Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The Smiths

Alright, enough of the moping!

Another movie I loved was Mr. and Mrs. Smith. I don’t give a damn whether Brad and Angelina actually hooked up behind the scenes. What they put on screen is entertaining enough.

The movie isn’t your usual summer action movie. Sure, it has explosions and spies and weapons of mass destruction. But the sparks that fly between the two impossibly gorgeous-to-look-at leads are more explosive than any guns or bombs detonated on-screen. The movie is actually an examination of what marriage is, but as seen through the perspective of two people who, by the very nature of their jobs, are forced to conceal huge chunks of themselves to their partner. It is a movie about marriage counseling disguised as a Hollywood summer blockbuster.

What’s interesting is that the movie shows how hiding many secrets between partners can erode a marriage. It also shows that it is possible for people to fall in love without completely knowing the other person. I suppose deep down a person cannot really fully hide his persona. Either that, or Brad’s and Angelina’s characters are just really in love with the other person’s looks—and who can blame them, they’re two of the most gorgeous people in the world. Had the movie cast Paul Giamatti (of Sideways) and Allison Janney (of The West Wing) in the title roles, would people have bought it?

The whole movie is about the discovery and rediscovery of a couple with one another. Love is a battlefield, but after inflicting damage to their own home, the two come out stronger and as one. And as a couple they are able to handle threats that come their way, especially the ones that come with enough firepower to level a whole building.

But again, would the movie have worked had they cast normal-looking people?

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Hay naku, when one is sick, nothing much happens to one’s life. Thus I’m reduced to reviews. Sheesh. Siskel and Ebert must have been really sickly people.

4 Comments:

Blogger Kervin said...

Nice review, no spoilers :D

get well Joel!

3:33 PM  
Blogger sky said...

Pag pala nagkakasakit ka, nagiging Cinema One ang The McVie Show.

8:04 AM  
Blogger McVie said...

SKY: HBO naman. O at the very least Cinemax, hahaha! Iisa pa lang na Tagalog movie ang na-review ko.

11:04 AM  
Blogger sky said...

What I meant when I said Cinema One was the movie review program previously aired. Can't remember the title but I think Pia Guanio used to host that show.

5:27 PM  

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