. Chop-Chop (2:00)
• 7. Heart Thump (1:51)
• 8. Customs (0:51)
• 9. Hunting for K (1:40)
• 10. J Nabbed/K's Back (2:20)
• 11. The Real Story (1:41)
• 12. Sleuthing (2:20)
• 13. The Defense Begins (2:47)
• 14. The Chase (3:22)
• 15. The Light (5:43)
• 16. The Finale (0:18)
• 17. Worm Lounge #2 (3:02)
• 18. Titles Revisited (2:56)
• 19. I Will Survive - performed by Tim Blaney ("Frank the Pug") (3:20)
• 20. Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head) - performed by Will Smith/TrA-Knox (4:20)

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The insert includes extensive credits but no extra information about the score or film.
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