Action ballet never gets better than this
Perhaps I shouldn’t bother about writing about Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
A 145 million dollar movie hardly needs any help to get the word out. But I’ve decided to write a little something about every movie I watch and so far I stick to it. Besides I loved it so much that it would feel wrong to remain silent. I’ll keep it fairly short though, as I did in the mini review I posted on the Filmspotting forum, immediately after I had watched it, since I was about to burst of enthusiasm and needed an outlet.
This is what I wrote:
“I just returned from Mission Impossible – Ghost protocol. I looked like this all night: 🙂
Entertained and thoroughly happy. It’s been way too long since last time I watched people climbing skyscrapers and blowing up stuff. In the biggest cinema in the city. Sold out. The awesomeness.”
Only afterwards did I find out that Nostra at My Filmviews had had exactly the same reaction, watching it with “a constant grin on his face”.
A ballet in disguise
Watching MI is like being in an amusement park, running all the coolest attractions but without having to endure the queues or the nausea that nowadays prevents me from trying even the smallest of merry-go-rounds. From the shock start of a wild breakout from a prison I was completely absorbed.
The scene where Tom Cruise climbs a skyscraper in Dubai by the means of magnetic devices strapped to his hands is no short of spectacular. And later on, as I watched the hero and the villain fighting in a multi level parking house, did I realize what it was that I had been enjoying all night. It was a ballet in disguise. And such a beautiful one! Action ballet never gets better than this.
This genre speaks to other senses than all those intellectual indie movies I usually stick to. The plot can be quite unimaginative; the characters don’t need to be fully fleshed out. They’re hygiene factors. Sure, you expect them to be there and do their job, but they’re not the selling point of the movie. It’s all about the visuals and the rhythm in the editing. Does it swing or doesn’t it?
Tom Cruise in tuxedo
In the case of MI there’s no question about it. It rocks. Almost everything about it rocks. I was delighted to see Jeremy Renner once again, the guy I learned to love in The Hurt Locker. In the trivia at IMDb it’s claimed that the character is created as a potential replacement for Tom Cruise’s character, in case he’ll decide to step back from the franchise. And I could definitely see Renner carrying a movie like this one. Simon Pegg is another favourite, bringing some humour to the party. And as of Tom Cruise, well, for all the appalling mumbo jumbo he’s into outside of the screen, he still rocks as an actor – as so many times before. I can think of very few actors who can wear a tuxedo as well as he can.
The only one in the cast who doesn’t rock is sadly enough Michael Nyqvist, who gives a fairly pale impression. I’m not sure Nyqvist is to blame for this; it could just be how the role is written. Perhaps a Swedish villain is supposed and rational rather than crazy and threatening?
I promised to keep it short, so I’ll stop here. Basically I could have kept down this review to just one symbol:
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Brad Bird, US, 2011) My rating: 4/5