Mr. and Mrs. Smith was a 2005 film starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, in which they played a married couple in a rut, who didn’t know that the other was an assassin and had to kill each other. The film was a fun action comedy, but one that might be more memorable because it’s where the actors met and fell in love, even though Pitt was married to Friends actress Jennifer Aniston at the time, creating one of the biggest scandals in recent Hollywood history and giving the tabloids years of history.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
- Release date
- February 2, 2024
- Francesca Sloane, Donald Glover
Last year it was announced that Amazon was preparing a TV version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, with Donald Glover (Atlanta) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (fleabag) like the married couple. During writing, Waller-Bridge left the project and was replaced by Francesca Sloane, who had worked with Glover on Atlanta as showrunner, and Maya Erskine (One more) as the new Jane. The TV series is finally out, and it’s a great watch, especially for the many things it does differently (and a few it does the same) from the movie.
Marriage is part of their cover as assassins
There were a lot of things the show needed to get right, but the most important thing was how it would handle marriage. This version doesn’t start at the same time as the movie, where they have been together for years and are bored with their lives. Here it all starts when they meet and are already married, as this is part of their assassin cover. In this version, they work for the same assassin agency and marry for work before they even meet.
This was a masterful move on Glover and Sloane’s part, as it allows the series to follow their entire relationship from start to (maybe) end, creating a love story disguised as an action story. This idea also allows for a more relationship-focused story, such as Scenes from a wedding with action scenes, if you will, as the audience sees them meet, fall in love, and have real relationship problems when they’re not killing people or trying to save each other.
He follows their entire relationship
Since they met in the first episode, the TV series has done a much better job of following their entire relationship, both its ups and downs. Episode titles are named after many important moments in a relationship, with names such as “First Date”, “First Vacation”, or “Couples Therapy”. It also helps explain those important moments with excellent writing and perfectly chosen supporting characters for each mission of the week, like having to take care of a man-baby in the episode where they talk about having kids and s ‘they both want. keeping an eye on the couple’s dynamics every step of the way. As in AtlantaGlover’s other TV show, each episode is its own thing, with missions all over the world that allow them to tackle the big moments of a relationship.
Each mission having something to do with these moments allows this Mr. and Mrs. Smith have the cake and eat it too, as there can be action while still showing character development through their actions, reactions, and dialogue. Glover and Erskine have very different energies as actors, and that helped the story, with “opposites attract” chemistry, but with whom the magnifying glass of so many episodes also showed cracks in their marriage and their love without painting any of the characters as the villains. This version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith is so good at examining relationships and their struggles that it’s going to become one of the best Amazon Prime series ever made.
Characters are more important than action
The fact that the series has much more time to explore these characters than a film ever could helps make them much more important. In the film, what the audience learns about John and Jane is that they are murderers; They were bored and had crushes on each other, nothing else. In this version, Glover and Erskine play much more layered characters. He’s a mama’s boy who loves fashion, meditates and wants everyone to like him, while she is much more reserved and secretive, has a cat and can be very impatient when she’s not in charge .
Knowing the characters, their dreams and their ideas about the future also allows the writers to show a couple who may not be perfect for each other, even if they are in love, because their incompatibilities are bigger and bigger with each passing episode. . The strange company of assassins that employs them and only communicates through them via some sort of Slack channel even starts bothering them, asking if they want to change partners, even though that probably means one of them. They will be killed. Can you divorce someone you still love if it means they’re going to get killed? Probably not.
Better secondary characters
The film had Vince Vaughn as Pitt’s friend, Kerry Washington, Adam Brody and a surprising one-scene performance from the then-unknown Michelle Monaghan. They were the only interesting supporting characters, as the movie was the Pitt and Jolie series, as they were movie stars full of charisma, sex appeal, and a romantic chemistry so hot it burns.
The TV show has many more and better supporting characters that have come into play. From Paul Dano as a nosy neighbor to Ron Perlman as a man-baby who needs to be protected and won’t stop whine, Michael Coel as a rival assassin who is much better at it than the protagonists, and John Turturro as the man they have to extract. Information from. There are even cameos from Alexander Skarsgård and Eiza Gonzales early in the series as another Smith couple who must kill or be killed.
Even with all these great actors in play, the two best supporting characters who are the most fun and interesting are another pair of older Smiths, played by Wagner Moura (Narcos) and Parker Posey (Party girl, kicking and screaming). Especially her, because she’s as good as she’s ever been in her many great performances before.
All these supporting characters, many of whom appear in more than one episode, allow the TV series to create a unique universe with its quirky and interesting tone, where it seems like everyone is having the time of their lives playing these characters.
The two pairs of leads have off-the-charts chemistry
As for the similarities between the film and the television series, what is certain is that the two pairs of protagonists have extraordinary chemistry. As said before, the one between Pitt and Jolie is all sex and proved too real even for them, while Glover and Erskine have a more discreet romantic relationship. Neither story would work if the audience didn’t believe that these people were in love and worked very well together. So that was the most important thing to understand in their respective stories, and both couples found what made their stories believable.
This chemistry also helps those who watch the movie and series feel connected to the characters and get stressed when it looks like one of them is going to kill the other, hoping, wishing, that these crazy kids succeed. This is one of Angelina Jolie’s best action films, and it wouldn’t work if it was just her and Pitt shooting each other without it being something more at stake for them. As for Glover and Erskine, it’s nice to see them fighting for their relationship even though they hate each other at that moment, because they are not only a couple, but also friends who enjoy spending time together.
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Both have great action scenes
If there’s anything Doug Liman knows how to do, it’s shoot unconventional, surprising and exciting action scenes. He did it in Bourne’s identity with his chase in a Mini in Paris, in Edge of tomorrowmixing unique kills with humor, and in its Mr. and Mrs. Smith, with one of the best action sequences of all time.
In the case of the TV series, there has been a rotating group of directors that includes Hiro Murai, who might be one of the best directors working in television of all time, as he shot episodes of Atlanta, BarryAnd Station eleven; Amy Seimetz (The girlfriend experience TV series); Karena Evans (many Drake music videos and Slipping at night), and Glover himself, who directs the season finale. These directors also know how to film the action while giving it a special touch, whether on the pitch, in the use of colors and in the way they shoot it. For example, episode four’s car chase around Lake Como is shot much more chaotically than usual, and the viewer thinks he might crash and die.
All of these action scenes, both in the film and the series, sell the stories at their most dramatic and exciting, creating a spectacle worth watching. Both stories end with their house completely destroyed after the couple tried to kill each other, even admitting that they had a chance to kill each other but were unable to do so, proving that These are two couples of assassins, even if they are quite different. , prefers love to war.
Watch the Mr. and Mrs. Smith Trailer for the TV series here
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