This is pretty cool. A number of second sequels of U.S. blockbuster movies have been all about father/son relationships – including MIB3:
From the early 1980s, Hollywood produced a number of ‘third-part’ films that all shared a particular preoccupation with father–son relations. Among them, Return of the Jedi, Rambo III, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Back to the Future Part III all involved the rescue or redemption of a paternal figure by way of an heroic (biological or symbolic) son.
Wow! This is a genuine thing.
Inverting the black father–white son dynamic that characterised the Lethal Weapon series, MIB3 constructs an image of heroic black masculinity that is contained in and through its relationship to white paternal authority.
Lots to think about!
Full story at Kill Your Darlings.