Reviewed by (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 9/10/10
You may have seen the preview for this movie; I would say that thatdoes not fully prepare you for the actual movie. It is a movie thatwill appeal to adults, both men and women, and it includes romance,sacrifice, and plenty of action and spy hi jinks.
A very good script, with some great plot turns, and superior actingfrom both Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt in complex, challenging roles.My favorite bit: when they make love in a car in the Moroccan desertwith a sandstorm going on all around them. It is a good metaphor fortheir love story in the midst of the great chaos of World War II. Andit has a realistic feel, for the most part--for the sets in Casablanca(some good homage to the Bogart film, I would say also some Brandohomage in parts of Pitt's performance), and the time back in the UK(second favorite bit is during a party in London). One does get thesense of the all-out effort demanded to win the war, something we dowell to commemorate in these days when the last veterans of that mostepic event in history are at death's door.
It is a Zemeckis film, from the school of film-making of StevenSpielberg, and that means your emotions are subject to the whim andwhimsy of the director's manipulation. Sometimes you are aware of that,but oftentimes you are not, and that makes it better (than, say,Forrest Gump).
I will take the movie as a whole and suggest Oscar nominations fororiginal screenplay and both leading roles.
Reviewed bysubxerogravityVote: 7/10/10
Overall,it's a pretty good movie.
I just love the style of the picture. Generally that World War 2 erahas that glamorous style to it, and leave it to Robert Zemeckis to addthat extra kick.
Although I've Seen better costumes but this maybe because Canada didnot have the best uniforms out of the WWII crowd.
And that made this movie strangely interesting. The 1st movie I everseen about Canada's involvement in the War. Maybe I have seen othersbut it's so rare that it makes this movie seem unique that the story isabout a Canadian wing commander who falls in love and builds a lifewith a woman who may not be all that she claims.
Speaking of which, The best part of the movie is that drama. Though Ilove the art direction as it puts me in That WWII setting, the visualeffects do a good job of placing you right there, but the drama comingfrom Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard's connection on camera. It's thisconnection that's the most important and makes the movie what it is,and the emotion baggage is well worth it.
So not much of a war epic or an espionage movie as I went to see if forbut it's a great love story set perfectly and beautifully in adifferent time and place worthy of checking out.
Reviewed byTheLittleSongbirdVote: 6/10/10
'Allied' has garnered a mixed reaction, on IMDb and with critics ingeneral. This is completely understandable, and the mixed reaction andthe reasoning for it mirrors my own feelings for the film. 'Allied' isnot a bad film, but from seeing the trailers (which strongly suggesteda film that would be more epic, more moving and more thrilling) to behonest was expecting a lot more.
There is a lot to like about 'Allied'. Visually, it is a gorgeous film.The cinematography is rich in atmosphere and colour and is quite poetictoo, while the sets, scenery and costumes are evocative andeye-catching. The music by Alan Silvestri is neither too intrusive ortoo low-key, instead stirring when it needs to be and understated againwhen needed. There are some thrilling and harrowing moments as well assome poignant ones in the more intimate scenes, personally thought thecontroversial ending was quite emotional but can definitely see why itwon't work for some.
Marion Cotillard gives a nuanced and deeply felt turn, nothing short ofsensational. Brad Pitt's performance has been criticised (as well asdefended), to me it was appropriately stoic, despite his characterbeing nowhere near as meaty as Cotillard's, and he was a worthy partnerfor Cotillard, a little cold in places but mostly fiery. The supportingcast are fine.
On the other hand, the script and pacing are uneven. The script is'Allied's' biggest flaw, lacking plausibility in places, especially inthe mission scenes, having too much padding that's overlong and addslittle to nothing and some of the parts intended to be emotional laidit on too thick with the treacle and sentimentality. Much more couldhave been done with the psychological subtext, which would have madePitt's character more interesting and given the story more consistentsuspense and thrills.
Pacing does drag badly frequently, primarily due to having superfluousscenes that lacked momentum and went on too long and also due to RobertZemeckis' quite disappointing direction. There are moments, but it is acase of getting the job done but in a workmanlike and tame fashion, notthe thrills and cleverness one expects from Zemeckis that is present inthe best of his work.
In summary, had potential to be epic as a wartime romance, but doesn'tquite make it. Many great things, but a few big things that got in theway of fulfilling full potential. 6/10 Bethany Cox
In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a car and heads to the town with orders to meet Parisian Marianne Beauséjour, a skillful member of the French Resistance. On a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca, the two operatives must convince every one of their true feelings as a married couple, while in the background, they need to make the necessary preparations for the critical soirée. Without delay, after the success of this suicide mission, Max and Marianne flee together to England with plans on marrying and making a family, regardless of the war. Instead, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion threaten their relationship, when Max receives a call from the Secret Service Division to inform him that his ...