Allied: Film Review

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I was keen to see Allied because I love Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt so a film with them both seemed like a dream. Allied not only had their star power but director Robert Zemeckis behind the camera and Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises) as a writer, so you would think it would be awesome, but it was simply average.

Brad Pitt plays Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan, who is on a mission to kill a Nazi official in Morocco in 1942. As a cover he acts as the husband of French Resistance fighter Marianne (Cotillard) and they eventually fall in love. Once the mission is over, they move to London and begin a family and get married for real. Their union is soon tested when Marianne is accused of being a German spy.

For some reason, I had it in my head that Allied had an action element to it, envisioned it as a European-set Mr and Mrs Smith, and I was expecting this fight/gun/explosion heavy third act so when it ended, I was a bit disappointed. There are fleeting moments of action throughout the movie but it’s just not what I thought it would be. It is a romantic drama about a couple being made to doubt who their partner really is – no more, no less. I don’t like to write spoilers so all I’ll say is – it’s refreshing the ending wasn’t stereotypical, and it was certainly a shocker, but when you get into your head how things will go down and you’re wrong, you are left a bit let down.

I loved Cotillard. She was captivating, full of life and looked gorgeous at every turn (her outfits were fantastic) but I wasn’t so convinced about Pitt. I struggle to believe anybody French would buy his French accent and he never convinced me in the role. I didn’t really buy their chemistry a ton which means when shit does hit the fan you probably don’t care quite as much as you would.

There are many moments I enjoyed in Allied – especially the Casablanca portion – and I also liked the premise and the stunning visuals but there was a certain something missing and don’t get me started on the anti-climactic ending! I just wanted it to connect with it more and I didn’t.

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