Movie #245 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
(2004, US, d. Doug Liman)
From the director of The Bourne Identity comes one of the most perfectly-timed releases of all time. Just as Jolie and Pitt began the relationship that captivated the world, their action flick about a boring old marriage spiced up by new discoveries hits theaters. It doesn’t hurt that they have incredible on-screen chemistry, or that the writing is sort of fresh. It doesn’t hurt you have the talent of both Pitt and Jolie and their commitment to their roles. It doesn’t hurt you have Liman behind the camera or the fact that the movie is actually kind of good. Brad Pitt plays John Smith, a secret agent who soon discovers his lovely housewife (played by Angelina Jolie) also happens to be a secret agent at a rival firm. What’s worse: their next assignment is to kill the other. There are some films that come together with the acting, some with the writing, others in the editing or VFX department. This one really had it going with the log-line. A fresh film aided by star power, Mr. & Mrs. Smith is wild, funny, and very entertaining.