"What if Tom Cruise is a genius?"
-Uh oh. Knight and Day is raising some thorny questions, apart from the obvious one related to Cameron Diaz being "the same height as Mr. Cruise onscreen".
Tom Cruise has never made a completely unwatchable film.
You include Cocktail in this assessment?
Cocktail is horrible, but the bartending, well, watchable.
Lions for Lambs is unwatchable.
What if the main character had been merely a bar back? The movie wouldn't rest on Tom's bar-backing.
@Baduncle: The Daily Dish is hosted at theatlantic.com, I think.
"Cocktail" is dumb but it is energetically dumb (Brian Brown deserves much credit for that as well). It totally stands out in its genre. The same way Risky Business" and "All the Right Moves" are hardly Oscar films but far, far beyond their peers. "Days of Thunder?" Brain dead but thanks to Cruise it's completely watchable when compared with something like "Driven." "Losin' It" is arguable the worst film Cruise appeared in while "Legend" is maybe the worst "Tom Cruise film" and that's simply because it's fantasy, a genre which does not allow Tom Cruise to be "TOM CRUISE."
Compare his filmagraphy with any top marquee action star type from Harrison Ford to Ben Affleck and Cruise remains far more watchable.
Hey, what can you expect from Harrison Ford? He's already working around the clock.
True, better not get Harrison mad, he's going on very little sleep.
@Krug: Ok that movie was painful but it was not THAT bad. And I'd argue the Tom Cruise "Senator Frank Mackie" parts (like with Magnolia & Tropic Thunder) were the best parts. What made that movie suck was Robert Redford, who has somehow forgotten he was only an entertainer and instead decided he needs to "make a difference" or some such shit. Cruise, so far, appears to understand that he is a commodity and people expect to be ENTERTAINED when his name is attached to something.
Vanilla Sky, War of the Worlds…
Jerry McGuire is pretty unwatchable, but that's just one man's opinion.
@kitten: Totally watchable. Not the best but infinitely more interesting than, say, "The Manchurian Candidate" remake or "Wanted" or "Troy."
@ Goons: It's far better than "Meet Joe Black."
He understands what his job is and knows how to get it done. Very few movie stars you can say that about. Oh! And I completely forgot to mention how good he was playing (again) a psycho hit man in Collateral.
Oh God, War of the Worlds was AWWWWFUL.
Christian Bale once pointed out that he based his character in American Psycho almost entirely on Tom Cruise. I haven't been able to watch a Tom Cruise movie since then without thinking about that.
He is a gifted sociopath indeed.
I think he took Curtis Armstrong's advice in Risky Business too seriously and forgot the "sometimes" part.
If he is, a salamander couldn't limbo under that bar.
I have no problem with Tom Cruise being a comic genius but I do have a big problem with movies where bigger-than-life heroes intrude upon the lives of ordinary people. Whether it is this or Killers (2010) or that one where Shia Labeef meets Andrea Jolie it's just not cool or fun or smart (except for that one example I can't think of that was awesome but that was like 20 years ago and should have put the genre to bed permanently).
I also have a problem with people who think Scientologists worship Xenu. They hate Xenu! He's basically so much Ming the Merciless that King Features should sue. The closest they come to worship is L Ron, a man who ripped off comic books.
Is "that one where Shia Labeef meets Andrea Jolie" mean to be Wanted? 'Cause I am so stealing that as the synopsis of Wanted.
"…and introducing Sean McAvoy as Shia LaBoeuf."
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