Review: Allied



Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Duration: 124 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 06-JAN-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5 ()

In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

Overall Review:
Allied is directed by Robert Zemeckis & stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. Love and betrayal are the themes of this sweeping love story in which star power and intrigue keep us on tenterhooks throughout. To begin the first half of the movie is not too bad. It shows how the main characters meet and react to each other with the difficult task ahead of them. There was some interesting tension and cinematic moments that can be appreciated. For some reason the second half of the movie did not follow suit. It felt little slow and unexciting. Technically the film is well made. It’s lit fabulously, and the film itself is a huge throwback to 40’s cinema. Cinematographer Don Burgess captures the feel of the era. The set design is immersive and it showcases some delicate costumes for both leads. Robert Zemeckis’ talent for visual storytelling is clearly visible in this period film. The weakness in the ability to successfully leave a lasting emotional impact on the audience is in the writing (Script & Pacing are uneven). Allied isn’t a great film but it’s made with sufficient care and skills that it deserves to be seen.

Performance & Technical Review:
Marion Cotillard is stellar in her role. She flashes a warm and beautiful smile that expertly masks her true persona. Mr. Pitt does a nice job as the desperate husband hiding his desperation. The supporting cast are fine. Visually, it is a gorgeous film. The cinematography is rich in atmosphere and colour and is quite poetic too, while the sets, scenery and costumes are evocative and eye-catching. Robert Zemeckis is directing and the setting of the overall film is perfect. The actors did their best with the given script. But it wasn’t enough to save a film which promised so much.

PDF Verdict:
Allied had potential to be epic as a wartime romance, but fails to be both classic and modern. It is a missed opportunity; could have easily been much better.

Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5 (A missed opportunity but still deserves to be seen)
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
CGI: 3.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5

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