Mr. & Mrs. Smith | C+

director: Doug Liman
starring: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie

A “domestic spy thriller” that’s heavy on look and light in the realism department, but still manages to entertain. Pitt and Jolie are both good as the title characters, fighting against each other, and against a horde of masked men that apparently can’t aim a gun to save their life. Liman, the director of The Bourne Identity, is a good director, but he seems to have developed a slight case of ‘Michael Bay-itis’ in this flick, using sweeping camera moves and odd angles during relatively benign sequences (do we really need a crane shot to show Pitt walking?).

The action in the flick is good, if wildly implausible, but it’s enjoyable if you’re willing to substantially suspend your disbelief. Jolie’s smoking hot, so it’s probably worth seeing just for her as well. I’ll assume the ladies like Pitt as well.

The plot is pretty throwaway, moving from one big action sequence to the next, Jolie and Pitt bantering about the lies they’ve told each other over the years in the downtime between gunshots. Worth a look, at any rate, but a rental moreso than ownership of the movie now on DVD.

Updated: January 21, 2006 — 8:58 am

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