Michael Blaker’s Movie Monday Featuring Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Michael Blaker
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Hey all, I’m back with a film from 2005 for this week’s Movie Monday. It’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Plot: The plot is fairly out there as it involves a couple, both of whom are unaware that the other is also an assassin and working for competing agencies. Honestly, the entire movie is pretty funny, but it’s filled with a ton of action including one particularly great scene in their house. That said, it’s not the most memorable movie since I completely forgot about it for years, but it is worth the watch just for the oddity that is the plot.

Casting: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are the movie’s titular characters, but the rest of the cast is pretty good as well.  Vince Vaughn is the standout name to me from the rest of the cast.

Cinematography: As I mentioned above, there’s one particular scene that always stands out to me in this film, and that’s when both John and Jane Smith have a firefight in the middle of their home which absolutely trashes the place. Honestly, I can’t imagine how much fun that must’ve been to film. That said, it wasn’t all glitz and glamour. The film’s budget was exceeded, so at one point the film director was forced to make a set in his mother’s garage that he later blew up with a hand grenade. That was an odd factoid to read about online.

Music: The music is pretty good with a special shout-out to the fact that Pink Martini from Portland, Oregon fame had a song in the American release.

Overall: An okay action-romance film.  It does have issues and isn’t the most memorable.

For those who like: Action, Romance, Drama, and a Great Cast.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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