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Allied (2016) – An Unexpected Romance, An Unexpected Tragedy

Allied (2016) – An Unexpected Romance, An Unexpected Tragedy

It’s been 10 months since I wrote my last film review and to be honest, I wondered if I’d ever get back to writing about films again. The number of films I’ve watched has only increased over time but my desire to write about them seems to have faded. There was something, though, about Allied, which was so powerful that I immediately felt the urge to take my laptop out and start typing. I’m writing this sitting on a plane from Beijing to London and for the first time in a while I’m truly feeling motivated to write a review.

Flicking through Air China’s selection of films on board my flight I was truly disappointed by the range of films on offer. There wasn’t a single one that I particularly wanted to watch. After I finished the book I brought with me, I knew I was going to have to watch at least one of these films to save myself from boredom so I opted for Allied. I’m a big fan of both Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard so I figured this would be, at least, passable. In the end, however, this film ended up touching my heart in a way that I didn’t expect at all.

Now onto the review…

Allied is set during the Second World War. The year is 1942 and Canadian intelligence officer, Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), is sent to Casablanca to work on a covert mission with the French Resistance fighter, Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard). Later, when the pair are reunited in London, their relationship is tested by the war with the Germans with deadly consequences.

This film seamlessly blends action, drama and romance together to create a war film that will have you biting your fingernails and then wiping your eyes. Zemeckis brings back good old fashioned romance and I know the story of Marianne and Max’s love will stay with me for a long time. What starts as a whirlwind romance quickly turns to tragedy as the plot takes an unexpected turn halfway through and you won’t know what’s coming. The film seems to move at 100mph in some places but somehow also leaves you time to savour the beautiful cinematography. A feat I have seen few directors achieve.

Every scene oozes 1940s glamour and (almost) makes you pine for an era that was a living hell for most. It’s almost as if this entire film was bathed in a sort of romantic golden light you can’t tear your eyes away from. Both Pitt and Cotillard are in their element and their onscreen chemistry sends sparks flying. And not just because they are two of the most beautiful human beings to ever grace Planet Earth. Their relationship is beautifully touching and they share that kind of love-conquers-all bond that I’ve always dreamed about but somehow it doesn’t seem sappy in the slightest. Somehow everything about this story seems so real. When you take a step back you might begin to question the probability of the plot but when I was watching it I was completely enthralled by the drama.

I know that some critics slated this film, calling it a disappointment, but personally I found this to be a moving and entertaining romantic thriller and I’d highly recommend it to those still dreaming of a times gone by. Admittedly, though, this film prioritises style over substance so one for romantics, not history buffs.

Purchase Allied on Amazon here. 

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  1. 2nd Sep 2017 / 3:27 PM

    I love reading film reviews, as it helps to know whether it’s worth watching or not especially if you’re going lengths to get it. This film sounds like it is something I would like to watch. Plus I like the history element to it! 🙂 x

  2. Jenni Grainger
    2nd Sep 2017 / 4:15 PM

    Oh I need to see this now! Sounds just like something I would get into very quickly

  3. John Franklin
    2nd Sep 2017 / 5:04 PM

    I loved this film. I only watched it on DVD at Easter but it’s definitely one of my films of the year.

    • Laura @ What's Hot?
      2nd Sep 2017 / 7:14 PM

      Glad to hear it!! I really loved it 😀

  4. Kayleigh Bestwick
    2nd Sep 2017 / 6:34 PM

    In all honesty, I’m not a huge film person – don’t get mad now! I think I’m too impatient and can’t sit still for nearly 2 hours! But, having read this, I may just need to watch this. I’ve never disliked a film with Brad Pitt in, so don’t see why I wouldn’t enjoy this one either!

    Kayleigh x

  5. Elodie
    2nd Sep 2017 / 7:33 PM

    I loved this film when I watched it in the cinema and now I really want to watch it again tonight. iTunes store, here I come!

  6. Melanie
    2nd Sep 2017 / 8:02 PM

    Never even heard of this before…where have a been! This is a must watch, not watched a decent movie in ages 🙂 x

  7. Sahana Mishra
    3rd Sep 2017 / 7:37 AM

    never heard of this movie! But, it sure looks like something I would be interested.

  8. 3rd Sep 2017 / 4:08 PM

    I know exactly what you mean about airplane movies being disappointing – sometimes the selection is so naff or you’ve already seen them all already. Lucky you took a chance on this film, as it sounds really interesting. Not sure if it’s my sorta thing (probably the same as you originally), but after reading your review, I’d definitely watch it if it comes up on TV some time x

  9. Angela Milnes
    3rd Sep 2017 / 6:09 PM

    This is the first time that I heard about this movie and such an Interesting for me, I will check this out

  10. Leah Shafik
    3rd Sep 2017 / 6:37 PM

    I haven’t heard about this film before. It does sound like something I would probably like to watch myself though.

  11. Gloria Gordon
    3rd Sep 2017 / 6:51 PM

    I haven’t heard of this film, but now I’m a little curious to go watch it.

  12. 3rd Sep 2017 / 8:47 PM

    I’ve heard of this film but not so much about it. ill give this a watch if its on my flight tomorrow

  13. Gareth Torrance
    4th Sep 2017 / 7:44 AM

    My OH and I were interested in seeing Allied, but when it got slated, we kind of ignored it… Maybe we should get it a go…

  14. Gayathri
    4th Sep 2017 / 8:12 AM

    I love anything related to WW II. Er.. I mean books, movies, autobiography etc. I would check if it is available on my TV here

    Gayathri @ Musings Over Nothing

  15. 4th Sep 2017 / 9:26 AM

    Sounds like a good movie and it’s good that your choice on the plane was worth it x

  16. Baby Isabella
    4th Sep 2017 / 10:56 AM

    We love Marion Cotillard and she’s a great actress, must keep an eye out for this film might try and find it online x

  17. jillconyers
    4th Sep 2017 / 5:25 PM

    I love romantic thriller movies. I might have to check this out. People seem to be a little more flexible with what they will watch on a plane to pass the time.

  18. Luci Cook
    5th Sep 2017 / 2:30 AM

    This seems like a pretty good movie. I love a good thriller.

  19. mummyslittlemonkey
    5th Sep 2017 / 7:45 AM

    I’m not the biggest Brad Pitt fan, but have ADORED Marion Cotillard since La Vie En Rose. I do love wartime movies too – even if they’ve been ‘tweaked’ a bit to make them more drama than documentary… I don’t think I’d have tried watching this before, but would give it a go now! x

  20. 11th Sep 2017 / 1:06 AM

    I think you are right in saying that it is a romanticised version of historical context but nevertheless I too was touched by Allied ‘s narrative x

  21. John Milnes
    15th Sep 2017 / 6:48 PM

    I saw this on Sky a few days back and I quite enjoyed it. I was very surprised and I know Marion Cotillard is a great actress. She is very versatile and can fit most the roles that are thrown at her. Even one of the Batman movies. Brad Pits performance is also great. I am glad I watched it.

    Thanks for Sharing

    John M

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