So this Mission Impossible: III thing is coming out tomorrow. And I find myself at a crossroads. For pretty much most of Tom Cruise's career, I've been maintaining a pretty honorable attendance record where his movies are concerned, guided by the Auteur Theory - I see the ones directed by major directors and avoid the ones by more middle-of-the-road filmmakers - so that means Eyes Wide Shut but not Vanilla Sky, Born on the Fourth of July but not The Last Samurai, Magnolia but not Far and Away, Collateral but not A Few Good Men. Tom Cruise is a cipher on the screen most of the time - I enjoy him most when a director works hard to wipe that smirk off of his face over the course of the film (most notably in Minority Report and Magnolia). Didn't like the first two M:I films much, but had to go, since DePalma and John Woo were the respective directors.
So what to do here? JJ Abrams - he's the TV guy, right? What to do, what to do. How do I rationalize going to see it? I know - I'll use the excuse I used to make to justify seeing the later Bond movies; I would only go to them based on who's playing the bad guy, as in Christopher Walken in A View to a Kill or Robert Davi in License To Kill. So you say Philip Seymour Hoffman, as the evil arms dealer, is in charge of the smirk-wiping? I guess I'm in. Thank God for the Rainbow Cinema downtown - home of the $4.25 matinee. Have to cut my losses somehow.