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Mr and Mrs Smith Review

Published June 17, 2005 in Movie Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of 20th Century Fox
Mr and Mrs Smith Angelina Jolie looks banging in Mr and Mrs Smith
Considering that most of the educational systems, in the US, have let out their students for the summer, I thought that it would be best to start this weekend off with two reviews. I just saw Batman Begins last night, and that review is soon to come, but I shall start off with the movie I saw last weekend- Mr and Mrs Smith.

Mr and Mrs Smith- The Plot

Mr and Mrs Smith offers a very True Lies-ish story with a twist. We are introduced to the film by meeting the married couple in marriage counseling. It turns out that the love between this couple has sizzled out, for reasons neither can figure out. Well, as explained, it is hard to carry on with a loving relationship when you are living a double life or keeping secrets-- which both Mr and Mrs Smith are doing. It turns out that each character, though acting like they have normal jobs, are some of the top spies/hitmen for separate 'firms.' The only problem is that these firms are known to compete for contracts.

Therefore, it was only a matter of time when these two spies, played by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, would meet while on assignment. After doing a little due diligence on one another, each character slowly discovers that the person with whom they share their bed is not only living a similar double life, but each has been sent to take the other out.

This latest challenge will either get the couple killed, or re-kindle the marriage, or should I say love, that they had once forgotten.

Mr and Mrs Smith Pitt and Jolie in Mr and Mrs Smith

Mr and Mrs Smith- The Movie

What makes Mr and Mrs Smith such an enjoyable film is that Doug Liman [director] knew exactly the type of film he wanted to make, and does a near perfect job doing so. The film follows a very nice structure that begins in a marriage counseling office with the visitors being Mr and Mrs Smith. A set of very humorous questions and answers ensue, giving you a quick generalization of how far downhill their marriage has fallen. But, at the same time, both characters still feel that there could be something between them and all they need is a catalyst to get their relationship fired up again.

Fortunately, the two agents are able to finally test their relationship outside of the counseling office and in their own home [literally]. What we know about the two characters is that each is a lethal killer, willing to go to any extreme to satisfy a contract laid out by each ones firm. But what happens if the contract requires you to kill a spouse you do not know if you love anymore? Talk about the ultimate test!

Mr and Mrs Smith Mr and Mrs Smith
Once the couple reveals one another's hidden identity, the fun really begins in Mr and Mrs Smith. There is such simple humor to be found watching Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie nervously converse with one another, not knowing how each is going to handle the new contracts put on their heads. Follow this with great one-liners, a back-to-being-funny Vince Vaughn, and funs with guns.

Actually, the only problem with Mr and Mrs Smith is the fact that Doug Liman, at times, asks you to hang believability. There are scenes where Mr and Mrs Smith take on tons of agents, end up in the center of a firefight, and walk away unscathed [except for pelted vests]. However, due to the light formula for the movie, it was still fairly easy for Doug Liman to get away with this.

And, on a last note, Angelina Jolie looks smoking hot in this movie! There is a scene where Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have each other at gun point, causing the camera to zoom in on Angelina Jolie's face. That scene is probably the hottest I've ever seen her and, for a moment, I could understand the reason why Pitt may have left Aniston.

Final Judgment: Mr and Mrs Smith is the ultimate fun-with-guns summer blockbuster movie that the whole family can enjoy. The formula applied to this film allows tons of action/suspense to occur within a light and enjoyable atmosphere. If you like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaughn, comedy, or straight up shoot-em-up craziness, then see this movie.

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