In honor of “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” hitting home rental this week, I thought I’d do a ranking of all six “M:I” movies in which Tom Cruise plays Agent Ethan Hunt. As an action movie junkie, my views may differ from the typical critical rankings. Cruise does almost all of his own stunts, and they are just as much the star of the show as he is, so I’ve included a nod to the best action sequence in each film.
I subscribe to Entertainment Weekly but I’m not an avid follower of the book world, so I kind of got the impression that EW was forcing things in the wake of “Harry Potter” when it became obsessed with “Twilight,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “Hunger Games.” To me, these all seem to be niche franchises that are being pushed into mainstream status for lack of anything that fits the mold better.
“Moneyball” includes so many scenes of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (Brat Pitt) and other baseball people spitting chew into cups that it almost plays like an extended version of that “Naked Gun” riff where even the players’ wives are spitting. It’s as if screenwriters Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin and director Bennett Miller were trying to paint this as a “baseball movie” in the same sense as “The Natural” or “Bull Durham” or “61*.”