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Some notes pre-Part Two:
I remain very curious about the way this film handles the character of Jamis. Why is he the very first named/speaking character we see onscreen? I wondered if the alternate future Paul sees with Jamis is what would happen if Paul were willing to sacrifice Jessica/didn't kill Jamis as her champion – but I'm not sure that tracks.
The Gom Jabbar scene is simultaneously a test of both Paul and Jessica, and the duel with Jamis, it…
A dazzlingly impressive sleight of hand: Cruise and McQuarrie make 2 hours and 43 minutes disappear just like that. This thing moves like a gale force wind (and knocks my critical hat clean off in the process – I've had such a hard time pulling my thoughts together in any coherent way).
Since Ghost Protocol, the Mission: Impossible films have started chaining their action scenes, which is to say they've adopted the following format: multi-part set piece, exposition,…