Mr. And Mrs. Smith (2005)

Synopsis: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie smolder in one of the most anticipated, sizzling action films ever made. After five (or six) years of vanilla-wedded bliss, ordinary suburbanites John and Jane Smith (Pitt and Jolie) are stuck in a rut the size of the Grand Canyon?until the truth comes out! Unbeknownst to each other, they are both coolly lethal, highly paid assassins working for rival organizations. And when they discover they’re each other’s next target, their secret lives collide in a spicy, explosive mix of wicked comedy, pent-up passion, nonstop action and high-tech weaponry that gives an all-new meaning to “Till death do us part!”

Mr. And Mrs. Smith (2005) 7.5

So, what do you get when you cross central, key elements of ‘True Lies’ with ‘The War Of The Roses’? Is it the sum of its parts, or do you get a largely different beast? Well, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’, whether intentionally or not, certainly does its best to answer this question.

Not to be confused with the Alfred Hitchcock romantic comedy, this particular ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ is a romantic action-comedy featuring then couple-in-the-making Brangelina as a husband and wife who work for different covert operations – but who aren’t at all aware of each other’s secret identity. Inevitably, they end up crossing paths on the same job… and the bullets fly.

I know it’s probably a moot point to say this, but ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ will never be considered Masterpiece Theatre, and anyone expecting that would be supremely foolish to even consider investing time in watching it. But it’s dumb fun, the action sequences are a thrill-a-second (even though one can hardly imagine the frail-looking Angelina as a rugged assassin) and there isn’t a slow moment in the movie. Not bad.

The real weak point, ironically enough, is the casting of Pitt and Jolie. For some reason, the chemistry remained off-screen, and neither of them are at all believable. I’d sooner watch George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones than these two – even in an action flick!

But the script is solid enough for this type of vehicle, the direction is fluid, and the production value explodes all over the screen – so it’s going to be worth revisiting someday. Quite frankly, I’m surprised that a sequel wasn’t cranked out, because they had a great formula going (a TV version was attempted, with a different cast, but it didn’t get off the ground. It’s probably better that way, actually…).

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