In just under two weeks the newest Mission Impossible movie will arrive and in preparation for this movie, I have a confession to make.
I’ve never seen a Mission Impossible movie from front to back. Ever. Not once in my life have I started one of these movies and then some 2 hours later arrived at the end. I’ve seen chunks of most of them. They seem entertaining enough, Tom Cruise is obviously a pretty popular guy, and I’m a big fan of spy movies. There really isn’t a good reason for why I haven’t watched them, other than the overwhelming number of movies that come out bogging me down and just never finding the time to see them.
That changes now, before Mission Impossible: Fallout releases on July 27th, I’m going to watch all the other Mission Impossible movies and write a little bit about them. Knowing my procrastinating nature that probably means that I’ll write about all of them on the 26th, but that’s just how she goes eh? That’s what you’re thinking.
I know. It’s fine. I get it.
You’re wrong though. In fact, just to show you how wrong you are, I’ve gone ahead and watched the first two Mission Impossible movies this week and have some thoughts prepared. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it Procrastinating version of myself! (It’s fine that I’m talking to myself in a blog this way right? Ahh who cares.)
Here’s my big takeaway from the first two Mission Impossible movies. Wow people in the late 90’s and early 2000’s must’ve really loved Tom Cruise because other than him there really isn’t much of anything going on here. These movies are average action films at best. Both of them have just painfully predictable stories.
And the dialogue is uh… how do I put it? Cringe? No… Amateurish? That’s a better bit. I should note that the dialogue in the first one didn’t bother me too much, but the second one was just no good. There were a bunch of moments where I had to sit up from my chair and ask myself what on earth this movie was because I know that they’re part of this huge franchise gearing up for it’s sixth installment. (In the day and age of the MCU though a six movie franchise really doesn’t feel like as much of an accomplishment does it?)
Story and Dialogue are far from the point of Mission Impossible though. It’s pretty clear the thinking of theses movies goes something like, “This is Tom Cruise, he’s going to do some dope action, and that’s that.” and honestly during those parts of the movie when their doing heists and fighting people it’s great stuff, I just wanted to doze off during every other part of the movie. Hopefully I find out that as the series goes on they improve on things like story, characters, dialogue and such while keeping a healthy dose of fun action. I’ll let you know what I find out. Later.