Allied had a lot of pre-release rumours about an affair between Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, which was thought to be a possible reason for the breakup of Brangelina, but the film itself cannot suggest such a thing.
Set in the Second World War, Pitt’s Max Vatan falls in love with Cotillard’s French Resistance fighter Marianne Beauséjour during a dangerous mission to kill a Nazi official, but there is no chemistry between the two, although Cotillard plays the role with genuine passion. Pitt, however, looks positively bored.
The first half of the movie feels slightly sluggish. Most of the action scenes are without suspense and feel dull, and it appears more of a romantic film than a war drama. However, after a turning point, the film becomes a more exciting thriller as Max is briefed that there is evidence for his now-wife Marianne being a German spy. As the audience follows Max as he tries to gain evidence against this, the film picks up speed and suspense. Pitt also appears to finally give his character the depth that was missing in the first half. Sadly enough, there is still the undertone of it being more of a romantic drama, even though the romance feels forced and the two never actually appear to fall head over heels for each other.
The film’s technical elements on the other hand are top notch throughout the film, and it contains some very lovely imagery and great costumes. Plus, the soundtrack is a nice mix of Alan Silvestri’s chilling orchestral tunes and wonderful ‘40s swing classics.
Considering that Allied was advertised as the new big spy thriller, it is disappointing that the film feels more like a failed romantic drama that misses its on-screen chemistry, but it is still an entertaining watch due to its better second half and the beautiful imagery, costumes and score.
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