I’m moderately excited for Mission Impossible – Fallout (MI:F) based on the strong Super Bowl trailer that they released for the movie. While the MI series has been hit or miss for me (i.e., there have been some entries that I’ve not liked as much), the previous two, for me, at least, have been great! I know Ghost Protocol might not get quite as much love as the latest one to date, Rogue Nation, but I STILL use Jeremy Renner’s character’s formulation when I’m behind or running late–“Well, maybe if I cut down this street, it only has two traffic lights,” “Not enough time,” “Well, I shave a couple seconds if I take the stairs, and avoid the elevator,” “Not enough time,” and so forth. That is probably one of the funniest lines in the movie and it is all based on the way Renner delivers the line–“practiced indifference.” If Renner wasn’t already such a huge movie star, I’d be tempted to highlight him in the Great Actors in Small Roles just for that sequence alone–but I digress.
The point is, I really like the MI series. My uncle turned me on to them when they were on TV in reruns (the original run on TV was before my time) during the height of ’70s James Bond mania. The problem is, the episodes weren’t really syndicated well and I never really was able to find them on TV and watch them, so even though I know of them and have seen a couple to handful of episodes, it wasn’t until the Tom Cruise movies that I was really able to enjoy them and get invested in the idea of the IMF.
So far, for me, each of the past movies have topped themselves in terms of story and characterization, starting with MI 3. This movie was the start of me recognizing the actual potential in the series. I’d watched MI and MI 2, but I wasn’t as invested in those (although I did like the idea of the IMF “team” in MI), but that didn’t really go anywhere. MI 3 had strong villain, MI: Ghost Protocol had a new “team” with Simon Pegg’s character providing much needed comic relief, and MI: Rogue Nation had Sarah Ferguson’s strong female “foil” to Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt.
I’m cautiously optimistic that they can repeat their success–but I’m a bit guarded. I’d hoped that Matt Damon in Jason Bourne could continue the upward trend of the Bourne movies, but JB undid a lot the story and characterization of the previous three movies in trying to “pivot” the franchise into a new direction with new supporting characters and really was a bit of a letdown. Hopefully MI:F can avoid this potential pitfall. We’ll see this summer–hopefully, its a great movie! Well, that’s all for me today–have a good one, everyone!