So, my mother wanted to watch Allied and I went along, despite thinking it’d be a bore. I guess I had my prejudices from seeing the trailer (and seeing it so much it bothered me, because the cinema wouldn’t stop playing it).
But it was better than I expected. It’s not something I’d care to rewatch. While I’m pretty sure there are plot holes, it brings nice things to the table.
Take the scenery for one. Robert Zemeckis gets some flack for using a lot of special effects, but it’s worth it. All the locations in the film are charming and unique and cool, most of all. It convinces why people in the 60s thought Britain was a charming lil’ isle, with the hills and forests and grey skies. Zemeckis is, all in all, a good director and most of the time, he has a steady hand.
It also uses a good editing (something missing from many actions films nowadays, like Suicide Squad), and some deliberate, tense pacing from the more action scenes (missing from Suicide Squad as well). That one scene where the protagonist sneaks into Vichy France was one of the high points, and it used all its strenghs well. I’m a little biased, considering I like more of that than rampant explosions.
Speaking of France, everypne speaks French in Morocco, which is nice. As a history fan, seeing historical flicks take these jabs and nods toward the time they’re set and the historical figures (Pétain is mentioned once) felt like a treat.
The leads are all right, Pitt looks a bit younger and, I’m sure critics have noticed, Cottilard feels like some Ingrid Bergman. Surprinsingly, the chemistry falls well. I mean, Brad has some high and low points through msot of the film, but Marion keeps herself well, even though I think some of the spicier scenes fell a bit flat.
So, that’s what I thought. Went in with no expectations, and while there were things I didn’t enjoy, I got out with an alright watch. Nice when that happens.