When trailers came out for this movie, it looked like a Tom Cruise movie. Not in the same way that all Tom Cruise movies look like Tom Cruise movies, but by the vibe of the story it was trying to tell. It just seemed like a story no one else could bring to life except him, and I was definitely right.
The movie starts off super strong right from the studio title cards. This movie is being distributed by Universal with the help of a couple of its financiers, and all of their logos get an 80's makeover. You get a nice little cartoon that feels like it was made in the 80s to set up the movie and it's all great. If there is any criticism about the movie early on, it might move a little too quickly. That is barely a concern though because the first two acts are great.
Since the story is based on true events that actually happened, it has a very good arc to follow. You follow this guy as his world gets crazier and crazier and it is a joy to watch. It feels like the movie was custom made for Tom Cruise because of how well it fits his acting style. Cruise will always be charismatic and a pleasure to watch and that talent is on full display here. This movie reminds you why Cruise is one of the last true movie stars.
My only gripe with the movie comes during the last act where the movie plateaus and sinks a little in enthusiasm. It doesn't end on the most interesting note and almost feels like the same energy from the beginning was too tiring to keep up.
Overall, American Made was a crazy story that peeks into some events that really happened in the not so distant past. It has the charm of a Tom Cruise movie with no scenes of him running. It was a good time to watch and a good movie. Not much else to say.