Friday, June 10, 2005

Movie Review: Mr. and Mrs. Smith

If you've ever wanted an example of a summer 'popcorn movie' this is it. Despite it's 2 hour running time, very little is actually accomplished. Sure, you get to see some cool gadgets, a lot of gun fights and even an interesting car chase involving a minivan but after everything is through you are left pretty much where you started. Oddly enough, I was fine with that.

There is nothing here that hasn't been done before in one movie or another but this is not a movie that relies on a strong story. This is a picture solely driven by the star power of it's two leads. Sure there is some action and some laughs but without two very big names attached to the project, this movie would most likely never had been made. Both Pitt and Jolie are perfect in their roles as the husband and wife contract killers totally oblivious to the others activities. Their acting, as usual, is well above average, and of course it doesn't hurt that they look the way they do. Their on screen chemistry is unmistakable and is central to the movie. It may have been interesting to see Nicole Kidman play the role of Mrs. Smith, as originally cast, but I have to say that the part, at least as it was done, seems to fit Jolie to a tee (and a tight white tee at that).

This is not the type of movie that you should worry about trying to analyze after the fact. The plot holes are so large that you could drive an entire convoy through them, but that just doesn't matter. If you like Pitt or Jolie, you will probably find yourself enjoying Mr. and Mrs. Smith, despite all it's flaws. If you are not a fan or either of them, then it's safe to say that there is nothing in this story to win you over.

3.5 out of 5 (the extra .5 is just for great job by the wardrobe dept. for Angelina's various outfits)


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