My Rating: 8/10
Rotten Tomatometer: 59% (now that’s just unfair…)
PLOT: A bored married couple (Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie) is surprised to learn that they are both professional assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other.
WHY IT’S HERE:
Because, as a moviegoer (and an amateur actor), there are few things more enjoyable to watch than actors just having fun. And lemme tell you, the possibility exists that they COULD be faking it, but in this movie, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie look like they’re having the time of their lives. Leave their subsequent relationship out of the equation, and just watch their performances. Cock your head and squint your eyes a little, and this could be what you would’ve gotten if Nick and Nora Charles had been assassins instead of detectives. The plot is as preposterous as they come, but Pitt and Jolie invest their characters with so much history, I believed it when they banter in the middle of trying to literally kill each other. The script is witty, giving them a LOT of great moments laden with little tics and reactions that speak volumes with an economy of effort. My favorite is when Pitt tells Jolie how many people he’s killed…and then she tells him how many SHE’S killed. His stunned silence is followed by a pained expression as he turns away from her; she asks if he’s okay, and he ruefully shakes his head and waves his hand at her, saying, “I’m…I’m…I’m…” And you can see a husband trying to come to grips with the fact that he’s been outscored by his wife. It’s a hilarious throwaway bit, and it’s PERFECT. The movie isn’t flawless. Among other things, the ending is just a little TOO convenient, even in a movie full of contrivances. But just LOOK at the two of them. They are having a BALL.