Thumbs up or thumbs down? Simple, spoiler free reviews.
Max Vatan and Marianne Beauséjour are World War II operatives who, after falling in love during a risky mission, hope to leave all behind them and start new lives. Instead, suspicion and danger envelop their marriage when it revealed that Marianne might be a German double agent after all.
Allied is an enjoyable and intriguing World War 2 film, that features a tremendous cast. I think it did a great job of capturing the life style of the war with drugs, sex and parties to let off steam from the highly stressful realities before being snapped back in as another bombing raid takes place.
I really enjoyed and appreciated the fact that the movie takes it’s time during the opening sequences in Casablanca. Taking the time to show these two people meeting allows you to see their connection and gives you reasons to care. Had they rushed it, I wouldn’t have given a monkies and wouldn’t have enjoyed the film as much.
I also think that the story is told well. It’s tense, you can see that the trust is no longer there and it’s a struggle for Brad Pitt’s character to remain calm. There’s enough doubt throughout that you aren’t sure if she is a spy or is it all a test? The problem I have with Allied is that while the story told is an interesting one and done well. I also think it’s a little bizarre and perhaps a very unrealistic one.
Without getting into spoilers, I have several problems. Firstly, would the army just announce to the husband that they think his wife is a spy? Especially when he was a spy himself, surely he’d have some suspicions on him too? Why do they just pass on any chance of him being the double agent?
Secondly, the plot features him passing on false information to see if it is picked up on the channels. Wouldn’t it have been more sensible to feed him false information without him knowing? Thus skipping the whole “oh yeah, act normally. Don’t give the game away” bit because obviously he wouldn’t be able to. It’s the only way to get a true test result. Stupid, dumb, idiot general types.
Also was it really protocol for the husband to have to execute the wife in scenarios like this? Seems a wee bit totally mental.
However, that rather major plot debate aside. If you can put the questionable series of events that kick-start this films plot that out of your mind and just enjoy it for what it is. Then you will enjoy this film. It’s not the best war film ever. It’s not the best drama or thriller either, but it has enough about it to keep you interested throughout. Oh, but I’m totally calling the entire evening excursion to France as totally unrealistic as well. Can’t let that nonsense stand.
Verdict: Thumbs Up