World War II movies have been around since…well World War II, that you start to wonder if there’s still room for more. But I have faith in director Robert Zemeckis (“Cast Away”, “Forrest Gump”) and I have nothing but admiration for Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. They play intelligence officer Max Vatan and French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour, who meet in Casablanca in 1942 to execute a deadly mission. They bond, fall in love and later on get married in London. What happens next? You’ll have to see for yourself. Suffices to say that from the casting of Pitt and Cotillard to the brilliant depiction of life during wartime (with a keen eye for detail), Zemeckis has managed to deliver the goods. Fans of war movies, and the lead actors in particular, should be eminently pleased. Pitt is tremendous in the role, but it’s Cotillard who anchors the film with an unforgettable performance. Ultimately, “Allied” means to grab us hard from the very first moment and never let go. As someone who loves movies set in the 1940’s, I was instantly hooked. It may not be flawless, but it kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. That’s enough for me to recommend it.
★★★ Very good