Directed by James Mangold
That was a lot of fun. I could just leave it at that, but I won’t. Mainly because I think this movie (sadly) needs some defending.
Everyone needs to get over Tom Cruise. Yes, the man is probably crazy, but we all are in our own eccentric ways. The thing is, we aren’t all on a television channel (somewhere in the world) 24 hours a day. The worst thing Cruise ever did was tell people that they shouldn’t use antidepressants, and yes, that is certainly way out of his jurisdiction. He has no right to pass judgment on people, just as they have no right to pass judgment on him. For God’s sake we’re a culture that practically canonized a man like Frank Sinatra, a man with known connections to the MAFIA, yet still we hate Tom Cruise. Why? Sadly I think it has more to do with what he believes in than anything in particular that he’s done. Scientology is a crazy ass religion, but then again, they all are. If you have the right to believe in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, than let Tom Cruise have his Aliens. It’s fair game. And guess what? Once you get past all that, you can’t help but realize that Tom Cruise is a Movie Star with a capital MS. The man has enough charisma to start his own religion and guarantee about a million followers. He’s damn entertaining and I can’t help but think that anyone who says differently just can’t get over his personal life to reconcile the fact that Cruise is a talented man. And that’s a shame.
Cameron Diaz. Oh Cameron Diaz. I used to love you. “The Mask”, “There’s Something About Mary”, you were so promising… okay, well actually, you were just so hot. But for the past few years I have slowly cooled off of you. Then you go and actually act again. “Knight and Day” is easily her best role since (the classic) “There’s Something About Mary” and I can confidently say that Diaz not only refrains from messing up the film, she actually improves it as well. The relationship between her and Cruise is just loads of fun. In fact, the entire film is just loads of fun. James Mangold makes sure that the film never takes itself too seriously or gets in the way of itself. The closest film I can compare it to is “Charade”. And while “Knight and Day” is not quite as good as that classic, it’s still favourable that I can make the comparison at all. The humor of the film is spot on, the action is intense, and the banter is well written. Quite simply put, the film just gels. (And any time I get to see Peter Sarsgaard in a film, it makes me happy. Take note, Sarsgaard is only a few roles away from something spectacular, even if he is sort of wasted in this particular role.)
The bottom line is, if you’re avoiding this film simply because it has Tom Cruise in it, please give it a chance. I think you’ll be surprised by how much you enjoy it. Tom Cruise has been entertaining us for well over twenty years, and whether you believe it or not, he’s still got it. Here’s to twenty more.