Doesn't quite live up to the hype, but it comes close. Insane production design and inventive action (though there's so much of it that it gets slightly repetitive). Character development and story in general are mostly afterthoughts -- not really the point, I suppose. There's basically zero substance here, but you're only watching it for the style anyway, and that part is pretty great.
It feels a little rushed, but given its YA audience (who've probably already read the books) and its already 113-minute running time I suppose not going longer (or splitting it into two parts, as is fashionable) was the right choice. We'll see if the sequel is more fleshed-out now that the groundwork has been laid. Cool visuals and surprisingly affecting characters given the limited amount of time that could be devoted to each -- great casting does a lot of…
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Finally got around to the last M:I movie I hadn't seen. It was way better than I expected, but the ridiculous John Woo BS was actually worse than I thought. Way worse. Throw in the horrible overuse of the mask gimmick, and I think the bad surprises cancel out the good ones.
I think the distracting time-jumpy structure distracted the screenwriter most of all, because the characters here are all over the place. What's on the screen is actually pretty good, but it feels like a few scenes got cut accidentally and -- with three separate timelines going on -- no one noticed until it was too late. Pretty ballsy to start off with the central character demanding you pay close attention and then reward that attention with ... this movie.