Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

by | Jan 18, 2006 | DVD & Blu-ray Video Reviews | 0 comments

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

Starring:  Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie
Studio:  20th Century Fox
Video:  2.35:1 Widescreen Enhanced
Audio:  DTS 5.1, DD 5.1, Spanish Surround, French Surround
Extras:  Preview for The Sentinel; Commentaries (3); Trailers (Theatrical Teaser, Theatrical Trailer, Mr. & Mrs. Smith Soundtrack Spot, Family Guy Trailer); Deleted Scenes (3); Making a Scene Featurette
Length:  120 minutes
Rating:  ***

This could have been just another ho-hum Hollywood action flick, but two main things managed to save it: (1) Humorous parts that are actually funny, and (2) the excellent on-screen pairing of Pitt and Jolie–the chemistry between the two is pervasive and strong.

The two play spies who have been married for years, but aren’t aware that they are both working for competing organizations.  When a job goes awry for both (because of the other) they have acquired new targets—each other!  What was once a fairly mundane married life for the pair is now a highly charged explosive game of cat and mouse.  Director Doug Liman (Bourne Identity) is well versed in the art of the action film and manages to keep a successful pace without overly tiring the viewer.  Vince Vaughan is a funny sidekick to Pitt’s character and although the twist near the end of the film isn’t huge, it is enough to keep interest and help the film through to the end.

Taking a step back, there is quite a bit of violence that gets a little graphic in parts, but overall won’t offend the adult viewer.  The movie is rated PG-13, so keep this in mind when showing the kiddies.  All in all, the film is a fun romp and if you aren’t expecting a “Best Picture,” and can suspend disbelief (as in many big blockbuster action flicks), then it will be more than enjoyable.

– Brian Bloom

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