Allied Movie Review
From the moment I saw the trailer for Allied, I looked forward to it, anticipating it, getting more and more excited for it. The night finally came. I arrived in the theater, bought my ticket, sat in my chair, and the film started. The prologue was rather interesting and introduced us to operative Max Vatan (played by Brad Pitt), who was meeting his partner Marianne Beausejour (played by Marion Cotillard) in Casablanca. The two were on assignment to assassinate a German ambassador. During the mission, they got close, falling for each other. Once the mission was completed, they married and settled down in England. They seemed to be the perfect couple, even having a daughter and becoming rather sociable with the neighborhood. One day, the fantasy is shattered when a higher-up within the SOE (Special Operations Executive) tells Max that they believe Marianne is a German spy.
The film stays on a straightforward path, is rather predictable, and somewhat disappointing. The director tries to make you feel paranoid, like the spy could be anyone, but he ultimately doesn't deliver on that 100%. Mr. Zemeckis seemed to be more focused on stylish visuals rather than how to tell this story.
The acting was convincing and well-done. It certainly wasn't the fault of any of the actors that the film underperformed; it was just badly planned out. I know that they only had a certain amount of story to work with but still the tension could have been higher and the overall execution of the film could have been better.
In conclusion, the film was decent. It had a good story and was interesting, but there was hardly any emotional connection to the characters. Zemeckis gave you no reason to care about either Max or Marianne or about the turnout of the film. I give it a total of 2.5 out of 4.
© 2016 Alec Zander