Thursday, February 16, 2017

'Allied' Is Not Worth Brangelina's Breakup

Allied is a romantic spy thriller set during World War II about a Royal Canadian Air Force intelligence officer named Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and a French Resistance fighter named Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) who fall in love while on a deadly assignment in Casablanca, Morocco, posing as husband and wife.  After the mission, they get married for real, settle in London, and have a baby girl.  However, their marriage is threatened when Max is informed by British intelligence that Marianne may be a German spy all along.

Its premise has the makings of an extremely interesting spy love story, it’s beautifully shot, and has great production value.  I mostly enjoyed it.  But it tails off in its attempt to reach “epic” territory; it’s neither terrific as a wartime thriller nor as a wartime romance.  And there’s something about this movie that makes it seems it would have worked much better as a novel, and if it had been so, I would have loved it.

According to gossips, the reason Angelina Jolie broke up with Brad Pitt is because he was cheating with Marion Cotillard during this movie’s production.  Of course, that may be probably pure hogwash.  But if that’s indeed true, Brangelina’s breakup is an excessive price to pay for Allied. LOL.

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