Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Doug Liman, B-

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

The sexiest thing in this picture is neither Ms. Jolie nor Mr. Pitt, rather extensive photography of 570 Lexington, the old General Electric Building. It’s spire with Thor-like bolts of celestial lightning make a perfect backdrop for the escaping hot spy ninja babes. It is very hard to dislike this movie, despite every attempt from its incredibly asinine script. It’s so very odd, because the dialogue is quite clever and there is a fine attention to detail in the set and costumes and overall use of . . .just the perfect props. But the story makes absolutely no sense. At times I felt that this was part of the charm — that the filmmakers didn’t want us to take the story seriously — but then I would reverse this position, realizing that, no, this is an actual action-adventure film. So, in that regard, it is a miserable failure. But why did I enjoy it so? You go see and tell me. (Side note: how marvelous an art project would it have been to extend the first fifteen minutes to feature length? Jolie and Pitt in gorgeous outfits and a marvelous home not communicating and looking solemn at one another. If only it was in a foreign language, too!)

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  1. Yeah, I enjoyed the movie too. And I wasn’t expecting to in the least. How does that happen? I give the credit to the charisma of Pitt and the direction of Liman. What a fun summer flick though!

    Comment by Justin — June 23, 2005 @ 4:48 pm

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