What I expected:
Ethan Hunt getd badly burnt and scarred for life in the first 10 minutes. To save his life and assist his next mission, he gets a facelift and returns as Anil Kapoor, thus allowing all of us Desi's the mind-numbingly rare opportunity to watch him scale the Burj Khalifa, in all his hairy glory.
What we got:
a 5 minute role where he plays a horny rabbit lusting after a girl who is not even that hot, getting slapped in the process. So much for national pride, and so not Anil Kapoor's style.
Jokes apart, MI4 delivers on its usual promise and contains all the shenanigans that are expected of a super agent. This is one movie which will prove to be paisa-vasool entertainment, but not extraordinary.
I mean, its really good - but Not really, really, really GOOOOOD !!
Several sequences in the film are praise-worthy, including the one which everybody knows about - Tom Cruie scaling the Burj. Apart from that, I loved the sandstorm chase, simply because it was absolutely novel and unseen on Cinema, and brought a topical flavor to the film (Visited.Dubai.Experienced.sandstorm kind of thing). The locales and situations are well thought out as well, although I felt at times that subtle marketing of locales and tourist spots was, well, not so subtle. Specially the Burj. I also liked the way the Russian subtitles appear in a particular sequence when Ethan wakes up - he cant make sense of the Russian initially, but slowly the words start getting unjumbled and translate into English as he regains full consciousness. Schmaaart !
India-wise, Ethan Hunt gets to experience Indian traffic and pedestrians and it delights us that even super agents get frustrated at such conditions. India has never been super-agent friendly country.
The acting is decent, with Simon Pegg clocking the most points in terms of entertainment (Making me recommend one of his flicks - Hot Fuzz). The comedy in the film is a little unbecoming of the theme, which tends to brand the agents as terrorists if they get caught. I think this should have put a dampener on their humorous antics. Nevertheless, I ain't complaining as that was fun to watch. Tom Cruise has aged, and it has definitely started showing (evident when I saw Knight and Day as well).
The Best Part ?? Its not in 3D. Thank God for that.