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My problem with this version is that it is the same one that played in the theaters. On DVD (NOT Blu-Ray), there is an "unrated" version that fleshes out the story a lot better, and in my opinion, makes a lot more sense of why they did what they did, and why they ended up where they did. These scenes were probably cut from the theatrical version because they are a little more "serious" and the movie would have ended up with a 'R' rating. I have noticed in the past that Hollywood is willing to give up important plot points in order to get that PG-13 rating to get the teenager money, and it's a shame. What is more of a shame is that this movie got released to Blu-Ray without the cut scenes. WHY? Only the studios know why they act like idiots.
Mr & Mrs Smith is a very sexy and suave story of a dysfunctional marriage taken to a new level because the couple John (Brad Pitt) and Jane (Angelina Jolie) are both assassins. Their anger at each other gets so bad they try to kill each other.
The movie works two ways. First, it lays out the lost romance between the two. They even go to a marriage therapist which leads to some great scenes where their dysfunction is readily apparent. Second, their relationship explodes and that leads to some great action scenes like when they destroy their house trying to shoot each other and raises the question of whether they can overcome their differences or whether the gun will be the answer. The movie obviously takes the idea of a domestic disturbance to a new level.
An added bonus is John’s friend Eddie (Vince Vaughn) who provides some extra laughs. He always complains about his ex-wife while he lives with his mom. C
So to start off the movie was good. Your typical spy/assassin/action movie. A lot of explosions, gunfire, dramatic jumps, dodges, and throws. Pretty straight forward in the genre.
The only issue I have is at the end. They kind of left it open-ended. What happened to the happy couple? Are their agencies still chasing them? Why would either agency care if one is married to the other and they clearly don't know it? Did they end up moving away to a different country? Did their agencies accept it and just move on? Did their agencies give up because clearly these are the best in their business unless they are willing to up the bounty? Did the agencies up the bounty and continue the hunt for the two agents?
Also, the biggest plot hole is that both agencies set it up for them to kill each other so clearly there must have been some communication between the two, so why didn't they just make sure those two assignments didn't overlap, if both of them weren't at the same job they wouldn't have known they worked for competing agencies. Like big mistake there. For them to even solve this is to put out the bounty of one of them. The one agency puts a bounty on the husband while the other puts a bounty on the wife. Simple as that. Whichever person gets eliminated first the other bounty is cleared. It's just a stupid plot hole that doesn't make sense in the long run.
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2018
I just attempted to watch this movie after receiving it several months ago. It started out playing fine then stopped about 15 min. in. I tried restarting it from the beginning, starting it after the place where it stopped and ejecting it and reinserting it but to no avail. It's a good thing I only paid $1.00 for it. But I really liked the movie and miss that I can't watch it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2016
Just when you thought you had marital problems. Imagine finding out that your spouse was hiding a secret life of espionage just like you and not you are told to whack your spouse..... Now what do you do. This is an epic movie. The action is terrific and the chemistry between the main character is priceless. To see these to go all out at each other shooting up there house to waking up drinking out of broken dishes is just amazing. And what would you do if had to defend yourself and your wife because you chose not to waste you spouse? This daring couple attempts to defy the odds of two separate entities to save their lives, would you?
I did enjoy the movie but thought it might be a more on the "serious" side. If one found one's "mate" to be an international assassin, is hardly the topic for a comedy. Still, it was laced with violence, especially towards each other. However, one can really see where Brad Pitt's marriage to Jennifer Anniston came off the rails. The chemistry between him and Angelina Jolie is palpable.
I recalled thinking this film was good, not amazing when it first came out. I was looking for a light-hearted action film and thought of this. It wasn't free so I rented it. BIG mistake. This film seemed to go on for ever and get nowhere and then continue recycling earlier themes and plots. The budget is there. The acting is just fine but it's just scene after scene of the same tempo and who-cares turns of events.
I’m not really sure what I thought this was going to be, but it wasn’t. Again, I’m just a simple South Texas rancher that just wants to be entertained by a movie. I don’t have all of the poetic opinions of some others who review these movies. I just like what I like, despite directors or actors and lighting techniques. This one was just okay. It seemed a bit quirky and predictable most of the time. All in all...it was okay.
5.0 out of 5 starsSlick Over-the-Top Ultra Violent Slapstick Romcom (Kind of)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 9, 2019
Yes, the plot is slightly ridiculous/unbelievable for the most part, it's incredibly over the top and largely little more than a very good looking but far-fetched violent comedy with a slap of romance and a fairly basic story line, but I actually really enjoyed this film. It looks good, punches hard and doesn't try too hard to be anything more than the disposable stylised domestic caper that it is.
Brad Pitt (swoon) and the ever-unpopular Angelina Jolie (booo) are a married couple who are experiencing something of a lull in their marriage; everything has become a little samey and routine in their seemingly rather mundane home life, but behind the scenes, and unbeknown to each other, they are each actually secret agents working for different agencies as international hit-men/hit-women (hit-people?)! All of this is pulled off pretty well - Brangelina do a great job of portraying a marriage on the rocks and many people will recognise the very common little annoyances and sly comments, all served up with a healthy dose of well timed observational comedy and palpable tension between two of Hollywood's most shiny stars.
This would be all well and good but as luck should have it they are then each assigned a new target to wipe out which turns out to be each other. Typical! We've all been there. Forcing each to scrutinise the worth of their love/marriage more than ever before, this is the basic plot with some international conspiracy/agency fluff around it to meat things out a little as we then go on a rollercoaster of will-they-won't-they cat and mouse as the unlikely situation injects some serious juice into their marriage. This results in some genuinely funny and hyper-violent domestic violence as we watch Mr. & Mrs. Smith beat seven shades of ultra glossed sunshine out of each other, with the ever increasing tension inadvertently leading them to a reconciliation (and a well and truly wrecked homestead) and teaming up for an all-out seriously over the top high body count finale. No need to bring your gun - they have hundreds. And they use them all.
Leave your brain at the door, suspend your belief along with your very probable dislike of Ms. Jolie (why does everyone hate that woman so much!?) and enjoy the film for what it is and it will be a fun, well paced couple of hours of good looking gun-toting nonsense.
4.0 out of 5 starsUsually this kind of thing would fail for me, but in this case it worked.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 3, 2016
Logline: When man and wife assassins discover they are working for rival agencies they have to decide whether to put love ahead of business.
Plot: The plot relies purely on momentum, set-piece action and its stars’ charisma to hold the viewer’s interest. It starts well, but, it all becomes a bit samey, and the ending is a bit of a dramatic fizzle.
Concept: This is Mr. and Mrs. Smith ‘s main strength - the central conceit is great.
Characters: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are the best things in the movie: both great looking, but also good actors, delivering the comic lines in particular with great timing.
See my full review, including plot synopsis, on my website.
Extremely violent, but at the same time very funny story about a married couple, who are both secretly (unknown to each other) professional assassins but on opposite sides, their mission is for one to kill the other - a good movie to watch, although a little OTT at times.