With such a high bar after Ghost Protocol, this plays more like a… MoreWith such a high bar after Ghost Protocol, this plays more like a Mission: Mediocre for me. The high reviews and praise as being the best in the series really baffle me, because the plot overall was very vanilla and straightforward. I thought they played too many of their cards in the trailers, because pretty much any stunt (aside from details of the third act) has already been mostly revealed over the course of the trailers. The plane stunt is amazing, and the driving and motorcycle stuff is amazing, but aside from those scenes, nothing really leaves a lasting imprint for me. I feel like they strung a bunch of spy and stunt scenes together without much setup, whereas in Ghost Protocol there was dialogue and setup to the scenes and they had more substance. Overall, I'd still say it's a decent, be it a little disappointing, entry into the franchise (my 3rd favorite), but I'll need a re-watch of the original and Ghost Protocol to get my enthusiasm for the series back up to the level it was at.
A sluggish first-act is more than made up for in the 2nd & 3rd act.… MoreA sluggish first-act is more than made up for in the 2nd & 3rd act. Funny overall and good action, it's different enough from previous Marvel movies but is still a great kickoff to the 3rd phase of the MCU.