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MR. AND MRS.
Budget: $110 million
Opening Weekend: $50 million
Writer: Simon Kinberg
Director: Doug Liman
Stunt Double-Angelina Jolie: Eunice
Distributors: Twentieth Century Fox
Mr. And Mrs. Smith is the quintessential summer action
movie - there's a tiny thread of plot tied together
with several explosions. I was expecting very little
else from this movie, and as a result I was pleasantly
Recently the movie has been marketed according to the
private lives of the actors - did Angelina break up
her co-star's marriage? That's what all the recent trailers
were asking. Since I don't particularly think it's any
of my business, I was getting less and less excited
Early trailers emphasized Angelina leaping from tall
buildings and shooting down the bad guys back to back
with Brad. This intrigued me. That's all I feel like
seeing in a movie when I'm seeking refuge in the air-conditioned
movie theater from triple digit mercury. I don't want
to think too hard, and I don't want to cry. I want some
thrills to drive away the lethargy of summer.
Mr. And Mrs. Smith delivered more than I expected. There
were plenty of fights and big guns and high-tech subterfuge.
Not just two pretty people flirting - though there was
a lot of that too. Mr. Smith confessed his love at almost
every opportunity. Mrs. Smith seemed nothing but cold,
and that's where the casting became so important. The
character did nothing to make herself likable - let
alone lovable - so she had to be played by someone the
men in the audience were already in love with. That's
the only way Mr. Smith's sweet nothings make any sense.
Fortunately, Angelina and Brad are good enough actors
- and had more than enough chemistry - to make the writing
only seem a little thin. Brad can make people laugh
just by mouthing the word "ten" with proper
emphasis. But not even Angelina can keep me from rolling
my eyes when I see that once again the female assassin
has to dress up as a dominatrix while Brad was off playing
poker and looking cool. Can't we be a little more creative
about how a woman might infiltrate an organization and
get close to her target?
But then, maybe I'm asking too much. This movie's motto
seemed to be eye candy. The spy toys were flashy, the
guns were laughably large and the explosions included
lingering showers of sparks. Maybe someone just couldn't
resist getting Angelina into the outfit of their dreams.
It doesn't look like they got paid for it, though.
There were plenty of opportunities for elegant product
placement. I guess Home Depot/Expo/Crate and Barrel
didn't want to see their store getting shot to pieces,
even though the fake logo got lots of screen time and
Brad said "This is a great store."
But there was a "Fight Club" t-shirt. And
several easily-identifiable kitchen knives if you go
looking for them at your favorite upscale warehouse
home store. I always wonder who got paid for the product
placements and who got in the movie just because the
makers really like the product. I mean, I seriously
doubt anyone paid to get Fight Club a little more advertising.
But hey, I could be wrong, Fight Club is another Twentieth
Century Fox film. And the not-so-subtle subtext of this
movie is also that upper-middle-class American life
is an expensive sham. I guess we can all just hope the
big secret our friends and lovers are hiding is that
underneath they're really Brad Pitt.
What's this about a stunt double for Angelina?
Nope, she didn't do all her own stunts, but you wouldn't
know it from watching the movie. Eunice also doubled
for Angelina in the Tomb Raider movies and Troy. She
also did stunts for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.