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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Allied (2016)

During WWII, a British intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) and a French resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) on a mission in Morocco fall in love. They marry but it isn't long before he suspects that his wife may be, in fact, a German agent. This is a surprisingly good entertainment directed by Robert Zemeckis (DEATH BECOMES HER). There's an old fashioned glamour to the proceedings and with a little tweaking (cut out the sex, the lesbians and the cocaine), I can easily see this as a late 40s Hollywood offering with Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman in the Pitt/Cotillard roles. Zemeckis balances the romantic elements with the thriller elements as well as Hitchcock at his best (though, of course, Zemeckis is no Hitchcock). We all know what a great actress Cotillard is and her performance is suitably ambiguous but she has never seemed more a movie star than here and Pitt, of course, is a bona fide movie star. There are twists and turns and one has to hand it to Zemeckis and screenwriter Steven Knight for not giving us the ending we want (I was bummed) but it's an honest one. With Jared Harris, Simon McBurney and Lizzy Caplan.

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