3.5 stars (out of 4)
I missed my chance to see this film when it was in theatres. I finally managed to catch it during my recent flight home from Tokyo; and I enjoyed it a lot. It was funny right off the bat, followed by a stunning plot twist! The thrilling action and humour carried over during the rest of the movie as well.
Honestly, I can’t remember much about the previous installments of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE and whether they were the same way, but I really liked how flawed and fallible Ethan Hunt was shown to be. Other characters were questioning the soundness of his motives and his methods. Although his successes were certainly due in part to his exceptional skill and determination, if it weren’t for his reliable comrades and plain good luck, none of it would have been possible; and that was made obvious.
Props to Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment system, which is vastly improved from just a few years ago. Navigation is easy and pages load quickly. I was watching in English and it was possible to turn the subtitles on. This is especially useful as sometimes it is hard to hear in a noisy environment like a plane cabin. That said, the dialogue and sounds seemed pretty clear through my earphones anyway, a credit to both the film and the system probably.