20 years after Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Donald Glover and Maya Erskine reprise the roles of this couple of spies charged with mysterious missions. An action series which explores the intimacy of a couple with humor.
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We remember the glamorous thriller Mr. & Mrs. Smith, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, before their real-life romance. The film followed a couple of spies, working for opposing organizations who were paid to eliminate the other. Almost 20 years later, it was quite daring to adapt this story into a series. And the author’s way of doing thingsAtlanta is bold, and works perfectly.
The new couple is less glamorous: here is Donald Glover, all strength and sensitivity, while his partner is much more efficient than him. The starting point also changes. This time, the couple is artificially created by an unknown organization, which recruits these two agents through a robot that studies their compatibility, their nails, and asks them how many people they have already killed in their lives.
Then, they move into a splendid typical New York apartment. And in each episode, it is through a “chat” on the Internet with a human or an artificial intelligence that they discover their new mission.
Each episode therefore, a mission for which they do not know the reasons: follow the owner of a package, get an art collector to talk. Chases and lots of gunshots, without Mr. and Mrs. Smith knowing who they work for. But these missions, sometimes treated on screen in a parodic way, are above all a way, as in the film with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, of talking about something else: the couple.
Moreover, the episodes are titled respectively First meeting, First vacation. And they even end up in the office of a psychotherapist specializing in couples. John Smith, Donald Glover, is clumsier than his partner Maya Erskine, discovered in the series Pen15 around high school girls who were discovering sexuality. Each episode of Mr. & Mrs. Smith is independent, with a guest star like John Turturo in episode 2.
A funny action series that doesn’t take itself seriously, except when talking about couples. 8 episodes to discover on Prime Video.