No one, myself included, can get over the fact that Hollywood's only promising couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, are getting a divorce. It's been over a decade since the rise of Brangelina, and it all started with a little film called Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005. Call me a hopeless romantic, or a creepy cynic, but something tells me that right now — despite the revelation that Jolie has filed for divorce — is an opportune time to revisit the movie where it began. After all, there's no better way to mourn a loss than to go down a glistening memory lane of what once was... with shot guns, obviously.
The shock of Brangelina's divorce had Twitter in flames, and whoever isn't inexplicably crowing #TeamJen is sulking at the hard proof that love, in fact, does not exist. But it did exist, guys, so let's hold on to the good times, shall we? Those good times started with this film, which is about a seemingly bored married couple, both assassins, unknowingly working for competing agencies. It has violence, sex, mystery, thrills, and the hottest co-leads of all-time, therefore lending itself to off-the-chart sexiness.
Even though many like to remember the Mr. & Mrs. Smith set as the place where Jolie "stole" Jennifer Aniston's man, I dismiss this concept as both sexist — a man is not an object to be stolen — and unfair since both have long since displayed regret for the timing of their attraction. That controversy over their beginning continues even after both Jolie and Aniston have long since moved on, but I prefer to see Mr. & Mrs. Smith as the place where two people unpredictably fell in love. This is how the couple chooses to remember it, too. Back in 2006, Jolie told Vogue she and Pitt had "respect" for Aniston, and their forbidden romance wasn't anything they were seeking. "We were both living very full lives... We were the last two people who were looking for a relationship. I certainly wasn't. I was quite content to be a single mom," she said.
She described their budding, unforeseeable love as something that happened all of a sudden. "Anything we had to do with each other, we just found a lot of joy in it together and a lot of real teamwork. We just became kind of a pair," she said. Regardless of their circumstances, no one can deny that initial thrill of falling in love is unlike any other. Re-watching the movie and knowing they were actually falling for each other in real life at the time will make you giddy.
Once Jolie started developing feelings for her co-star, she recalled thinking, "'God, I can't wait to get to work.'" And it shows.
I don't think a machete would even do its job on the sexual tension between those two. Granted, their sexy dynamic was a given because of their roles, but knowing what was going on behind-the-scenes brings their chemistry, filled with cutting dialogue, suave dance moves, and deep, knowing stares, up about 200 notches. When these badass characters, intense fight scenes, and adrenaline are mixed, it only leads us to one obvious thing: life-changing fight/make-up sex. But crazy fight sex aside, it's clear the couple made a solid team on and off screen, which is why it's so difficult for fans to watch them part.
While revisiting the time during which their eventual partnership started could be a fun, nostalgic activity for any twisted person such as myself, it's not just about pouring salt on a wound. It's about reminding people why they were such a good pair to begin with. It's about reminding people that love can be found even in the most unexpected of places, and that, even if this relationship didn't work out, it has been immortalized on the screen in this movie for all the fans who are currently devastated. Above all, it's about reminding ourselves about what a great team Jolie and Pitt made — and fanning the flames of the hope that they will continue to be a good team for the sake of their six children, even if they're no longer a couple.
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