It’s the film that formed one of Hollywood’s favorite couples.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and it’s a film that starts off like few others if any others at all. Jane and John are attending marriage counseling and viewers are given the perspective of the counselor. It’s weird and odd, but I’d be surprised if you’re not hitched. It’s amusing and entertaining and it doesn’t detract from that direction throughout the whole film.
As we learn more about Jane and John’s relationship, we can tell their fond of each other and there’s some genuine affection there but it also doesn’t seem like they know much about each other. Dinner’s at 7…every day. What fun is that? The goal’s to try to have dinner around the same time, but these two are incredibly punctual because they don’t have anything better to do. They’re not living life. It’s become too much of a routine and they’re getting bored with it.
These are all things you can gather from our two leads and sometimes they’re able to do all this with just facial expressions and body language. A simple glance between these two can mean a whole mini-conversation, the type of look that you’d expect to get from a friend like “You did what?” except the looks differ each time and yet still carry an exorbitant amount of expression and tone that differs from the last one. It takes two talented actors to be able to do something like that but Jolie and Pitt make it look so casual and natural, which only makes the allusion all the more convincing. It’s the type of depth you hope to find in your main characters and you’ll find it in Jane and John here. It’s important to note that Jolie and Pitt do all this without much dialogue, making their performances that much more impressive.
The dialogue is blunt and to the point. It offers a plate of witty humor here and there and that makes all the difference in the world because it brings a new tone and mood to the piece whenever it begins to get too serious or uptight. At the same time, Mr. & Mrs. Smith doesn’t shy away from serious and more thought-provoking content because there’s a fair share of that to be had in this film. They find out the life they’ve been living is a lie, but at the same time you can tell there’s some abstract force binding them to each other.
There’s character development to be had as we get more and more immersed with the characters of Jane and John, characters that Jolie and Pitt continue to encompass throughout the film’s progression. It feels like you’re watching a story, not a movie being played out on the big screen.
Then comes the action and let’s just say you get your bang for the buck in this one. You get a mash-up of explosions, shootouts and martial arts combat and while it can be unrealistic at times, it’s nothing to throw a fuss over because chances are you’re being served some of the witty banter that I mentioned earlier. It’s doing what The Avengers did so well, giving us laughs on top of a plate full of adrenaline-rushed action awesomeness.
Once again, if you’re new to my blog, I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.
80-89 It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (Non-Stop, Divergent, Spider-Man 3, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Young Guns)
50-59 This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (Alien Resurrection, Full Metal Jacket, Thor, You’re Next, The Starving Games)
40-49 This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Alien, Serendipity, Cowboys and Aliens, 300: Rise of an Empire, A Haunted House)
0-19 Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (Midnight Cowboy, Dark Fury, Alien 3, Open Grave)
My score for Mr. & Mrs. Smith: 94
A romantic-comedy posing as a film for action aficionados, Mr. & Mrs. Smith hits home on so many levels that I’d be surprised if you don’t like it. Ladies, take note: when guys talk about watching a rom-com, this is what they’re talking about, not this.