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Vince Reports on Mr and Mrs Smith

Published June 12, 2005 in Movie Reviews
By Vince Palomarez | Image property of 20th Century Fox
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Can a film live up to the hype it has when it stars two of the biggest actors who are rumored to have formed a relationship during the filming of it? The answer may surprise you because it sure as hell surprised me when I went to see Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which I have to say is actually very entertaining.

Mr and Mrs Smith Review

Sure we've all heard the rumors about Brad and Angelina (are they or are they not hooking up?) and because of those rumors the studio has capitalized on it and rammed it down or throats with constant advertising (every film I've seen since writing for this site had a Mr. and Mrs. Smith trailer attached) hoping this possible "real life romance" will grab peoples interest and generate some box office gold. What the studio doesn't realize is that in the end a really witty story and some great performances by Brad and Angelina make this film worth checking out.

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past 6 months you know the basic idea of what the story to Mr and Mrs Smith is about. John (Brad Pitt) and Jane (Angelina Jolie) Smith have been married for 5 or 6 years (neither of them can agree on which year) and the marriage has hit a rough spot. Both of them want to make the marriage work, but their second lives as assassins and the need to keep their identities secret prevents them from making their marriage work. Things start to unfold when they are both contracted to kill the same person and eventually each other.

Right off the bat Mr and Mrs Smith hits on all cylinders. Both actors are having a great time and it really shows in their performance and chemistry. If the rumor is true and they are dating you can see why they would make a great couple. Both actors feed off of each other and seem very comfortable working together. This may be helped along by director Doug Liman (Swingers, Go, The Bourne Identity) who has a knack for bringing out a characters personality and making them shine on screen. The story itself moves at a very quick pace, but not quickly enough for you to get lost. The film never settles on being one specific kind of film (action, comedy, drama), but that was something I really enjoyed. This film is equal parts comedy, action and drama and provides enough of everything to keep most audiences happy. Basically it's your traditional Hollywood blockbuster and they never shy away from accepting that moniker.

Mr and Mrs Smith Brad Pitt is unknowingly made for comedy films
If it was up to me Brad Pitt should do nothing but comedy for the rest of his career, because he is so damn good at it. I look at the guy who did Meet Joe Black and then the guy who did Mr and Mrs Smith and they are worlds apart. Sure in a way he's playing the same Brad Pitt role he played in Oceans 11 & 12 and The Mexican mixed in with a little Tyler Durden from Fight Club, but that's what makes him so cool. He is one of those actors who you don't care that he's playing himself; he's just fun to watch. Angelina Jolie on the other hand takes her role a little more seriously and does a great job of playing the straight man to Brad Pitt's goofy persona.

One big knock on Mr and Mrs Smith was the lack of involvement by the supporting cast. Aside from Vince Vaughn's (Swingers) great performance as Brad's friend the rest of the cast (in particular Adam Brody) just kind of becomes an after thought. This film is all about Brad and Angelina and they don't try to hide that fact. I really would've liked to have seen some more interaction with the supporting characters, but that would've just increased the running time (120 minutes) which was already about 30 minutes longer than it should be. Perhaps the ending would've been a good starting point to cut time off. While the story is really good, the last 30 minutes of the film get a little far fetched and detract from what makes this movie so great, the interaction and battle between Pitt and Jolie.

Like I said earlier, Mr and Mrs Smith is not a perfect film by far, but it has enough positives to erase its few negatives. Mr. and Mrs. Smith should be renamed to the Brand and Angelina show because despite the fact that they are playing characters you still see them as Brad and Angelina. It may be a distraction to some, but for the most part with a great story and some fun action you won't even care. Congrats go out to the underrated Doug Liman who continues to produce good film after good film despite taking many risks in his short career. Many people will walk in looking for signs to a possible Pitt/Jolie relationship, but will leave with a smile on their face after watching this fun thrill ride.

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