Friday, May 4, 2007

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith; Action comedy, USA, 2005; D: Doug Liman, S: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaughn, Adam Brody, Kerry Washington

John Smith and his wife Jane are married for 6 years but their marriage is sinking deeper and deeper into crysis so they decide to get help from a marriage counselor. But neither John nor Jane know that the other is a member of a secret organization of assasins - John is a killer in a completely male, Jane in a completely female firm. When they are assigned to kill te same man, the finally discover the truth. They get orders to kill each other, but they discover their real identities and new passion, thus liquidating their bosses.

A movie that Jennifer Aniston probably wished was never made, the satire "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" is more relevant for the fact that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie fell in love there than for some outstanding quality, but it's still a very solid, amusing and easily watchable achievement. Actually, the first half is even good and offers at times a subversive satire that's parodying "dead" marriages in which wives and husbands don't know nothing about each other, and director Doug Liman manages to put a few fresh sparks, but soon the cliches undermine the story and the finale just a routine fixated at empty action. But the two main protagonists are simply irresistibly charming, especially the funny Brad Pitt who would have been an excellent comedian if he tried, and the scenes in which John and Jane are at the marriage counselor and can't remember when it was the last time they had sex or at home where they only talk about routine things like the color of the curtains seems as if they predict the future of the famous star couple.


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