<Review by: Sailesh Ghelani>
Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode
Running Time: 2 hours 4 minutes
Brad Pitt’s face looked like that horrible CGI from Rogue One (a wonderful film though). Has he had work done or is it simply postproduction work to make him look better?
If I’m thinking about this through a quarter of the film then how good could it be? Not very since I found myself waiting for someone to die, preferably one of the leads. Set during World War II, Pitt’s Max Vatan and Cotillard’s Mariann Beausejour are allied spies in Casablanca where they execute a mission perfectly and then fall in love. They start their new life in England where everything seems strawberries and cream until of course some startling suspicions begin to surface.
For one I couldn’t for the life of me understand what got Mariann interested in Vatan apart from the fact that he’s Brad Pitt and supposedly one of the sexiest men on the planet. She behaves strangely, testing his manhood by unbuttoning her blouse. There is no spark or chemistry between the two though. Pitt looks thoroughly straight-faced through the film (Botox perhaps?) and while Cotillard does try her best, even she cannot bring us to care much about the couple.
Another curious thing about the production is the small scale of the sets and the very close framing of everything; it’s as if they didn’t have enough money to do anything on a grand scale.
At a little over two hours, Allied plods along until you cease to care about the characters or the story. It all just seems pointless.