I love movies. I love writing about them. Hope you like reading what I write.
I am a complete idiot. I forgot to include my review for Solo: A Star Wars Story in my review catch up post last time. To make it fun, let’s see if I can do it as a haiku!
Pretty good Star Wars film
Got issues with fan service.
O.K, caught up. Now for the main thing.
Mission Impossible: Fallout is the sixth film in the series, again starring genuinely gifted and suicidal actor Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, IMF agent. This time Hunt has to stop a terrorist plot to kill millions.
The plot is never the point of these films. It’s not even the characters or the story. They’re fine and all, but the real reason people come to these things are the set-pieces. Fallout has them in droves. I won’t spoil them for you, but there is stuff in this movie which rivals the very best of any other western action movie I’ve ever seen!
Let this fact sit in your mind. Tom Cruise is 56 years old, but he still runs around like he’s made of steel.
People have psycho-analysed him through and through, but beyond all the postulation, I do think Tom cares about movies. I think he is, in actuality, crazy about making the action films he’s in as entertaining as possible. Maybe he has something to prove to himself or to his friends or his critics, but Cruise’s love for this stuff is on screen for us to see.
Here the series goes darker than it’s ever gone before. No, it does not have the intensity of Part Three which contained the forever missed Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the baddy. It’s dark within the story itself.
What’s even cooler is that this is the first film in the series, as far as I can remember, that uses Hunt’s team effectively all the way to the end. It’s so perfectly balanced.
I have a feeling that everyone has their big blowing up things franchise that they know isn’t perfect but they still love. And not love in a so bad it’s good way, but love with a sincerity from the qualities that series possesses. I think Mission Impossible is that franchise for me. It’s dumb, it’s big, but it’s also got a beating heart to it that never comes across as cynical.
This is the best film in the series so far. If this was the last one Cruise did before returning to dramatic affair again, I’d be more than happy.
Recommended Scenario: If you like the other ones and the way they were going, other than that, probably avoid.