The chemistry between Donald Glover and Maya Erskine, also known as Mr. and Mrs. Smith, is so incredible that it can be difficult to focus.
I recently viewed the movie La La Land, which was released in 2016. It was a good film. I have two thoughts about it: first, I believe the best way to watch movies that receive a lot of attention is to do so eight years after their release. This means I will likely watch Barbie around 2031.
Furthermore, the chemistry between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in the movie is truly remarkable. Their exceptional acting skills definitely contribute to their on-screen dynamic – Gosling’s delivery of lines is unparalleled and Stone has yet to disappoint in any project (unless Poor Things turns out to be a flop, which I won’t know until 2032 unfortunately). But what sets them apart is the way they bounce off each other with such energy and spark, first in Crazy, Stupid, Love and now in this movie. It’s not just their magnetic appeal, but also their playful banter and effortless charm that makes their partnership stand out among recent on-screen couples. You can easily envision them having explosive arguments as much as they could live happily ever after (just like the Nick-Jess dynamic that carried seven seasons of New Girl).
Chemistry is a valuable commodity, and we need to acquire more of it. I believe that in order to do so, Hollywood should dedicate a month of inactivity in January to test all their available actors by having them flirt with each other. Any on-screen pairing that shows strong chemistry should be given the green light. Despite my numerous emails, Netflix and other major studios have not responded to this idea.
The Prime Video miniseries reboot of the 2005 movie Mr & Mrs Smith, starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, premieres on 2 February. Despite initial doubts about the need for this series, co-creator and showrunner Francesca Sloane addressed criticisms in an open letter, acknowledging the oversaturation of remakes in today’s culture. However, with Donald Glover as a co-creator and lead actor, Hiro Murai as producer and director, and the undeniable chemistry between the lead pair, the series adds depth and cleverness to the familiar “spy couple” concept.
The pairing features Glover, known for his work in “everything,” and Maya Erskine from PEN15. Originally, the role of Jolie was intended for Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who, like Glover, has created some of the best TV in recent years and signed a lucrative contract with Prime Video. It would have been exciting to see them go head-to-head, but due to TV production complications, Erskine ultimately landed the role. Together, they deliver an excellent performance. In the first episode, the two spies are assigned to a New York brownstone and must complete a simple follow-and-intercept mission while also getting to know each other’s styles as they chase an assailant through busy city locations.
The film is entertaining without being overly simplistic, the dialogue is engaging without being cheesy, and there are exciting spy elements. The camera angles add to the enjoyment, and Glover’s facial expressions are reminiscent of his past great performances. Additionally, cameo appearances from John Turturro, Sharon Horgan, and Paul Dano add to the glamour and intrigue as the main plot slowly unravels. There is definitely some sort of deception or betrayal at play, but I am too engrossed in the charming setting of the brownstone to remember it.
It can be tiring to constantly engage in spy activities – imagine talking into your wrist while running through a busy station, I may have exposed your true identity there. The constant success in all actions, from shooting to escaping, can be overwhelming. However, the Smiths bring a refreshing change by making mistakes, making the show more enjoyable. The show features unique action scenes and car chases that feel realistic and unpredictable. The interactions between the two main characters are given enough time to develop their banter and flirtation. It’s a classic concept – “what if two actors had great chemistry on screen?” Yet, it’s rarely used. Hopefully, the studios that are ignoring my emails will take notice by watching this show.