|11:43 pm - Back with a BOOM!!!|
Saw "Mission Impossible III" today and I really enjoyed it a lot.
Tom Cruise was eye-candy as usual (although I liked his hair more in MI2 -- I think he looks better with it longer) and Ving Rhames was back, which was nice. The plot was pretty decent and nicely convoluted, with enough twists and turns to keep me interested.
Philip Seymour Hoffman made for a pretty good villain, something I'd expected him to be able to pull off after having seen him in "Red Dragon" as a loathsome tabloid journalist. The rest of the cast was nice but not particularly memorable in terms of their performances -- workman-like, serviceable, but nothing remarkable.
I thought the director did a nice job with the overall look of the film and the action sequences -- I hadn't cared for some of the stylized action in MI2, since it worked against the "suspension of disbelief" as far as I'm concerned with a too-artsy look. The action here was crisp and clean and precise -- with explosions -- loooooooooooooooots of explosions . . .
The "Ethan Hunt -- family man" portion of the story worked well for me -- I liked the depth it gave the character and worked very well with the plot. I can't help but wonder what influence Cruise's personal life played in the scriptwriting process, but I'm certainly not complaining about the results if it did -- it allowed Cruise to play Hunt as being vulnerable and caring, a side to the character that had been heretofore hidden. I liked how Cruise had played a family man when he did "War of the Worlds" last year and I liked his performance here too. I think it's a role he does well, slipping in the softer side to characters that can have more than a bit of a hard edge to them and who are sometimes not all that likeable and in the process transmuting them so that audience members care about them more. I also like how he does it -- non-verbally mostly, with a look or a gesture or a change in his tone of voice as he delivers a line.
The "circles within circles" plot was entertaining for me also -- I enjoy it when a film keeps me guessing, especially if it has a fair amount of suspense and misdirection as well. Cinematic sleight-of-hand is great when it's done right, and as far as I'm concerned, this movie pulled it off very well.
Current Mood: pleased
Current Music: "Mission Impossible" theme