Weekly Review: Allied (2016)

Two WWII operatives fall in love while on a risky mission in Casablanca. They hope to leave their old lives behind and start anew, but suspicion invades their marriage, pitting them against each other with potentially lethal consequences.

Allied is a WWII film, but don’t expect to see much combat within it. This film leans more into the realm of espionage, ultimately being a romantic thriller. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, and starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, Allied is set in the early 1940s, beginning in Casablanca and heading toward London.

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In addition to Pitt and Cotillard, Allied features the talents of Jared Harris, Matthew Goode, Lizzy Caplan, and August Diehl. The costuming and set design is absolutely beautiful, and the cinematography is pretty great too. It is a very beautiful film, bringing back nostalgic feelings for classic films while still feeling modern.

With that being said, don’t go into this film looking for a romantic wartime epic. Despite the talent on screen and off, Allied doesn’t really leave a mark, and I’m a bit disappointed that I can’t say why. If I were to go through a check list of items, each element of the film is a success.

The performances are fantastic. Pitt and Cotillard both plays their roles exceedingly well. The story is tried-and-true. The lack of trust within the story is made even better by Cotillard’s performance. She really keeps you guessing throughout the entire film. The costumes and sets feel authentic while being sweepingly romantic at the same time.

Why is it that Allied doesn’t automatically jump into the list of great WWII films then?

The only thing I can think of for why this film doesn’t stay with you is the fact that the story is familiar, maybe too familiar. This isn’t to say that it’s so similar to other films that it’s bad. Allied definitely has its moments. I did enjoy it. It’s just that the film is only slightly above average, not enough to really be remembered.

I was initially interested in seeing Allied based off of its trailers. I’m a fan of Marion Cotillard, and the story looked decently compelling. I wasn’t fully expecting it to be a great film though. In the end, it was better than I was expecting, but, as I’ve mentioned above, just not good enough to be widely remembered.

I probably wouldn’t recommend that viewers seek out Allied, but if you do happen to stumble upon it, I would recommend giving it a shot. It’s not a bad film, and it’s quite enjoyable while watching it. If you’re a fan of films set during this particular time period or a fan of classic films of the Ingrid Bergman variety, then this may be right up your alley.

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