Mr. & Mrs. Smith Season Review

Disclaimer: The following review of Mr. & Mrs. Smith is spoiler-free. We will keep all the show’s surprises as we want you to experience them firsthand. Spoiler-filled reviews are set to go live tomorrow but we will not post one. Enjoy the show!

Growing up in the 80’s the main characters from all of the action movies I saw almost looked the same. They were all big bulky men you did not want to mess with but that changed with Bruce Willis in Die Hard. After that movie, we started seeing more of the everyday man being the hero or the action star. The John Wick movies, Nobody with Bob Odenkirk, and the Indiana Jones series made you feel that anyone can be an action star.

This leads us to the new Prime show, Mr. & Mrs. Smith. At first glance of the trailer, Donald Glover and Maya Erskine are not the names you would think of for a show based on the 2005 movie of the same name. In this age of the everyday person being an action hero, let me tell you that this dynamic duo works. They both seamlessly blend into their surroundings that you would not guess they were secret agents working for a spy agency. Not only is the show filled with a good amount of action scenes but the show is also a great metaphor for relationships and marriage.

Maya Erskine, Donald Glover Credit: David Lee/Prime Video

Each of the show’s eight episodes has relationship-type titles like “First Date”, “Double Date”, “Do You Want Kids?” and “Infidelity”. As stated before, the show is a great metaphor for marriage as John and Jane discuss these topics while on their missions. The duo spend a lot of time together and they want to get to know each other but also want to keep their distance since they are only working together. This closeness leads to feelings being felt between the two that can expose their cover.

Not to give too much away from the show, the action is intense when it is present and the dialog also helps propel each episode. There are moments when John and Jane are just having a conversation about marriage and one-liners are dropped that make you laugh but you also question if you should be laughing at that moment. In episode 5, the two must take care of a man who is being hunted due to his past criminal activity. While being chased through glamorous Lake Como, the two discuss having kids and John’s buying something without consulting with Jane first. Although they are not a married couple, they sure act like it.

I will admit that the first episode does slow down after the first 10 minutes. This slowdown is great because it gives the audience a chance to get to know the two characters. These slow moments give us more insights into their motives and are something that we would not get if this was a two-hour movie. By breaking the story down into 8 episodes we get more rounded characters and feel for them as the series comes to its final episodes.

Donald Glover, Maya Erskine Credit: David Lee/Prime Video

Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a great show that shows us the complications that occur when two people work too close to each other. While one might want to keep things all business, being shot at and coming close to death quickly changes the dynamics of the relationship. Erskine and Glover are fantastic as Jane and John Smith and bring a freshness to the spy genre that we have not seen before. This show is a must-see and will hopefully give us more adventures with other Mr. and Mrs. Smiths in the world.

Final Thoughts: Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a fantastic story set in the world of secret agents. While this should not be confused as a retelling of the 2005 movie, it is set within that world and stands on its own. The chemistry between Donald Glover and Maya Erskine is fantastic and that action is on par too. The show is action-packed, hilarious, sexy, and an interesting look at marriage.

Kid-Friendly: The show might not be appropriate for younger kids due to the amount of violence, profanity, and sexual situations.

Violence: Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a show about two secret agents and there is a lot of violence throughout the show. There are stabbings, shootings, explosions, and more.

Two lonely strangers land jobs working for a mysterious spy agency that offers them a glorious life of espionage, wealth, world travel, and a dream brownstone in Manhattan. The catch? New identities in an arranged marriage as Mr. and Mrs. John and Jane Smith. Now hitched, John and Jane navigate a high-risk mission every week while also facing a new relationship milestone. Their complex cover story becomes even more complicated when they catch real feelings for each other. What’s riskier: espionage or marriage?

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