Mr. & Mrs. Smith: A Juxtaposition of Gender Perspectives [Cinema Static]

by on November 28, 2009

in Entertainment, movie reviews

I absolutely love Mr. & Mrs. Smith starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

The first part of the movie is couples counseling between two people who just don’t talk any more. I mean face it, leading a double life, there are bound to be gaps of conversational material.

I love the portrayal of the classic gender myths.

Angelina Jolie’s methodology to a “hit” is to set up ahead of time, be prepared and settle in and wait. Preparation is key to the hit with alternate plans in place just in case.

Brad Pitt’s approach is the guys approach. Take a really big gun and a bunch of other guns and show up just in time befor the target gets there.

Angelina’s gun supply is a finite number of weapons. Brad’s is an entire vault underneath the garage.

Angelina is precise in her attack. Brad’s is spraying bullets or the biggest shell in the direction of the target.

I love the development of the tale of two spies who eventually find out about each other and when they realize that they could survive if they split up, love rules all and they stick it out together.

All the while they argue in silent hand signals about how to go about kicking the bad guys butt.

It’s a pretty fun statement on the conflict between the genders while using the medium of entertaining gun-lay and spy-ware to tell the tale.

I’m sure there’s a great psychology paper somewhere that’s already been written about it.

Tidbits on Mr. & Mrs. Smith:

Did you know that Nicole Kidman was originally set up to play Mrs Smith but when she dropped out, so did Brad. But when Angelina Jolie came on board, Brad came back into the project.

Hmm. I always wonder when, during the filming, “it” sparked between Brad and Angelina.

According to Angelina Jolie, a few months into filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith, she realized how much she looked forward to going to work, and how she and Brad found themselves enjoying working together. They didn’t consider anything serious until the end of the shoot. (People)

Any how, Cinema Static loves this movie. If you approach this movie with the right frame of mind and aren’t looking for some sort of literary statement, it’s an awesome popcorn fun movie and I give Mr. & Mrs. Smith an 8 out of 10. I don’t dare give it a 9, do I? Over on IMDB, it has a 6.4 out of 10. I better play conservative and stay at 8!


On stock starting December 6th on Amazon:
Mr. & Mrs. Smith – Unrated (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition)

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