Flash Movie Review: Allied

AFTER seeing and experiencing it with my own eyes, I understand the reasons why one should not make any major changes in one’s life during an upheaval. The big life changers one could experience are divorce/breakup, relocation or job loss. I had a job for some years at a company that went through a downsizing and my position was eliminated. One of the first things I thought I needed to do was put my house up for sale. Luckily a friend talked me out of it. Eventually I did find a new job and was grateful I had listened to my friend.   THERE is a friend of mine who tended to make rash decisions in her life. After being with her boyfriend for several years they broke up; she took it very hard. I made myself available, being her support during the difficult time. Well imagine my shock when she told me in a relative short time she had met someone. I thought maybe this would be a distraction for her to pick herself up and move on; however, within several weeks she comes to tell me she is getting married. Carefully I chose my words to her and asked a few questions about her reasons and such, but nothing deterred her pending nuptials. You might have figured out by now where this story is going. The wedding was lovely, small and intimate with lots of flowers everywhere. But just as flowers have a short lifespan so did this marriage. After 3 or 4 years they got divorced and from the stories she told me I was surprised the relationship did not end sooner. So you see when it comes to big lifetime events, I feel they need to sit out and ripen like a beautiful piece of fruit to yield the strongest taste.   ASSIGNED to a secret mission in North Africa intelligence officer Max Vatan and French resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour, played by Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, World War Z) and Marion Cotilard (The Immigrant, Inception), had to pose as a married couple for the plan to succeed. They did not realize emotions could rise during wartime. This action drama drew me early into its story. With Jared Harris (Lincoln, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) as Frank Heslop, I thought the acting was good; though it became obvious Marion was the best out of the group. The buildup of action was well done by director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future franchise, Flight). As for the sets, scenery and costumes; they were picture perfect, adding a beautiful style to the romantic aspects of the film. Unfortunately by the midway point the story started to fizzle out. I felt the picture needed more intense drama. Part of this I believe fell on Brad and Marion; there was some chemistry between them but I felt for this story they needed to smolder and burn brightly. Together they were more like two candles instead of a blazing fire. As the last half of the movie played out I found my mind started to wander which is never a good sign. I had to think about the rating I would give to this film since I liked the first part better than the second and I never want to make a rash decision.

 

2 ½ stars    

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 29, 2016, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I am glad you posted this review. I was getting ready to ask your opinion. It was very hard for me to imagine Brad Pitt as Humphrey Bogart. Casablanca was such an iconic film that I really don’t understand how anyone would undertake a remake, or even a variation of it. You have confirmed my suspicions – thank you!

  2. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful trailer.

  3. Even prior to the whole Brangelina thing I was never a big Brad Pitt fan of acting as I always felt it to be dry and almost Keaneau Reeves school of acting ya know? He has moments in his films where he really strikes out as an actor but always winds up short by the mid point and like you say your mind begins to wander and it fizzles out. This one intrigued me somewhat but I am going to watch Winter in Wartime first

  4. I wonder if Brad’s personal life has affected his work? He definitely lacked the passion he needed. It came and went, but in some ways the film was not unlike Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which had a ton of sizzle, which lead him to the relationship he is currently embroiled in and ultimately may have brought up too much history for him to relax and do the quality of work he is capable of. Just a thought. In other words, I’m inclined to agree with you.
    Keep in mind too that as for the writing. what is written is infrequently left unscathed after The director, the producers and sometimes the actors change it up so what you see is not always or necessarily what was originally written or what the writer had in mind.

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