Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Allied feels like a film noir spy romance

Movie Title:  Allied

Grade:  B

Rating:  R, 124 minutes

In a Nutshell: World War II offers the perfect backdrop for a romantic spy adventure, featuring two good looking actors who fall in love.  It has a cat and mouse, film Noir feel to it that makes it look old-fashioned and will remind you of some of the scenes from the classic movie Casablanca.

Uplifting theme: 
  • Duty, love, honesty, patriotism, loyalty.

Things I liked:
  • Brad Pitt speaks French and looks cool in every scene.
  • Marion Cotillard is mesmerizing as Marianne Beausejour.  She really looks and sounds like she stepped out of the 1940's.  She hits the big screen again in a couple of weeks in the movie "Assassin's Creed."
  • The CGI blends really well with real-life shots.
  • There is a funny scene when Brad Pitt shuffles playing cards.  Marianne later says, “So, it’s in the cards for our chance to make history.”
  • This is more romance than spy thriller.

Things I didn’t like:
  • It’s a bit slow moving.
  • The last time Brad Pitt was in a spy movie, he got a divorce.  Just sayin…
  • There are a lot of subtitles, although sometimes French is spoken without subtitles so you have to guess at what is being said. According to the Duolingo app, I'm 11% fluent in French.  So there's that.  ha ha
  • A guy throws up.  Ick.
  • Some scenes could have been trimmed a bit to be more effective.
  • There could have been more spy stuff. 

Interesting lines:
  • “Who are you thinking about?” – Max
“My mother.” – scared soldier
“Don’t.  Think of your father.  He’s proud of you.” – Max 

Funny lines:
  • “Salute me, first!” - George
“Go to hell.”  - Max Vatan
 This IS hell. It’s an office.” – George

Tips for parents: 

  • You see the side of a naked Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt’s rear end.
  • A lot of F-bombs.
  • It’s starts to get hot and heavy in a car, as well as in a bed.
  • There are a lot of subtitles to read.
  • Lesbians kiss.
  • Shooting, violence, suicide.

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