Monday, August 08, 2011

Flick Attack: The Thin Man and Mr and Mrs Smith

I'm ramping up my participation in the Flick Attack blog lately and my most recent reviews were for The Thin Man and Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. and Mrs. Smith. I'm working my way through the Thin Man series, so there will be more of those later.

In the comments for Mr. and Mrs. Smith, someone joked about my leaving out mention of the "assassins-for-hire" subplot. I smiled when I read that, but it reminds me that I wanted to bring up the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie movie in my review and didn't have room to. Before watching Hitchcock's version, I always assumed that there was some kind of espionage angle to it a la Foreign Correspondent or The Man Who Knew Too Much. There's not though and the 2005 movie's only debt to Hitchcock's film is the bickering couple. It may have gotten its spy angle from the short-lived 1996 TV series starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello, in which the couple were a spy-team, but not married to each other.

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