Allied (2016) Film Review

Hello readers of Collision Film.

Sorry that it’s been a while since I last wrote a blog post but I have some exciting news. I have started writing for Creators.co which is a publishing platform for any enthusiastic and passionate writer, and their goal is to help writers build their brand and to find their audience. So I have been doing my research and finding out more about this platform. Last week I posted my first film review and want to share it with you all at Collision Film.

Here is the link to my review at Creators.co. (click on Creators.Co to be taken to my film review)

But I would like to share it with you on Collision Film as well so here is my film review of Allied (2016):

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4 STARS

Allied is a film that I have been looking forward to watch all year; it features two leads who happen to be some of my favourite actors. Back to the Future (1985) master Robert Zemeckis allies Oscar winners Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt to make a romantic epic that grips you and keeps you emotionally invested.

The film tells the tale of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) falling in love during their mission in Casablanca. The film chronicles their love story through the time following and audiences will see how their relationship fares given their occupations of being spies. The chemistry between Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard is convincing and a joy to watch; we get to see them during the course of their relationship and yet discover them as individual characters.

Allied covers quite a lot in the narrative; the first act where they meet on their mission is almost like a mini film. Smartly paced, with a sense of mystery and anticipation of how their mission will fare, the film doesn’t try to hard as it feels effortless. Marion Cotillard exudes mystery and class as seasoned resistance fighter who has been in the game long enough to know how to work people. Brad Pitt’s character has a different approach as a man with a quite yet firm exterior, yet he manages to work well with Marianne Beausejour forming a bond that will help them get through their mission.

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After their time in Casablanca is really where the story heats up. Adapting to life in London can they truly be trusted? Because we’ve spent enough time with them during the early days of their relationship we are emotionally invested in these characters and how they can coexist together when their occupations have taught them to do otherwise. There is never a dull moment in this film because it keeps you guessing and keeps you interested to see where the story goes. There are times in the film where we’re not sure whether to trust these characters or whether to root for them; I love how Allied plays with people’s emotions and keeps the audiences interest.

There is so much to admire in the film; from the locations to the costumes. There is such an elegant feel to Allied and you can’t help but think of classics such as Casablanca (1942) of which the film references in the early stages of the film. Whilst the film is heavily stylised there is a natural feel to the film which is largely due to the lead actors performances. You’ll walk into this film thinking it’s one thing but this film is more three dimensional than you may think.

If you love Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt then definitely watch Allied. Robert Zemeckis switches it up again as we have seen him go from 80’s favourite Back to the Future (1985), to Oscar winning Forrest Gump (1994) even to The Polar Express (2004). This is definitely a film that will leave you needing a moment to compose yourself after the film has ended.

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