“Allied” is a movie that does not reach the desired stature. A wartime version of Mr and Mrs Smith, which is somewhat typical of Casablanca or Lives of the Others, but lacks the complexity and depth required. In return, the performances of Britt Pitt and Marion Cotillard are worth watching. The same is the story of veteran director Robert Zemerkis.
In 1942, Officer Max Vatan (Brat Pitt) parachuted into the city of Casablanca, Morroco, France. His task is to coordinate with a spy on the territory to assassinate the German ambassador. Vaxtan meets and masks Marianne Beauséjour’s fiancé (Marion Cotillard). They seek to blend into the elite, join in the reception of the ambassador, and be ready to sacrifice to complete the task.
As always, every spy story pretending to be a spouse will start a love story. There is a pleasant smoothness in the process of Max and Marianne emotionally arising, but must trade by losing the heavy atmosphere of the war. It is not easy to paint a romance in the war, and it usually takes one of two elements. With “Allied,” the script was inclined towards romance. And every lovely love detail was followed by a clumsy arrangement for the assassination. As after the sweet conversation on the roof – “where the Casablanca husband still up after having sex with his wife”, is the scene of Max upset and old.
The balance was reestablished thanks to the acting of the duo starring lead singer Marion Cotillard. From the very first second, Marianne was extremely absorbed on the screen. The agent is always a difficult role, because it is the type of character “acting in the act”, forcing actors to show at least two psychologically. This is a role that shows why Cotillard is always the muse of the hard director. She does not separate between women and a spy, which makes them always hidden in Marianne. We do not know when you are. The appeal of the film depends entirely on that.
Brother Pitt is not young, but still fit for the cool guy, little talk. In fact, he showed less spies than Cotillard, and did not do much psychologically. There are some places that show limited acting, but are immediately covered by Cortillar and Zemeckis. The script has provided support for Pitt on this side, giving him more exposure in terms of action. Zemeckis storytelling and storytelling are on display. Although nothing new, the film has never passed boring minutes.
Dialogue is another commendable point, doing a good job characterizing role, and in some scenes, quite memorable. At the beginning of the film, deliberately provocative or teasing, Marianne to open his chest for Max. “All the spies were sleeping with each other, then dying,” he said. “The problem was not that they slept together, Max,” Marianne said as she put the button down. Last but not least, they sleep with each other, in a sand storm that is more desirable than sand. They can easily answer questions about Marianne’s status in the second half of the film, from a previous dialogue. On the roof, they talk about what they want to do after the end of the war. With Max being a farm in a steppe. And Mariane: “When the war is over, I do not matter anywhere.” The difference is that Max still has hope, Mariane is not: She devotes herself to the war. Real spies are not personal, only tasks.
“Allied” featured several supporting actors. Like the SS officer, played by August Diehl, is very charismatic. If anyone finds him familiar, Diehl has had an equally impressive role in Quentin Tarantino’s 2008 Inglourious Basterds. The role of Simon McBurney’s V Head Intelligence Force V, the legitimate antithesis in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, is the same. I quite like his voice, right from the Rogue Nation, into the sharp lines of the movie is extremely suitable. “Your wife is a double agent,” he said. There is something called soul, I saw her soul, “Max replied. “Not. He just looked at her eyes only. ”
Good dialogue, but the details of “Allied” is not excellent. Therefore, by the third day, everything becomes predictable and normal. “Allied” is not a spy film, not even a true war movie, though Zemeckis tries to convince us. The film lacks the psychological complexity of the spy game theme, lacking a cruel war realism to get the weight needed. This is just a regular romance movie. And although it’s still great to enjoy Cotillard’s performance, “Allied” is hard to satisfy hardcore people. Especially with a work intended to participate in the Oscars.