Similarly, I like Mission: Impossible, the first movie. J and I just watched it last night, and throughout Jerry kept going, "This is so ridiculous. Why is the dialogue so heavy-handed?" (There is consistent "dialogue as exposition" problem throughout. Characters never talk to each other; they're constantly explaining stuff to the audience.)
I was like, "I don't care. Look at Cruise. He's so INTENSE!!!! Don't you just love that?"
Mission: Impossible, in my mind, was when people just started realizing that Cruise's two facial expressions were either clenched jaw or unclenched jaw. He still seemed boyishly giddy to be an action star. There are times, during the action sequences, that he seems genuinely surprised, like he isn't entirely in control of the situation.
The iconic hanging-from-the ceiling set-piece? Yes, it's mockable. Yes, it's ridiculously contrived. Yes, it is overwrought.
However, before last night, I didn't remember anything special about the sound design. I forgot how the silence of that scene enhances the suspense. How his acrobatics are accompanied by whispers. How feminine and delicate he looks hanging from his little trapeze.
Anyway. I liked it.