Love can be a source of great joy and great pain in a person’s life. These feelings sometimes mix into a cocktail of confusion leaving a person with a life-changing decision to make in a short about of time.
Those feelings are what director Robert Zemeckis conveyed to his audience in his new film “Allied.” Allied is an emotional roller coaster ride, which features highs, lows and some twists.
Set during World War II, audiences meet up with Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) as he walks through the desert on his way to Morocco. Vatan is an intelligence officer with the Royal Air Force and he is set to meet a member of the French resistance, Marianne Beauséjour (Marion Cotillard). Their mission is to assassinate the German ambassador at a party he is hosting. However, while preparing for the mission the two get to know each other and fall in love.
After successfully completing the mission, Vatan and Beauséjour go to London and are married. Vatan's superiors tell him a year later that evidence they have collected indicates that Beauséjour is a German spy but in a few days they will know for sure. If the evidence proves true, Vatan must kill her or be shot as a traitor.
At the heart of “Allied” is the relationship between Vatan and Beauséjour. It shows how the relationship grows over time during the year they are married. One scene that demonstrates this is when Vatan leaves his bedroom during a sleepless night. He walks into his daughter's room, picks her up out of the crib and holds her while looking out the window.
As he holds his daughter, Vatan thinks about the future and what it might hold. Pitt shows the fear that Vatan has through the tense posture he takes while holding his child in his arms. This deep personal moment connects the audience with Vatan and the uncertainty he faces in his life.
Allied mirrors some of the themes from the 1942 film “Casablanca.” It presents the characters with an impossible choice of deciding whether the needs of the one out weight the needs of the many. Its story also contains characteristics of the "film noir" style of movies. Film noir typical features a doomed hero placed in a desperate situation that might encounter a mysterious woman. Some classic film noirs are movies such as like “Citizen Kane” or “Stranger on the Third Floor.”
Allied has a good balance of love and romance, which helps to keep the story moving along at a steady pace. If you're looking for a movie that tugs at the heartstrings and you on the edge of your seat “Allied” will meet that requirement and then some.
I give “Allied” three and a half-mustaches out of five.
This film is rated R for violence, some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use and runs 124 minutes.
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