I took my daughter Solara (she's 5 yrs old) to the new Mission Impossible (M:i5). She loved it so much she wanted to watch 1-4 too. She burned through 1-3 in one night. Then watched the 4th, Ghost Protocol, the next day.
After all was said and done, she turns to me and says, "Daddy, I didn't like the 3rd one."
Me: "Really? Why is that?"
Solara: "Because! It didn't have the impossible thing."
Wow! I thought to myself. Very shrewd observation. She's 100% correct (BTW). But I wanted to tease out an explanation, so I asked, "What do you mean, honey?"
"Well, it has all the explosions," she informed me. "But there's no impossible thing. In the first one he's hanging in the secret room. In the second one Mr. Impossible hangs from the rocks. I want to do that someday! I want to be like Mr. Impossible."
"What about the 4th and 5th movies?" I ask.
"He climbs the tall building and hangs onto the plane."
"That's right," I say.
"But in number 3 there is no impossible thing!"
*Such a smart girl, I have! And good taste too. But the best moment was while watching Mission Impossible 2 and the car chase on the cliff, and the two Audi's spinning in tandem in super slow motion, my daughter turns to me with a deadpan face and in a dry monotone asks, "What are they doing?"
"The director of this movie likes to use slow motion," I tell her.
"Why?" she asks, obviously annoyed that the cars are STILL spinning.
I laughed out loud.
After her scathing review of number 3, I asked her which she liked better, number 2 or 3? She informed me, "I like Mission Impossible 3 better. It wasn't stupid like number 2."
She spoke my mind! She did go on to add that she liked the motor cycle chase scene with Mr. Impossible (that's what she calls Ethan Hunt aka Tom Cruise) at the end of number 2 though. And I agreed with her, that was the best part.
By day I am an educator and a cultural ambassador. By night I entertain notions of being a literary master. In reality I am just a family man and ordinary guy who works hard and loves writing just about as much as I love my family. Just about.