Posted October 01, 2017 at 07:47 AM | Updated October 01, 2017 at 07:48 AM
Tom Cruise in “American Made.” (David James | Photo provided to MLive.com by Universal Pictures)
By John Serba | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s fun to see Tom Cruise flying a plane again, and not just for nostalgia’s sake. Smuggler-turned-informant Barry Seal, the smarmy unhero of “American Made,” is his most maverick role since “Magnolia,” and I know I just made a left turn there, but please follow me anyway. The past decade or so has marked a Cruise renaissance with “Jack Reacher,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and an uptick in quality of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, and “American Made” gives him another character smack in his wheelhouse, fitting him snug and comfy like a pair of stretch Levis.
His performance here is arch and funny, self-aware without the wink. Barry Seal was a real person with a wild life story, so…