In an early, positive review of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," the Hollywood Reporter‘s Michael Rechtshaffen sings the praises of both director Doug Liman and the sculpted superhuman beings that combine to form Brangelina:
Expertly tossing off the type of well-sharpened banter that was the domain of Gable and Lombard and Tracy and Hepburn, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie no matter what their off-camera status make one swell combative couple.
As David Thompson reminisces in the Guardian, there used to be something (a rare but undeniable something) called chemistry between certain on-screen pairings, which meant that, rather than awkwardly mashing their lips together (in a fashion that might reasonably be mistaken for either an attempt at giving medical attention or assault) to indicate they are in luurve, an actor and actress might feasibly convince us they are actually attracted to each other. Before the lip-mashing takes place, even! On a side note, we pose to you this: was there ever a less magnetic screen kiss than Vin Diesel and Asia Argento in "XXX"? And is it foolish for us to hope that, even if it must be fueled by an off-screen illicit affair that may or may not be taking place, "Smith"’s stars might actually generate on-screen sizzle? After all, according to Defamer, the ad alone is apparently enough to ignite whole buildings.
Meanwhile, Liman, no fool, drops some salacious comments about the movie’s bedroom scenes to UK tabloid The Mirror.
+ Mr. & Mrs. Smith (HR)
+ That certain something (Guardian)
+ Burn Hollywood Burn: â€˜Mr. And Mrs Smithâ€™ Is Too Hot! (Defamer)
+ Exclusive: Angelina’s X-Serrated (Mirror)