Not bad. Not great. there’s a lot that this could have done better, it’s really long for the story it’s trying to tell, the score is uninspiring, the actin s sparse and is kind of recoiling, the movie leans on sexuality as a spy tool and the story that it is trying to tell is nothing special. This does have good cinematography, it’s a nice cast and even though it’s long and not much happens, it never quite falls into being boring. Not high praise.
I know this isn’t for everyone, and fortunately I’m not everybody. I love a western and the Coens and dammit if I don’t appreciate the episodic and pulpy format of it. I like every story, some heartbreaking, some tragically humorous, all with the signature Coen touch.
This sets itself apart in the MI series of movies through its visual storytelling and the Hitchcock-like suspense mixed with a mini-Ocean’s 11-style heist factor. The cold open is one of the best in the series. Ving Rhames finally gets a shot at a little spot to shine by showing that he is a bit of the heart of the team, while simultaneously showing his character’s technical expertise. I’m glad this movie doesn’t fall into being a sloppy romantic triangle around Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. This could really find its way getting bumped up to five stars for just the love of movies.