Knight and Day

It’s time to take a look at one of our very favorite Tom Cruise movies! With such well known classics as Top Gun, Jerry Maguire and The Mission Impossible movies under his belt, it’s easy for people to forget that Tom Cruise is great at playing humorous roles. Join us as we present our true and correct opinions on one of Tom’s best comedic movies: Knight and Day.

Smartass Summary: Tom Cruise kidnaps Cameron Diaz.

Slightly less smartass summary: The spy one that isn’t Mission: Impossible.

Ok ok, REAL summary: A girl lies to get on an airplane, and is swept into the adventure of a lifetime.

Overall opinion:
Buttered Popcorn loves this movie! It’s one of our very favorites. We could watch it again and again! Tom shines a quirky but dedicated super-spy, and Cameron’s great as the feisty, relatable young woman who unwittingly becomes the crucial player in a deadly game of keep-away. The movie is FUNNY. It’s so much fun to watch, and it’s clever and exciting at the same time.

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***Spoilers beyond this point!***

Fun Moments:

This is an action/comedy, so there are TONS of fun moments! TONS! The challenge for us has been to narrow down our favorites! But here are a few that we loved the most.

“This is the guy!” One of our absolute favorite scenes in this movie is the scene with Roy, June and Rodney in the diner. June has fled from the scene of carnage, where Roy has recently rescued her from the “FBI”. She tries to get help from her ex-fiancé, and he takes her to a local diner to talk about what’s bothering her. Of course, it soon becomes clear that Rodney doesn’t understand June at all (this scene shows us pretty much why they broke up). But the best part comes when Roy tracks June down at the diner, and casually joins them at their table. His interactions with Rodney and June are HILARIOUS! It’s both pitiable and funny to see June try to make sense of what’s happening, and to make Rodney understand that Roy is not a normal person.

“I did warn you not to get on the plane.” The scene where Roy explains that he “warned” June not to get on the plane? WONDERFUL! What’s not to love about June furiously declaring that “Sometimes things happen for a reason” is not really much of a warning? NOTHING, that’s what! It’s perfect!!

“What number would you like?” If you haven’t seen the movie yet – Go. If you have, you know EXACTLY what we’re talking about with this one. This scene is worth more than the price of admission!

Cool things about this movie:

The Humor:

This movie is FULL of laughs, and we love it! I mean, it seems like an obvious thing to say, but it’s so rare to get to see Tom play in a true comedy. He plays in movies that have fun moments in them, but many of his films are dramas or action films (not that Knight and Day isn’t an action film, too), and as such we don’t get to see him show off his amazing comedic talents. He is so good at making us laugh, and this movie is a marvelous showcase for that!

June’s Growth:

One wonderful aspect of this movie is June’s progression from a terrified passenger to an active agent in her own adventure. It may not seem like it, since most people would consider Tom’s character, Roy, to be the main focus of this film, but Knight and Day can be seen as a traditional adventure tale, and June Havens is the hero of this tale.

As with many adventure stories, June is dropped into adventure without being particularly heroic or ready for what’s about to happen. She wants to do adventurous things (like when she tells Roy that she wants to “drive and drive, and just keep driving”), but her life is fairly tame when the movie opens. She runs a car repair shop, and her idea of taking a big chance is kissing an attractive guy she’s just met.

June Havens is the hero of this tale.

By the end of the movie, however, June is outsmarting (and out-driving) the bad guys, she’s investigating the roots of her fellow adventurer (successfully!), and shooting the bad guys while Roy drives. She even saves Roy from what seems like an inevitable fate – being kept “safe and secure” (aka, imprisoned forever) by the CIA. In other words, June gets to turn the “damsel in distress” table around and save Roy in the end instead. We think that’s awesome, and we loved watching June turn from spunky-but-normal victim of circumstance to an independent agent, taking control of her own story.

Favorite Quotes:

  • “Don’t worry, June. I got this!” – Roy
  • “Next time try, ‘JUNE, if you get on that plane, you will fucking DIE!!!'” – June
  • “I don’t believe in fate. But I believe in luck.” – Roy to June
  • “Always the classics, Roy.” – Fitz
  • “You don’t know what you’re typing into that computer, Frank!” – Molly
  • “Someday. It’s a dangerous word.” “Dangerous?” “It’s really just code for ‘never’.” – Roy and June

Favorite Character:

Roy Miller! Believe it or not, this was a tough one. June is a great character, and we love her to pieces. But we had to make an executive decision, and Roy won out. Here’s a few reasons why we love Roy:

  • He’s caring: Roy will fire a dozen rounds into an enemy agent in a heartbeat (even if that agent works for his own government), but he has a soft spot in his heart for the hard luck cases! As his mother says of him, “He always took care of everybody.” He has to use June to protect the Zephyr (and Simon), but when the bad guys try to put her in harm’s way, he goes the extra mile to see that she stays safe. In fact, he lets June believe that he’s ready to betray his country, and that June means nothing to him, so that he can help get her back to safety. Oh, and he’s been supporting his elderly parents ever since he left them to join “The Agency”. Unless you really think Frank bought that lotto ticket and forgot about it…
  • He’s smart: You may or may not have noticed, but we love a guy who’s clever. Roy is as clever as they come! He stays a step ahead of Fitz every time, even though Fitz has the support of the entire CIA on his side. He knows how the system works, and he finds clever ways to stay undercover when he needs to.
  • He’s a goofball: It may seem paradoxical, but as clever and smart as Roy is, he is also a total goofball. He doesn’t seem to understand exactly how people work, at least not at first. He understands June enough to know that she will follow him out of the hotel if he tells her to stay in the hotel, but he didn’t understand that it might be a bad idea to drug a woman without her permission, because she wasn’t “coping well”. That’s the quirky nonsense that makes the character hilarious!

Pic Spam!

Here’s a bunch of pics we liked! We capped them ourselves!

This first view of Tom is SO beautiful!
Magic haaaaaaaair!
Roy makes a selection…
Agent-in-charge Isabel George is basically DONE for the whole movie…
Roy is not about to get poisoned!!
Not about to get shot, either!
Get them, Roy!
Just one of our favorite shots!!
Awww, true love wins the day!

Watchability level: HIGH!
Buttered Popcorn recommends you watch this movie! It’s fun, it’s exciting, and it’s thoroughly enjoyable! Absolutely a great flick!

Re-watchability level: HIGH!
This movie is so much fun that we can watch it three times a day or more! It’s a little bit of a mystery, although you find out who the bad guys are close to the beginning of the movie. But it’s not the mystery itself that makes the movie so much fun and so easy to watch over and over again. It’s the comedy, it’s the adventure, it’s the excitement! In our humble true and correct opinion, there is literally nothing not to love about this movie! And for those of you in love with recent films, it’s a nice peek at some early work of two wildly popular actresses: Viola Davis, and Gal Gadot.

Final Verdict: Knight and Day is hilarious and wonderful! Hilarious and wonderful is good! So!  Melt that butter, pop that popcorn, and have yourself a rip-roaring, gut-busting, giggle-inducing good time.

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