Running Time: 120 minutes
US Certificate: PG-13 UK Certificate: 15
Country: United States
Brad and Ange, Hollywoods most sickeningly photogenic bags of eye-candy, come together on screen at last in Mr & Mrs Smith – the action-packed spy-romp during the filming of which they didnt start rumpy-pumpying for real, honest.
Not to be confused with Alfred Hitchcocks 1941 rom-com of the same name (the only thing the two flicks have in common is their title), this noisy tale of a particularly troubled marriage has Mr Pitt and Ms Jolie as a couple who clearly dont buy into the idea of sharing absolutely everything with one another. You see, when Mr Smith leaves the house each morning, supposedly heading for his job as a big-money contractor, hes actually off to work as a secret agent. And, when Mrs Smith claims to be heading for her job on Wall Street, shes actually off to work as a erm secret agent. You can already see where a conflict of interests might crop up somewhere along the line.
After taking just a little too long to get down to the nitty-gritty and have them each discover their other halfs secret, the pair go on to banter and quip their way through countless explosions, punch-ups and shoot-outs. Sometimes both are trying to kill the same target, and at other times theyre simply trying to kill each other, but either way the body count goes through the roof as Mr and Mrs Smith come to realise there might be quite a bit more passion in their marriage than theyd thought.
Its a messy story, never quite coming together as well as helmsman Doug Liman would probably have liked. Huge chunks of the plot are never properly explained, the direction doesnt move things along quickly enough and regardless of how firmly its tongue is pressed against its cheek I couldnt help but feel a little uncomfortable with watching Mister beat the living snot out of Missus in an extended scene of domestic violence.
Still, the flick seems certain to be a success, and thats primarily down to the undeniable pulling power of the two leads. The chemistry between the pair is plain for all to see, and its primarily thanks to their confidence and enthusiasm for the project (and, perhaps, for each other) that it just about works.
It's Got: A key character wearing a Fight Club t-shirt but never mentioning Mr Smiths uncanny resemblance to one of that movies lead characters. Then again, I suppose the first rule of wearing a Fight Club t-shirt is that you never talk about the Fight Club t-shirt.
It Needs: To give supporting player Vince Vaughn a little more to do. The poor fellow looks more than a little bored.
Married life isnt quite the Pitts in this jumbled-but-fun hubby and wife duel.