Allied is a World War II-set film that came out in late 2016. All I really noticed about it was the poster, with star Marion Cotillard wearing a beautiful green silk charmeuse dress… but for some reason I didn’t get excited about it. Cue an 11 plane ride from Paris to San Francisco, and me working my way through all the historical stuff available on the in-flight entertainment, and you’ve got yourself a movie review!
I’m kind of glad I hadn’t seen the preview, so if you haven’t yet and you want to watch this film, don’t! It gives away a major plot point, which is such an irritation for me… especially since this plot point doesn’t come up until about 75% of the way through the movie.
Basically, Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard are resistance fighters for the Allies — she’s French, he’s Canadian but working for the British. They meet up in Casablanca where they’re both on the same assignment, and then things unfold from there. That’s all I’m going to tell you, plot-wise, to avoid spoilers!
Allied: The Good
Okay, so technically this should be subtitled “the good, the bad, and the ugly,” but really, I quite liked two out of three of the main elements of the film, so go with me here.
The good are the costumes, designed by Joanna Johnston (Lincoln, Valkyrie, Saving Private Ryan, Far and Away, Back to the Future Part III). That iconic green charmeuse dress IS really gorgeous, even more so as it moves, but there’s also a lot of other beautiful early-1940s wear on Cotillard.
Allied: The Great
Marion Cotillard, man. I could watch her sit in a paper bag. That woman has TALENT and beauty and just about anything she does makes me happy.
Also, Lizzy Caplan has a small part as Pitt’s sister, who is a lesbian and reveling in the anything-goes atmosphere of wartime London.
Allied: The Ugly
BRAD PITT. NOT A THESPIAN.
First of all, THE MAN IS NOT A PERIOD ACTOR. It’s nothing personal, he’s just SO modern, so when he tries to channel a historical period, it’s SO forced and awkward and NOT GOOD.
Also, he’s supposed to be Canadian — from Toronto — but in Casablanca he’s supposed to be undercover as a Parisian. There’s actually a whole plot point where Cotillard tells him his French sounds totally Quebeçois and trains him on a Parisian accent, but let me tell ya, it seriously doesn’t improve. Whoever thought that Brad Pitt should speak French in public was not Making Good Choices.
Have you seen Allied? What did you think?