Here is the next review for our Alfred Hitchcock blogathon. (our 25th) Yes, it’s another review by me (not too many more from me after this tho, so you can all be relieved) 🙂
Here’s what I thought of Mr. and Mrs. Smith (not the Branjolina one)
When one thinks of Alfred Hitchcock movies, numerous genre’s come to mind; thrillers, horror, suspense movies and even some straightforward dramas, but the one genre that most people would be shocked to know that he dabble in would be the screwball comedy (or as we now know it, the rom-com).
This movie was the one and only time that he ventured into this territory and although the movie and plot fit into the genre perfectly, I can’t really say that I personally was able to notice much (if any) of his handiwork.
Like all Rom-Coms (and screwball comedies before hand), the plot is just there to get us thinking about love and relationship and to be pleased when the right people get together in the end or when they don’t.
This movie has a very interesting premise: a couple married for 3 years find out that due to a small clerical error, they are no longer legally married and in order to fix the problem all they need to do is get remarried legally.
Again like in most movies of this genre, the couple get into a fight and we get to see what happens to them over the next few days and weeks.
It is rumored that the only reason that Hitchcock agreed to make this movie was because star Carole Lombard asked him to do so. This was her final movie released before she tragically died a year later. (She did have one more movie released after her death..To Be or Not To Be (1942) (yes, the one that Mel Brooks copied and even made better, but I digress…..)
Back to our AH rom-com review…
I liked this movie because it was fun to watch, but it wasn’t anything spectacular and like I stated earlier, I don’t think that Hitchcock himself made this better or worse, the script is good enough to hold it’s own because the dialogue is so snappy, but it does have a few boring scenes.
It seems to fit with the Screwball comedy playbook of the time, but doesn’t seem to be Hitchcock’s cup o’tea.
Rating – Globe Worthy