YMMV: Mission: Impossible
Works in this franchise with their own YMMV pages:
The TV series:
The films in general:
- Crowning Music of Awesome:
- The Mission: Impossible theme. The version in the first film even made it onto top-ten charts around the world. The movie version is so closely associated with Tom Cruise that it's the background music in the infamous "Happyology" award video that kicked off the Anonymous protests against "Happyology". If you listen closely you'll notice there's no looping, someone is actually strumming the Mission Impossible theme for about fifteen minutes. Ghost Protocol's version, "Light the Fuse", is just insane.
- Once you get beyond the theme tune, the films's scores are pretty awesome as well (Danny Elfman did the first one, Hans Zimmer the second and Michael Giacchino the third and fourth). Of particular note is "Kremlin with Anticipation" from Ghost Protocol, with the Ominous Russian Chanting.
- Fanon Discontinuity: Fans of the original series like to pretend the films never existed mainly due to Phelps turning out to be a villain.
- In Name Only: The view of many fans of the TV series, as well as the cast of said series.
- Ear Worm: You're now hearing the theme song in your head, and it will be stuck there for quite some time.
- Ensemble Darkhorse:
- Ving Rhames who is the only actor besides Tom Cruise to appear in all of the films.
- Simon Pegg is so far the only actor aside from Cruise and Rhames to appear multiple times as a team member.
- Recycled Script: Both the first and third movie involve Ethan being set up by a mole in IMF who isn't revealed until near the end, and who tries to frame the boss of the organization who spends time as an Anti-Villain trying to hunt down Hunt, with the audience left unclear if its because the boss really thinks Hunt is a traitor or because the boss is the traitor. In both their actions force Ethan to go rogue and steal the MacGuffin that the bad guys are after for them, and in both The Mole is in league with an arms dealer. Each movie sees Hunt's family being dragged into the plot to get at him, sees a fairly traditional IMF plot go off without a hitch only for the team to be ambushed after the fact, and features a reference ot Ethan evading airport security despite IMF putting "a guy at the airport".
- Sophomore Slump: While some moviegoers appreciated the easier-to-follow storyline, the second movie is considered inferior despite the flashy action. The third and fourth films got things back on track, and are the best reviewed films in the series.
The first film:
- Better on DVD: When it was released in theaters, many people regarded the first film as being extremely difficult to follow, albeit with a great final act making up for things, which in no small part was responsible for the Actionized Sequel nature of the second film. With the benefit of home video releases however, a lot of people have come to appreciate the more nuanced plot of the first film.