I saw this film yesterday. I rather enjoyed it. That's pretty much it as far as the review goes actually. It's Mission Impossible! It's Tom Cruise! It does what it says on the tin.
I will say, though, that it is always nice to see Simon Pegg doing his thing and that Jeremy Renner (who is about to play Jason Bourne!!) also gives an excellent performance.
Recommended? Yes. If you enjoy this sort of thing.
And now ladies and gentlemen.....Tom Cruise.
He was never a childhood/teen crush of mine but, over the years, I have come to really appreciate his work.
Some might say that he is always Tom Cruise in whatever role he plays and I would agree up to a certain point. However, I don't necessarily think this is a bad thing because, for me, it has almost become a (reasonably) reliable sign of quality.
Obviously he was hugely famous before this but he first really came to my attention playing Lestat, in Interview With the Vampire. I LOVED those books in my teens (The Vampire Chronicles, by Anne Rice, for those of you who don't know what I'm talking about) and, even though everyone thought he was going to do a shitty job of playing a vampiric icon, he put in the work and he nailed that sucker.
My favourite scene is still the one where he is throwing grapes at Louis (Brad Pitt) across the dinner table. He captures the essence of the character perfectly throughout the film and really made the role his own.
Seeing a recent trailer for the upcoming Rock of Ages, in which he plays a leather-clad 80's rock star, makes me even sadder that he never got to play Lestat all the way through to Queen of the Damned. Instead we (well, I at least) had to suffer through that absolute clusterf*ck starring Stuart Townsend. Is there such a thing as book rape? I think so.
Oh, how things could have been...................(Thank you Google search!)
So, in a nutshell, I like Tom Cruise. Well, acting-wise at least, I don't know him personally.
Do I care that he is a Scientologist? No.
Am I disturbed by his relationship with Katie Holmes? Couldn't give a f*ck, Jones. (Ooh, obscure Bridget Jones quoting - nice!)
The only question that matters to me is: Did he do a good job? and, most of the time, the answer is Yes.
Rant over, for now at least..........
Thanks so much for reading :)