Part of me wanted to hate Mission: Impossible 3. Tom Cruise is a whack job (you'll notice that I don't dignify "Tomkat," scientology, or any other such Tom-foolery with posts on this site).
The other part of me wanted to love it. Director JJ Abrams is also the director/creator of Alias and Lost, two of my favorite all-time shows.
I'm pleased to say, I guess, that the latter half of me won out. M:I3 was entertaining as all get-out. It doesn't hurt that the flashback structure is very Alias-esque. With his script and directing style, Abrams brought some things to the table that I thought were sorely missing from the first movies (the second one especially): Ethan Hunt has a personal life now. It really works; it furthers the plot; the movie is good. There is humor, both subtle and laugh-out-loud funny.
Also, unlike M:I2, the latex mask thing wasn't used as a crutch...much.
This post sucked, but I went an entire day without a post. Here is the obligatory Friday post (and the obligatory Final Post Ever to Mention Tom Cruise).