If you haven't seen Mission: Impossible - Fallout, skim my review for context, it's over 800 words long so don't take too long.
There is a distinct lack of story in the latest Mission: Impossible entry. Unlike its predecessor Rogue Nation, it seems like the characters' journeys were an afterthought. Rogue Nation introduced amazing characters, Ilsa and Solomon Lane. Fallout does nothing significant with those characters and decides to add another villain. But what really gives away the fact that this movie is weak in the story department? The answer is kind of shocking.
Principle Photography, or the actual shooting of the movie in layman's terms, started without a script. There was no story when the movie started shooting. The director, Christopher McQuarrie, only had a rough outline of what the movie was going to be and some stunts planned. He even said in an interview, that for Fallout he was focusing on stunts dictating the story. Lack of a story structure is evident throughout the movie, opening the movie up to many questions.
Not only do the trailers show all of the big stunts in the movie, but they actually spoil the entire movie. There is nothing in the movie you did not already see in the trailer, no stunt or story point is left to discover. What's even worse, is the fact that the trailer actually shows more than the movie ever could. This is due to the trailers having entire sequences that were cut from the film. Some looked very intriguing and I noticed their absence while watching the movie.
In Rogue Nation, Christopher McQuarrie said that he wanted to do the movie right. He did this by writing a compelling story and filming it as best as he could. The stunts might not have been as visually high stakes and cinematic as the ones in Fallout, but the story work shows. Even though there is no crazy set piece, the movie feels more high stakes because of all the character work that is done in the movie. I really wish that the story could have been as good as some of the rest of the stuff in Fallout.