Charles O'keefe
AUTHOR OF THE NEWFOUNDLAND VAMPIRE SERIES

Details from IMDB:

Allied (2016)

7.2/10

4,947

In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Writer:

Steven Knight

Initial Thoughts:
This movie had 2 things going for it, it’s a WWII film (which I love) and it stars Brad Pitt (he’s one of those actors for me that I’ll often see a movie just because he’s in it), add those two things together (and still waiting for the new Star Wars) and we went a few weeks ago.
Main Points:
This movie doesn’t take place on the front lines, it starts off as a spy/thriller where Pitt and Cotillard play undercover agents in Nazi-controlled Casablanca.The spy/undercover scenes are excellent and when they finally get to attack at a Nazi party, I quite enjoyed it. As per usual I’m not going through the whole plot. I’ll just say the movie switches gears and for a time slows down.
Pitt is excellent as always and Cotillard is very good as well. There are some other well-known British actors present (my wife knew them from Downton Abbey) and Zemeckis does a good job directing. There are some cool scenes which show what life was like in London during the war (and in France) and some of the difficult decisions (I imagine) real life spies would have made. Pitt and Cotillard have obvious chemistry (making it easy to wonder if this is what happened to Pitt’s marriage) but the movie ultimately just doesn’t do anything really extraordinary to make it a memorable one.
Final Thoughts:
I enjoyed this movie, it just isn’t a movie that will win any awards. It pales to other WWII films this year like Hacksaw Ridge and while it has a couple of twists, it just not as good as I thought it would be. I think the issues is that Pitt’s and Cotillard’s characters are just not well developed, we know almost nothing of their lives before the war, their family, friends and as the movie is built around them it makes it lacking. Overall I do give is a 7.5 out of 10, and would recommend it to anyone who is WWII buff (though this is certainly not a true story) or a Brad Pitt fan. Due to violence, language and sexual situations I would say ages 17+. Until next time (some more movie reviews to catch up on).