A toast to Cruise's Hunt, who's alive 20 years later and has seen 2 Bonds, all of Bourne, and the beginning, end, return, and spinoff of 24. In M:I:5, Rebecca Ferguson changes everything for the franchise. Her presence and motivations act as a real counterpoint to Hunt's one-man-show. Paired with now mainstays Pegg, Renner, and Rhames, the film ends with a statement of reinvention of the series: Meet the IMF. Plural.
I'm always pleasantly surprised by this franchise. Each time I anticipate it's running out of steam, they manage to change the formula just enough to keep the adrenalin running and my interest alive. In this case, one of the film's strengths is that they play with Cruise's age and fallibility in order to allow Rebecca Ferguson to take centre stage in the action (and she's very good indeed). Fun.