ALLIED Review — A Sleek, Sexy, Stylish, Soon-to-Be-Classic

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ALLIED Review — By Staci Layne Wilson

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Allied reviewBrad Pitt has a lot of cinematic experience fighting in WW2 — following Inglourious Basterds and Fury, he’s back in uniform for more of the blitzkrieg with Marion Cotillard at his side as the spy who loves him.

Pitt plays Max Vatan, a brooding Canadian intelligence officer, and Cotillard is Marianne Beausejour, a fashionable French Resistance fighter. When the two team up in Casablanca (wink!) for a dangerous mission as husband and wife (their codenames are not Mr. and Mrs. Smith, in case you’re wondering), they quickly fall in love. The passionate pair moves hell and earth in order to stay together after their operation is over. Max and Marianne marry, but in their world there is no such thing as happily ever after.

Allied is played seriously, its overall tone earnest but not heavy. There are some charming moments of humor to offset the tension. Going all-out for Old Hollywood glam by effectively evoking classics like Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca and Hitchcock’s Notorious, director Robert Zemeckis nails it in this sweeping saga of love, lies, sex and suspicion. Allied never suffers a dull moment thanks to a brisk plot, clever dialogue, sexy tête-à-tête, and an array of interesting bit players (with bits missing… like an eye, or an arm).

Old Hollywood had matte paintings and fabricated sets to sell its sense of time and place – today’s Tinseltown does the same thing but with CGI. Zemeckis is a master at making the most of it (I mean… did you see The Walk? I got vertigo!) but the things you can touch (or wish you could touch, like the lead actors) are just as effective. The 1940s-era luxe clothing and accessories are every bit as awe-inspiring as the rest of the eye-candy. Even the baby looks like a perfect Dresden doll right out of a Vogue photo shoot.

Like they did in the golden era of cinema; slip into a dark movie theater and lose yourself in this impossible, irresistible world. Time will tell if it’s a classic, but for now it feels like one. A smart and stylish escapist adventure, Allied is the perfect holiday film.

2 Hours 4 Minutes
Rated R

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ALLIED Review — A Sleek, Sexy, Stylish, Soon-to-Be-Classic

 

 

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Staci Layne Wilson

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Staci Layne Wilson is an accomplished writer / director / producer / film critic and the author the bestseller So L.A. - A Hollywood Memoir. Find her on StaciLayneWilson.com

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