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Commentary by: Film Editor Michael Tronick and more
Commentary by: producer Lucas Foster and producer Akiva Goldsman
3 deleted scenes
Making a scene
“After five (or six) years of vanilla-wedded bliss, ordinary suburbanites John and Jane Smith (Pitt and Jolie) are stuck in a rut the size of the Grand Canyonuntil the truth comes out! Unbeknownst to each other, they are both coolly lethal, highly paid assassins working for rival organizations. And when they discover they’re each other’s next target, their secret lives collide in a spicy, explosive mix of wicked comedy, pent-up passion, nonstop action and high-tech weaponry that gives an all-new meaning to “Till death do us part!””
Mr. and Mrs. Smith is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, intense action, sexual content and brief strong language.
A big reason this film is entertaining is the chemistry between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Admittedly, their recent tabloid romance hangs in the air above the entire film, but for the most part it’s easy to ignore it and appreciate their performances. Pitt is funny as the burnt out husband who is a bit forgetful, cocky, and occasionally caught at the short end of the stick. As he has proven in other films, he can handle the action well. Then again, Jolie has proven herself more than proficient in the action scenes, too. But her character also has conflicted emotions about her husband which makes her entertaining.
The movie has three acts. The first features the two living their separate lives as assassins. Both have spectacular action scenes that establish them as professional killers. The first act also establishes how they met and how they drifted apart. The second act has them coming to the realization that the other is a rival assassin. It leads to a tense face off and the inevitable knock down drag out fight (followed by the inevitable love scene). The third act features them on the run together trying to get away from rival assassins. Unfortunately, this is also where the film starts falling apart as our heroes are attacked by a variety of faceless thugs who can’t seem to shoot straight. The film ends with a very unsatisfying finale that doesn’t answer very many questions (such as who they worked for, how they got out of a shot up department store, and why they’re suddenly no longer wanted). That being said, though, the rest of the film is a fun ride.
The only member of the supporting cast worth speaking of is Vince Vaughn as Eddie. He really steals every scene he’s in as the wise cracking friend of Mr. Smith.
Who should see Mr. and Mrs. Smith? Anybody that enjoys spy flicks, comedies about marriage, or movies featuring the battle of the sexes. Fans of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Vince Vaughn should be pleased as well.
As for the other bonus features, the highlight is a set of three deleted scenes. One shows a lot more of Vince Vaughn and Brad Pitt talking after they realize Jolie is a rival assassin. Vaughn starts taking potshots at Mrs. Smith and starts wondering if she has his house wiretapped. It’s a fun scene. A second deleted scene features more of Pitt returning home with a neighbor as a human shield. You see him scope out the house with a pistol while the neighbor admires everything. The final deleted scene shows Jolie watching her co-workers ransack her house while trying to find clues about her husband. Jolie then finds Pitt’s secret room hidden in the shed.
The final bonus feature is a short video from the Fox Movie Channel entitled “Making A Scene”. It’s essentially a short version of the show from the Sundance Channel entitled “Anatomy of a Scene”. In it, they look at a key scene from the film and analyze the script, the acting, the effects, etc. In this movie they look at the scene where Pitt accidentally shoots Jolie’s car, then gets sent over an embankment inside it. The scene becomes particularly interesting when they reveal what all they ad libbed and how the original footage from the scene was destroyed by a lab error.
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