much more than mission: impossible — fallout, this finds tom cruise in an almost elegiac mood. a man who knows he’s getting older, who is filled with regrets, but still feels compelled to push himself and his body to the absolute limit.
and thank god for it. this movie is exciting, tense, thrilling, earnest and heart-felt. it is everything you could possibly want out of a blockbuster, from unbelievable aerial stunts to screen-filling close-ups of jennifer connolly’s incredible face. i had a fantastic time.
Plenty of people smarter than me have written about how the movie embeds the message of the legend — what would we do, what would we sacrifice, to give ourselves a story worth telling — into the narrative itself.
I just want to say that I was struck by the preoccupation with death throughout the film. Death as an inevitability, death as something to respect, death as an opportunity for life, death as something that — if we are lucky — we…