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1, 2, and 3 are kinda standalone yes. I think the last 3 or so do tie together. I've seen them all but the last 3 or so only once.  1 and 3 are my favs.  The last one was very good IMHO. The one where Cruise actually flew the helicopter and Superman guy was in it. 

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The last 3 have all been excellent and the original is a classic. 2 and 3 both kind of suck though with 3 being by far the worst. 2 would probably be decent if it wasn't so stereotypically John Woo, 3 is just a shitshow.

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12 hours ago, Dynaman said:

You don't need to see any of the movies before any of the others.  Any plot points that are important are given enough detail to watch each of them individually.

That said, if you do watch them all, there are winks, nods, and other subtle references to the earlier movies in the latter three.  For example, I really enjoyed Ghost Protocol all that much more when I noticed the brief appearance in a non-speaking role of a certain minor character from the first movie. ;)

However, Dynaman is right.  The movies (especially the last few) were pretty much...

"But McQuarrie and Cruise are keenly aware that they can’t lean too heavily on the plot or people will lose interest. We don’t need speeches. And so the dramatic stakes of the set-up are pretty much enough. Nuclear bombs, a double agent or two, a homicidal mastermind—now go!"

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/mission-impossible---fallout-2018

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13 hours ago, sketchley said:

That said, if you do watch them all, there are winks, nods, and other subtle references to the earlier movies in the latter three.  For example, I really enjoyed Ghost Protocol all that much more when I noticed the brief appearance in a non-speaking role of a certain minor character from the first movie. ;)

However, Dynaman is right.  The movies (especially the last few) were pretty much...

"But McQuarrie and Cruise are keenly aware that they can’t lean too heavily on the plot or people will lose interest. We don’t need speeches. And so the dramatic stakes of the set-up are pretty much enough. Nuclear bombs, a double agent or two, a homicidal mastermind—now go!"

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/mission-impossible---fallout-2018

Agreed, and MI: Fallout was fantastic, if McQuarrie is in the for the next two then so am I.

-b.

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11 minutes ago, eXis10z said:

I see the first 4 as stand alones. Rogue nation and Fallout are kinda linked since they touch on the same villain organization. I quite enjoyed the last 3.

While it's true that all 6 films are basically stand alones (in the sense that they provide enough detail within an individual movie to understand the greater context), I would say that 4, 5 and 6 are linked.  Such things as the disbanding of the IMF organization and the destruction of the Kremlin in 4 are relevant to the plot/in-universe world in 5, and 6.

And, as much as I totally dislike 3 and find it a redundant retread of 2, it kind of is essential if you want to fully understand Ethan Hunt's actions and character arc in 4 and 6.

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If nothing else the last few have been better then the last few Bond movies.  I was not impressed with the (first) MI movie at all - well I was negatively impressed.

 

(edit - added in edit, forgot to write it first time around)

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4 hours ago, Dynaman said:

If nothing else the last few have been better then the last few Bond movies.  I was not impressed with the MI movie at all - well I was negatively impressed.

With the exception of Skyfall which IMHO was quite good, I wholeheartedly agree that the recent MI movies have been infinitely more enjoyable than the most recent Bond movies.

-b.

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