My Husband loved the books and he would have liked the movie except for the casting of Jack Reacher. Tom Cruise is certainly not convincing in the role mainly because of his size. The following is a description given of the book character:
His gaze was both wise and appealing, both friendly and bleak, both frank and utterly cynical." Reacher is described as being 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) tall, weighing 210–250 pounds (95–113 kg) and having a 50-inch (130 cm) chest.
That is a far cry from Tom Cruise who is just over 5'7", weighs approx. 150lbs and doesn't portray the personality of the book character realistically:
I am a fan of Tom Cruise who is a very popular and talented actor but, appearance wise someone like Adrian Bouchet would be much more convincing.
I understand Tom Cruise asked to play the role but the decision to let him was disappointing for some who are fans of the book character. Should realistic casting be important? The movie was not spoiled for me but my husband couldn't get past his disappointment in the casting of someone who is such a far cry from the Reacher character.