Thursday, July 07, 2005

A Short Movie Review

I went to see Mr. & Mrs. Smith last night. I'd heard good things about it, so I walked into the theater with pretty high expectations. Note to self: never go into a movie with high expectations. It's a sure recipe for disappointment.

It wasn't that the movie was bad, exactly. The premise was wonderfully fun, and there were some great bits of humor. But the pacing just wasn't very good, leading to lots of long, dead spots without much in the way of laughs and action sequences that just draaaaaagged. And I found major parts of the plot weirdly hard to follow, possibly due to bad editing. Anybody want to explain to me, for instance, how he managed to survive the elevator? I made up a nice, plausible explanation, but it wasn't remotely clear to me from what we saw on the screen if it was right or not.

Also, I have come to the conclusion that I just have difficulty accepting Angelina Jolie in the role of a human being, 'cause she simply doesn't look like one. Seriously, she looks like some kind of sex android, or possibly a walking parody of the Hollywood concept of female beauty. I can accept, for the duration of a movie, all kinds of wacky spy antics and ridiculous technology and wild coincidences. But I simply cannot stretch my suspension of disbelief far enough to encompass Angelina Jolie's lips.

Mind you, I gather that at least the last couple of lines were really great, judging by the big laugh they got from the audience. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no idea what they were, as the cell phone belonging to the colossal asshole behind me chose that moment to go off for the second time.

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