Allied: Predictable but Still Touching

Release Date:Nov/23/2016
DirectorRobert Zemeckis
CastBrad Pitt、Marion Cotillard、Lizzy Caplan
Viola's Rating:6.7

Although “Bragelina” has officially ended, aficionados will never ever forget how “Mr. and Mrs.Smith” sparked the fire between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. As Pitt’s 5th WWII themed feature film, “Allied” reminds its audience of not only “Mr. and Mrs.Smith”, but also Jolie’s “Salt” and Pitt’s other WWII films such as “Fury” and “Inglorious Basterds”.
This dramatic action romance talks about a Candaian intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) encounters a female French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines in North Africa in 1942, and how their relationship gets tested by the pressures of war after they reunite in London.

It’s easy for Cotillard to “act” as a French agent while Pitt even had to learn how to speak French with Quebec accent. The flick is very international combining American, British, Canadian, French and German elements, and with the background set in 1942, there’s a classic and nostalgic ambience watching it.
Nominated for Best Costume Design, “Allied” brings moviegoers back to the time when WWII took place by showing people’s appearance at the time, especially the uniforms of allies and Gestapo.
Besides Costume Design, everything in the motion picture was picked over carefully to fit the time frame. Scenes in Casablanca fully present the beauty and exotic atmosphere in Africa, and the important element, desert, plays a critical role in plot building.
What differs “Allied” from “Mr. and Mrs.Smith” the most is that the main characters in “Allied” get married knowing each other’s occupation while in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, this is used as a tool to establish the storyline.
However, the plot is a little bit predictable despite it still makes the audience nervous due to some clever turning points which serve as obstacles for Max, the leading role in the movie, and those tensions are not strong enough for moviegoers to worry about the following events.

Even though most of the plot is predicable, the ending of the picture is still touching, not because of its different result from clichés, but because of the conversation between the characters, their interaction and how they deal with it. There are several bookends in the feature films that seem to be unimportant, but pay back in the end and hit the audience with an emotional wave.
“Allied” is neither an entertaining blockbuster nor a deep film which gives you time to reflect life or ponder things, and it even has a predicable storyline, but it will still touch your heart. Also, with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as leading roles, it’s definitely a worthy flick to watch.


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