Allied is a very old fashioned movie and that’s a good thing. It’s a war movie/ love story/ mystery/ thriller. The characters are beautiful – hot, smoldering with simmering emotions. The times are fraught with danger. The backdrop is slinky hot and classy. Everything builds slowly and you have to watch and invest your time and emotions.
It’s 1942 North Africa. Who emerges in the desert but Brad Pitt as Max Vatan. He’s driven into Casablanca with a new identity and a shiny wedding band. Shades of the movie Casablanca, he walks into a bar dressed to the nines and meets his new “wife” Marianne Beausejour (played by the stunning Marion Cottillard) . They are matched for a mission and oh the sparks slowly fly. This is a movie with repartee, slow burning glances, and hot steamy nights. They do manage to blow up some Nazis (no I’m not giving away the movie), and then high tail it back to London.
Are they in love? Do they marry? Is she a German spy?
Oops – well, are two out of three okay?
This movie kept me guessing until the end and I won’t give it away. I enjoyed the buildup and anticipation a lot. Despite being a war movie, this is not a big bang ‘em up showy mess. Instead it’s a slow burn and Brad and Marion are a worthy pair. Give yourself some time in a day and enjoy Allied.