Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Donald Glover and Maya Erskine reinvent the spy romance into something startlingly intimate

The Very Best

8.0

TV Show

United Kingdom, United States of America
English
Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama
2024
Donald Glover, Maya Erskine

TLDR

Brangelina who?

What it's about

With not much tying them down, two strangers land jobs in a mysterious spy agency, though part of the job description involves new identities as a married couple.

The take

If you’re expecting the sleek, playful, and totally over-the-top spy shenanigans of 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, you’re not going to find it in this 2024 version, not that it’s a bad thing. In fact, this show stands on its own, reinventing the spy couple into a professional partnership rather than an immediate spark that leads to marriage. This decision makes the show feel like the film’s opposite– as the longer runtime and naturalistic aura enables more focus on the incomparable Donald Glover and Maya Erskine rather than the explosions– but it makes the danger feel more unpredictable and not just action set pieces. Mr. & Mrs. Smith may not be the star-powered, guns-blazing action comedy we’re familiar with, but it’s certainly a more thoughtful, fresh take that improves on the concept.

What stands out

The tone. The original Mr. & Mrs. Smith is lighthearted, sexy, but ultimately shallow, but this version is so much more serious with its moody, electronically-scored, naturalistic approach, and it allows the show to be more reflective of today’s relationships.

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