Updated: Jul 5, 2018
"I'm very good at pretending, Max." - Marianne Beausejour, Allied
And, I'm not good at pretending this a good movie. During World War II, Canadian intelligence officer, Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) was ordered to assassinate the German Ambassador with the help of a female French Resistance spy, Marianne Beauséjour(Marion Cotillard) in Casablanca. They must convince everyone they have true feelings for each other over a period of time, and soon enough real feelings develop. After the assassination is done, they go to London, settle down, get married and have children. Yet, when life is going well, Max receives a call from the Secret Service to inform him that his wife is actually a spy impostor. He is torn between trusting the woman he loves and trusting the British government. Who does he has more loyalty towards?
Sounds good, doesn't it? The description had me shook. Yet, I came out of the movie theater more sad and disappointed than anything else.
The best part of the movie was the first thirty minutes. When it was like the double agent spy-movie, you thought you were going to see before it delves into some convoluted melodrama. The first couple minutes were intense, exciting, and captivating. It was laying a foundation to become some sort of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. But, it didn’t.
Brad Pitt was useless, and Marion Cotillard did well with what she was given(as usual), but not even she could salvage this movie. In fact, she seemed kind of stale and stiff when it came to her acting. It went from James Bond to August: Osage County really quickly. It’s jarring. It’s annoying.
Allied just wasn’t the best it could’ve been. It seems like many movies nowadays have all the makings of good movies, but someone during the making of them messes them up, and they fall short. Allied is no exception. Which is disappointing, because it’s a movie that you want to like. The plot sounds excellent. The stars are there. But delivers nothing.
FLOOR OR DOOR?
Should it have been left on the cutting room floor or should you be running out the door to see it?
If they could keep the first thirty minutes and leave the rest on the cutting room floor, and make a whole different movie-- it'd be much better.