“Allied”: A WWII Spy Thriller

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“Allied”, starring Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt, was released on Nov. 23.

Patrick Toulme, Staff Writer

“Allied,” released to theaters on Nov. 23, is a World War II spy thriller starring Brad Pitt as Max Vatan and Marion Cottliard as Marianne Beausejour, the two of whom are spies.

The movie looks and feels like it was made in the 1940s, with costumes and sets designed so realistic to the time period that the viewer almost expects to see Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman seated at a table having a smoke. The coquettish Cottliard is very believable in her role as a French resistance spy. She is engaging, deceptive and beautiful as the cloak and dagger action plays and the plot cleverly twists.

Though the story is gripping and entertaining, there are a few holes in it that viewers have to overlook. Vatan, a Canadian spy, and Beausejour join forces to pose as a married couple to assassinate a German Nazi ambassador. Pitt’s acting is bland and lacking in emotion. His attempt to be a mysterious spy has him, at times, closed off as a character. The couples’ connection and chemistry are obvious from the moment they meet – and it doesn’t take long for the sparks to fly.  However, witty or deep dialogue is not this couple’s forte. Their physical connection is evident and over emphasized throughout the movie, and it isat the better dialogue moments were left on the cutting room floor.

Nevertheless, they appear to be living in domestic bliss, remembering that this is London during the blitz, when the movie takes a serious plot twist – when it gets interesting. “Allied” is an action packed two hours, with wonderful war period flourishes. It is worth seeing, flaws and all.