After dying and reviving in the previous film, Bird embraced Hunt's invincibility, who is self-aware of his superhero-like status within the films' world and as meta commentary for Cruise's seemingly endless career. Bird also refreshed the series with stunning visuals and fluid camera movements reminiscent of his Ratatouille, as well as toning down the franchise's over reliance on shootouts.
It is the first entry in the film series that actually resemble the TV-series with an ensemble that perform an impossible mission. It doesn't take itself as serious as before and has several hilarious over-the-top gadgets. Some well-directed and fast paced action scenes and the story doesn't over complicate things too much and the overuse of masks is dropped. There is even a lovely watchable cat fight in this one.
J.J. Abrams still got it and the franchise still got it and it is quite simple. A good plot and a very nice set of suspenseful actions and a coupe of double crossings which will make all worthwhile. I thoroughly enjoyed it and as an action film and as the mission impossible fan for the seventies, it's very good fun!!!
While the direction is solid and the action sequences are impressive, the movie suffers a bit in the second half due to a cast of uninteresting villains, a bit of front-loading of the most spectacular stunts and the inherent tiringness of its extremely action-focused structure. Despite those problems it is overall a pleasant watch, altough I still prefer Tomorrowland to it, in terms of Brad Bird live action films.
"Desire" list. The unbearable teen Tom Cruise, actor of the worst, when mature found an expression that it is very good and appropriate for a body that insists on being fit and desirable. The character of the series Mission Impossible is the best that happened to him, since his impression of dexterity conjugates with a discursiveness without need of psychologism.