I don’t know that there’s any more obvious lead in to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a movie I heard described as “beautiful people shooting at one another”. That does pretty much sum it up, but I think Roger Ebert is right when, in his review, he says:
None of this matters at all. What makes the movie work is that Pitt and Jolie have fun together on the screen, and they’re able to find a rhythm that allows them to be understated and amused even during the most alarming developments. There are many ways that John and Jane Smith could have been played awkwardly, or out of synch, but the actors understand the material and hold themselves at just the right distance from it; we understand this is not really an action picture, but a movie star romance in which the action picture serves as a location.
For better or worse, that is it exactly. And I was entertained, even if it was a festival of cartoon violence.
Vince Vaughn, incidentally, seems to have totally jumped tracks in his career. Not that he doesn’t do it well, but I wouldn’t have guessed he’d end up in this role five years ago.
Tomorrow we intend to watch a movie I will feel much less guilty about enjoying, The Girl with the Pearl Earring.