There are many iconic movies. Some are known for their unique artstyles and fantastical concepts like the Studio Ghibli films. Others are known for their impressive action and effects. Others are famous for their storytelling.
One of my all-time favorite movies is Men in Black. While the story and the action were fun to follow and watch, what made the film iconic to me were its clever and thought-provoking moments. The scene that totally won me over was Agent J's test before he fully became Agent J:
The film utilizes subtle, yet clever dialogue that pack a lot of significance. A good example of this was when J asked Zed why he was here (the MiB HQ) and he laughed at Lieutenant Jensen because the latter's answer didn't actually answer his question. While all the other candidates basically just went with what Zed told them, J had the courage to ask why.
"He's just really excited and he has no clue why we're here." ~ Agent J
The written test did a great job portraying J's adaptability. Initially, he followed the other candidates as they tried to write their answers without a writing surface. However, Agent J determined that it was impossible so he funnily pulled the table to his chair so that he had a surface to write on. On top of that, he actually asked the other candidates if they want to join even though it would provide him no benefit.
My favorite part of this scene came when all the candidates were given handguns and presented with cardboard cutouts of aliens while lights were flashing around. While all the other candidates were just shooting at all the aliens, J took the time to observe and analyze the situation. Then, he made one shot that perfectly went through Little Tiffany's head.
When Zed asked J "what the hell happened", J made an incredibly well-detailed answer from the alien working out on a lamppost to another alien using a tissue to sneeze in to Little Tiffany walking alone in the ghetto with quantum physics books:
"Well, [Tiffany] was the only one that actually seemed dangerous at the time, sir... Well, first I was gonna pop this [alien] hang hanging from the streetlight and then, I realized, you know, he's just working out. And how would I feel somebody come running in the gym and bust me my ass while I'm on a treadmill.
Then, I saw this snarling beast guy and I noticed he had a tissue in his hand and I realized he's not snarling... he's sneezing. You know, ain't no real threat there.
And I saw Little Tiffany. I'm thinking, you know, eight year old white girl, middle of the ghetto, a bunch of monsters this time of night with quantum physics books. She's about to start some shit, Zed. She's about eight years old. Those books are way too advanced for her. If you asked me, I say she's up to something. And to be honest I'd appreciate it you eased up off my back about it... Or do I owe her an apology?" ~ Agent J
While some of J's word choices were pretty funny, it also revealed a lot about his character. He doesn't have any prejudice against the aliens unlike the other candidates. Rather than assuming the aliens were wreaking havoc, J determined that they were doing humanistic things like working out or sneezing. It also demonstrated how awesome his observational skills and marksmanship were, especially under a hectic environment.
The cool moments don't end there as Zed also gave two zingers. When Zed went to Agent K, the first thing that came out of his mouth was how J had a problem with authority. It was a subtle, but rather significant way of showing his acknowledgement of J's skills regardless of his smart mouth. And when Zed returned to the shooting range, he made one sick burn on the candidates other than J.
"Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training." ~ Zed
Well, this is just one man's opinions. What are your favorite movie moments?