Movie Review | Allied “2016”

By Mica Wilhite

allied_filmTexas is where “Allied” started. Around 1981, Steve McKnight, the film’s screenwriter was seeing an English girl whose auntie told him the story of her brother, a member of the British secret service, that stuck with him.

“Allied” is a romantic drama about intimate betrayal. Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) is a Canadian intelligence officer and Marion Cotillard is perfectly cast as Marianne Beausejour, a French resistance fighter. Posing as a married couple is a requirement for an assassination assignment they are given, and also, paves the way for real love to find its way through a suffocating sand storm and World War II.

Robert Zemekis directed this film with a soundtrack composed by Alan Silvestri, whom Zemekis has had a long cinematic history with beginning with “Romancing the Stone.” He is known for his artful use of special effects and is the Oscar-winning Best Director for “Forrest Gump.”

“Allied” has some formidable Hollywood power behind it. It has an elegantly crafted screenplay, an A-list director, a bona fide silver screen leading man, and no less than an exquisitely talented, Oscarwinning Best Actress born in Paris, France.  So, why will it not be considered one of the best movies of the year?

As a possible answer, consider this. Filming of “Allied” began in January 2016, and in September, two things happened. The 41-year old Cotillard announced that she was pregnant with her second child with long-time partner Guillaume Canet, and Pitt announced he was separated from Angelina Jolie in what was one of the most disappointing divorce announcements ever.

“Allied” (124 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with an R rating for violence, nudity, and language. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit for a full list of show times. Then, make a not-so-secret plan to see “Allied,” and see if you do not see the lead actors act all too human.

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