Allied, 2016 film starring  Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard and Jared Harris.  The view from a different side of world war two.

Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt) is partnered with female French Resistance fighter Marianne Beauséjour (Cotillard) in North Africa during 1942.  Their mission was a success but that’s not all, they actually fell in love.  Max returns to England and applies for Marianne to be his wife and  move to England which was approved.  They begin the perfect life, have a child then a year later Max is summoned in front of a secret division of the military where he is confronted with unbelievable news.  Shocked and upset Max does everything he can to prove the allegations false.

I was actually expecting a Fury type war film from Pitt with this but within ten minutes I realized it was not that type of movie.  Not to say it was bad but here I was expecting planes, crashes, tanks and major killing!  Instead we got a world war two love story.  The time period was duplicated very expertly by the costumes, props and the amazing CGI that was used.  Pitt’s acting was his usual greatness and the other actors did very well.

The story was a good one.  I’m sure this happened many times during the war.  I felt it was a little slow in parts, especially at the beginning when we are being introduced to some of the characters.  The story just concentrated on the progression of love between the two while in a war setting.  One of the party scenes was spectacular… the couple had a party and the German’s began a bombing raid.  All the spotlights, flack, bullets going up… really well done.

If you are looking for a war movie with action then turn somewhere else, this is a romance story within the war.  I enjoyed it, not sure if I will watch it a second time but it was very good.  It’s the kind of movie you can watch with your partner, discuss together what we can foresee happening and be sad when the finale hits.  Great Job!



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