I give Tom Cruise more credit than most. Not only do I think he's a talented actor, but he can produce great movies. The Mission: Impossible franchise has done very well for itself by staying fresh and staying good in its last two films. Every installment seems to one-up the previous one with new stunts, great action, and different casts.
But for the character of Ethan Hunt to work, there has to be some level of consistency. There's one thing I've noticed from the Mission: Impossible 5 Rogue Nation trailer that makes me question the entire franchise:
Tom Cruise's hair.
In the first Mission: Impossible, Cruise sports his fab crew cut. We've seen it a dozen times. This is how I picture my Tom Cruise before bed.
Four years later, Mission: Impossible 2 came out and Cruise had some time to decide to grow his hair. I mean, why not? I remember those phases. Ethan Hunt is human, too.
M:I 2 was terrible, and another movie wasn't made for six years. This gave Cruise enough time to re-think and re-brand. Maybe the crew cut was the answer. Also, JJ Abrams.
Bad Robot sticks around, but Cruise goes back to luscious locks? Oh, I get it. It's a pattern. This was the strategy. Along with switching up cast members and directors, Cruise chooses to flip-flop hairstyles.
Uh oh. Bit of a curve-ball here. Not sure what to think anymore. Before, it was a pattern. Now, it's chaos.
I thought I knew Tom Cruise. I thought I knew the franchise. I can't help but think this stunt could tank this movie. My friend had to tell me about the airplane door stunt because I was too busy throwing my bobble-head dolls across the room in agony. We'll all find out when Mission Impossible 5 comes out on July 31st, 2015.