John (Pitt) and Jane (Jolie) Smith are having marital problems.
After five or six years of marriage, the spark has gone and their lives
have become routine. Each of them exchange pleasantries every morning, go
to work and exchange the same pleasantries when they return home. Routine.
That is until their jobs cross paths because unbeknownst to both of them
they work in the same field. They are trained assassins with new targets.
Two of Hollywood's most beautiful come together and face off
in the ultimate battle of the sexes but do Brad and Angelina sizzle or simmer?
Bringing together two of Tinsel Town's sexiest is a great
idea on paper and the good news is that it works on screen. Brad Pitt and
Angelina Jolie are every woman and man's fantasy when it comes to describing
their perfect man or woman. Each of them has the power to allure both sexes
with fabulous good looks and charm in abundance. Neither of them are all
about looks however because they can both act.
A film like this is nothing without chemistry and Brad and
Angelina instantly click. Director Doug Liman and screenwriter Simon Kinberg
cleverly combine action and banter that brings out the best in each of the
actors. John and Jane bicker, confronting their cocktail of lies that formed
to the foundation of their marriage while in the middle of a gunfight. As
their home is been blown to bits by shotgun fire, the two of them verbally
spar for not just the physical but also the mental comeuppance. The two
stars deliver the lines effortlessly, highlighting their skills and talents
as actors, which they seldom have the chance to show in big budget productions.
(See 'Troy' and 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider').
Backing the pair up is a scene stealing performance by Vince
Vaughn. As John's business partner and fellow hitman Eddie, he himself is
going through hard times and has moved back in with his mom. This gives
the Vaughn the chance to shine as he provides most of the great one-liners
in the film and lights up every scene that he is in. There is also a noticeable
appearance by O.C. favourite Adam Brody, who like Vaughn grabs his chance
to inject some more comedy into the proceedings. It is just a shame that
neither of them are in the movie enough.
Doug Liman is becoming THE multi-talented director. Very few
people at the helm of a major, big budget Hollywood movie can successful
combine all the glitz, glamour and high-octane action with performance and
well-defined characters. While this may not have the complexity and sophistication
of 'The Bourne Identity', the movie is still a cut above many other films
in the action genre. Limon effortlessly combines outrageous action sequences
with character interaction expertly but is not scared to slow the pace right
down to allow the characters to grow. This is the sign of a director who
is comfortable with all aspects of filmmaking, which is a very rare commodity
in the business.
'Mr & Mrs Smith' is a clever and engaging action comedy that
is all about the main characters. While no one else really gets a look in,
the film is actually better for it as it gives you more time with John and
Jane as they try and work out the difficulties in their marriage, in the
most extreme of ways.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic with Dolby Digital 5.1 and
dts soundtrack, the transfer is extremely good.
Feature Commentary by director Doug Liman
The man at the helm records a new commentary track for the director's
cut of the movie, where he outlines the differences between this and the
theatrical version. This interesting track reveals many a secret from
behind the scenes of the film.
Trailer for 'Omen 666' and '24 Season 5'
Confidential Files (15.20 mins)
Entitled 'Bogotá', 'Perfect training', 'Dried flower surveillance', 'Here's
Johnny', 'The assassins arrive', 'Finding a ride version A & B', 'Chinese
Laundry', 'Send in the Fog', 'It's all about Benjamin' and 'Alternative
Ending', these deleted and alternative scenes suffer from the lack of
a commentary track or introduction. There is also a 'Gag Reel' that shows
the fun on the set.
Domestic Violence: shooting Mr & Mrs Smith (33.05 mins)
Director Doug Liman, screenwriter Simon Kinberg, producers Akiva Goldsman
and Lucas Foster, 2nd Unit director Simon Crane, choreography Marguerite
Derricks and star Angelina Jolie talk about the movie and take you behind
the scenes of the production of the film. The featurette reveals how the
film was pitched to every studio, some more than once before it got picked
up. With secrets from the production and multi-angle shots from the shooting
of the film, this is a good featurette that fans will enjoy.
Doug's Film School
Entitled 'Framing Device', 'Mother and Father', 'Snowy Ravine', 'Hood
jump', 'Underground garage', 'Homemade' and 'Previsualization', director
Doug Liman talks you through his approach to filming key scenes and the
techniques he uses to get those shots.
View onset and behind the scenes images from photo albums compiled by
Doug Liman, producer Lucas Foster and the Mr & Mrs Smith crew.
Including a new cut of the movie and more featurettes than the original
release, fans of 'Mr & Mrs Smith' will enjoy this new definitive version
of the movie. There could have been a few more interviews with the cast
but director Doug Liman's film school makes up for these shortcomings.
If you are a fan, this is well worth adding to your collection.
Commentary by director Doug Liman and screenwriter Simon Kinberg
After his success with 'The Bourne Identity', director Doug Liman talks
about how he got involved in his next action project and how he wanted
it to be very different. Writer Simon Kinberg talks about the development
of the script, emphasising the relationship more than the action sequences.
The pair talks about trying to create a different kind of comedy-action
movie and what Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie brought to the film. This
is a good and very chatty commentary from two men who seem like they really
enjoyed making the movie and it also offers an insight into Doug Liman's
film making process.
Commentary by producers Akiva Goldsmith and Lucas Foster
The two producers of the film come together to provide an informative
and chatty commentary for 'Mr & Mrs Smith'. They talk about the evolution
of the movie into a romantic comedy with gunfights. They talk about shoot
in Los Angeles and Vancouver and how Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's onscreen
chemistry brought a lot more to the relationship between John and Jane
in the movie. This is a more technical and informative track but still
well worth a listen.
Making a Scene Featurette (8.03 mins)
Director Doug Liman, writer Simon Kinberg, producers Akiva Goldsmith and
Lucas Foster, stunt coordinator Simon Crane, editor Michael Tronick and
star Angelina Jolie talk about creating the hood jump sequence for 'Mr
& Mrs Smith'. The group reveal how the scene developed from a car chase
sequence that had to be changed due to budgetary restrictions. We see
how the scene developed and how they put Brad on the roof and in the back
of the car.
Deleted Scenes (8.23 mins)
Entitled 'John and Eddie in the kitchen', 'House cleaning' and 'Homemade
store shootout', these deleted or extended scenes are unfortunately not
accompanied by a commentary or introduction to reveal why they were removed.
Trailers Watch the teaser and theatrical trailer for 'Mr & Mrs Smith'
View trailers for '24: Season 4', 'Fantastic 4', 'Crash' and 'In Her Shoes'.
Fox have done an OK job with the DVD transfer of 'Mr & Mrs Smith' but
it could have been so much more. While the two commentary tracks are good,
the lack of extensively making of… featurettes is a bit disappointing,
especially from Fox. Fans might be slightly disappointed but the commentary
tracks do make up for some of these shortcomings.
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