Allied - 3.5 Stars
This slow-burn War War II espionage thriller is good, but not great.
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.
Allied has an subtle intimacy that is very reminiscent of films like Casablanca, which really helps in establishing the tone. The script is well written, but there isn’t anything overly original about the plot. The performances were good, Marion Cotillard is excellent in her role and Brad Pitt is consistent, but it does feel like he’s playing himself. Pitt has reached such a level of fame that it is difficult for an audience member to distinguish between Pitt and his characters. Other actors, such as Meryl Streep are so phenomenally talented that they become chameleons, so no matter how famous you never think “oh, I’m watching ____” in a film. Brad Pitt, however doesn’t have that natural ability and while it doesn’t spoil the film, it certainly doesn’t make it stronger.
The sound design and editing were both noticeably great and Robert Zemeckis’ directorial style shone through, but felt appropriate to the film (unlike in some other instances).
Overall this is another depressing movie that audiences will probably avoid come Boxing Day, but it certainly isn’t terrible - it’s a way to pass time.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Paramount Pictures