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Somewhat spontaneously, urged on by nasty winter rain and an early release day from school, the boys and I went to see MI:4 this afternoon--or, as I started calling it in my head Mission: Find Tom Cruise a Posse of Actors Tiny Enough not to Loom Over Him Disconcertingly .

We enjoyed it muchly. The action was great, as everyone has said, and the ratio of hand-to-hand over shoot-outs was excellent. People climbed up things and then jumped off them (or sometimes, for variation, jumped off them and then climbed up them) with satisfying frequency.

I'm very glad JR is getting finally getting his share of well-deserved fame, but I was a little sad to see him ratchet back the near-psychotic intensity of the last two roles I've seen him in (The Hurt Locker and The Town) to be, I dunno, almost cuddly. In fact, MI:4 mostly made me want to see The Hurt Locker again, so that JR could show those IMF schlemiels that true badassery consists of balls of goddamn steel, not a plethora of blinking gadgets.

Still, well-worth seeing.

(in other movie news, TTSS is finally in town, but I can't think how I'm going to sneak out and see it before it disappears again).
  • OMG MI:4. I loooved it. It made me an official Jeremy Renner fangirl. I'm in the middle of the Unusuals now. And I've been devouring Avengers fic like it's my job. Still have yet to get my hands on the Hurt Locker tho. *pouts*

    Anywho. I dunno if you're into fic for it, but there's a kink meme for the movie that I've been slowly exploring, ghotocol_kink. It's fun so far, but not extra large as of yet. :)

    • It was a blast--and some of the set pieces were astonishingly well-done--the tower climbing thing, of course, but I thought the one with the cars and the circular garage at the end was amazing.

      JR is awesome--I've never seen the Unusuals. He's amazing in The Hurt Locker, without being remotely friendly or cute--but it's a hard movie to sit through. I had to go by myself since not a single friend or family member would go with me and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. (I didn't even go for him--I went b/c I love Kathryn Bigelow). And he's equally good in The Town (tho' again, kinda psycho).

      I peeked at the fic on A03 and I might check out the kink_meme when I have a minute. The idea of fic involving TC makes me shudder, but Benji/Brandt was kind of adorable.

      • He was really really great in the Town. The Hurt Locker is something that's been on my list for a while, but I just haven't had an opportunity to watch. I love Kathryn Bigelow as well. :)

        I agree about NO TC. The only fic i liked that was even remotely associated with Ethan Hunt was quite gen, and all about how Brandt has a claustrophobic panic attack (which, sorry h/c is my thing) and there's some interesting character back story thrown in as well.

        But benji/brandt is really adorable and is something I think I could be quite into.

        I also really like some of the Coulson/Clint fics I've seen popping up in the Avengers fandom. :D
    • I loved The Town--it really seemed to capture the weirdness of Boston (which is my home town as well--Ben Affleck and I went to the same HS).

      Thanks for the link--you know h/c is my thing too :)

      I have yet to really take the plunge into Avengers fic--I don't really like superheroes (XMFC was something of an anomaly for me) and I don't know who any of the people are. Though I am definitely going to see the movie when it comes out!
      • This is the whole thread link to that kink fic. I just realized the one i gave you only goes to the first section---

        http://ghotocol-kink.livejournal.com/1494.html?thread=35286#t35286
        • okay, I have now read 2 fics! the yummy h/c you linked me to and this one on AO3 b/c I had to read at least one where Brandt seduced the rich guy :)
          • I read that seduction fic as well. It was really fun. :)

            Yep, Brandt is for sure a character I can get behind. <3

            I don't really like superheroes (XMFC was something of an anomaly for me) and I don't know who any of the people are.

            If you watch the first Iron Man movie (which is a treat, imo, even for non-superhero fans. And have advanced knowledge that Captain America was a WWII icon that got frozen then thawed in the present, oh, and that Thor is a Norse God who comes to earth to fight crime occasionally, you'll be fine. :P
            • omg, I have now read several Hunt/Brandt fics on that kink_meme. And enjoyed them. Brandt/Benji is doing nothing for me, but the other thing? May be the worst thing fandom has ever done to me--made me enjoy fic about a character embodied by Tom Cruise. *tears hair*

    • I just wish someone would write fic about Sidorov! :-( Perhaps people have not seen enough pretty pictures of Vladimir Mashkov yet.
  • Oh, you need to see The Unusuals, if you haven't already, for some quality Jeremy Renner! (see icon)
  • You do need to find a way to see TTSS. It's a great film (and the actors aren't bad either!)
    • I know! it's one of my favorite books, as well as having all those actors. But it's rated R, so I can't even drag my kids along...:(
  • I was surprised at how much I enjoyed MI:4. I went with two friends, and we couldn't agree on a movie except for this one, and frankly I expected to be bored. I wasn't. It was everything an action movie needs to be: although I knew they would make it in the end, there was some genuine tension all throughout the movie.
    • I enjoyed it more than I expected as well--it really was everything an action movie needs to be--with some great little extras (not just a car chase! a car chase in a sandstorm!). Tom Cruise is such an irritating human being you forget he's an enjoyable movie star.
  • I watched The Hurt Locker a few days ago, and, ohmygod. Craziest craziest mofo I've seen in a very long time in a movie. And man if JRenner wasn't committed. It blew my mind.
    • Yes--committed is absolutely the word for it! I love that it took a woman director to make a movie like that! Have you seen JR in The Town--not quite as amazing a movie, but still very good, and very tense.
  • Mission: Find Tom Cruise a Posse of Actors Tiny Enough not to Loom Over Him Disconcertingly

    Hee! Pretty much.

    Yeah Jeremy Renner was a little toned down in MI:4. He also is a bit more subdued in The Unusuals. I hope he gets to be a little more intense in The Avengers because he is so good at it, and it's one of the things that makes him so compelling as an actor.

    I did enjoy seeing him be cuddly, though. Probably my favorite part was him questioning Hunt on why the flare thing worked, although the movie had a lot of wonderful humor like that, which grew out of situations and personalities rather than being tacked on.
    • They were such pocket-sized commandos. I wanted them to get a mission and be all "why us? is it our bravery? our technical ingenuity? our sexy good looks?" and have TPTB tell them "no, no, it's just that you guys are the only ones who'll fit through those tunnels/service shafts/cargo containers."

      Yeah, I missed the sense of reined-in, near-psychotic emotion, but we all know how I feel about that stuff. Cuddly was a good look on him too.

      I loved that part too, and you're right about the moments of organic humor in the movie. I loved when concussed!Hunt was trying to decide whether or not to jump off the building and the Russian guy was laughing at him.
  • (no subject) - nwspaprtaxis
  • Your alternate title to MI:4 is a thing of beauty. I think he and Scott Caan should do a movie together. Maybe one where they get to fight elves.
  • I've been thinking of going to see MI4 for probably the exact same reason (seeing Jeremy Renner), but haven't gotten around to it for (again) the same reason. I saw him in Hurt Locker and it had such an impact on me, I think if I started associating him with MI4 it would dull his appeal for me to some extent, haha. I am very excited to see him in Bourne Legacy, though, hmm.
    • Yeah, I agree on all counts. His performance in The Hurt Locker made a huge impact on me too. He is very good in MI4, but it's a different kind of character (he wears a sweater!). Seeing it didn't make me think any less of his performances in The Hurt Locker, bu if you want to see something amazing along those lines, I recommend The Town, if you haven't seen it already. He's intense, and not at all a good guy.

      I'm pretty excited and curious to see Bourne Legacy too!
      • Yes, I've seen him in The Town, his performance was stunning. For me, he completely outshone Ben Affleck. He just has a great way of making a character who's a "bad guy" into someone human, and accessible, and he's really good at making you think.
        • Yeah, I completely agree! Though you have to give Ben Affleck props for casting an actor he had to know would outshine him. Actually, BA was much better as an actor and as a director than I was expecting. But I have kind of a soft spot for him--we grew up in the same town and went to the same high school (though not at the same time).
  • I have to admit, I am less and less into the gadgets--I like my spy movies about brains and/or ass-kicking (that's one of the things I enjoy about the Daniel Craig Bond reboots--he's very convincingly physical). But MI4 was still pretty fun.

    Mission: Find Tom Cruise a Posse of Actors Tiny Enough not to Loom Over Him Disconcertingly

    Hee! Trufax!
    • Yeah, for me it's that I like the hand-to-hand stuff more than stalking/shoot-outs or car chases. For the obvious reasons, I guess ;)

      Can you believe that I've never seen any of the DC Bond movies? I'm sure I'll see the next one, now that the boys are old enough to take. It's going to have another of my favorite tiny actors in it--Ben Whishaw.
      • Oh man, car chases BORE ME TO DEATH. I like the more intelligence-based aspects of espionage--infiltration, going undercover, codebreaking, analysis, etc. (I loved Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to pieces), but if there's going to be action, hand-to-hand is where it's at.

        I have many ~feelings~ about the Daniel Craig Bond movies, but the short ones are thus:

        -Craig's Bond is pretty much the most physical of the lot: I really buy him as a dirty hand-to-hand fighter, and all the martial artists of my acquaintance love the DC Bond movies for the same reason
        -In a weird, slantwise way, they're also kind of feminist (!). I know, right? It would take me rewatching the last one and writing an essay to explain why I think so, but I actually think Craig's Bond genuinely respects women...while at the same time having far less genuine feeling for any of them (or any men for that matter) than his predecessors. Which brings me to...
        -He's kind of borderline sociopathic, but in an interesting way.
        -There's much less focus on silly gadgets, which I like. I mean, I miss Q and all, but now that there is no Q, I feel like we can skip the silly gadgets.
        -The DC Bond movies inspired a small wave of M/Bond fic, with good reason. I can't entirely explain it, but I enjoy it.
        -On the flip side, I have no attachment to any of the Craig-era villains, not even when played by Mads Mikkelsen. And since I've always watched Bond movies 80% for the villains, they're definitely doing something differently.
        -I think they are hands-down the most interesting Bond movies.
        • That all just makes me want to see it! I see the new one is coming out in Nov.--so maybe I can manage to see the other DC!Bonds before that.

          And there is going to be a new Q:



          This insanely compelling slip of a man (also in icon).

          I love TTSS in all its incarnations--but I feel I am doomed not to see the new movie til it's out on video :(
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