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Mr and Mrs Smith (15)

JENNY LEACH

June 3, 2005

Well, they say the best things are worth waiting for, and Mr and Mrs Smith certainly has had a very long engagement, as various stars from Catherine Zeta Jones to Johnny Depp seemed poised to take the lead roles. It looked as though cameras were ready to turn when Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt were finally cast as the eponymous pair. Then Kidman pulled out and Pitt did likewise only changing his mind when Angelina Jolie stepped up.

Two of Hollywood's most gorgeous stars clearly thought they could create on-screen chemistry, and gossip columnists wasted no time in speculating about whether make-believe would become reality.

But never mind all that, what about the film?

Mr and Mrs Smith is something like War of the Roses with a dash of True Lies, delivered by director Doug Liman, who made a success of action thriller The Bourne Identity.

John Smith (Pitt) and Jane Smith (Jolie) are, on the surface, as dull and suburban as they sound. In reality, they are spies, but neither of them knows it. Romance has faded over the years, and, although there's plenty of excitement for each in their separate jobs, there's nothing thrilling about their union. Until, that is, the agencies the Smiths work for assign them their toughest mission yet to eliminate each other.

Battle commences as the acrimony in their relationship (and there's a great therapy-room scene) finds expression through bullets, bombs and car chases.

While some critics have been disappointed the talented Jolie opted for yet another blockbuster, they have acknowledged that Mr and Mrs Smith saves itself from the instantly forgettable category, thanks to its pace and wit.

It should keep you wanting to know if the Smiths are renewing their marital vows or arranging their other's funeral by the end.


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