In my first cultural review I chose to cover the much anticipated Allied, currently in theaters. Allied is a 2016 World War II romantic thriller film directed by Robert Zemeckis and penned by Steven Knight. Starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard there has been much buzz about its ability to transport one to 1942 through its dazzling costume and production design.
To describe the plot briefly, Allied is set during World War II, Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) travels to Casablanca in French Morroco to assassinate the German ambassador. He is partnered with a French Resistance fighter named Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard), who had escaped from Franceafter her resistance group was compromised and killed.
Costume designer Joanna Johnston did an outstanding job especially considering she had only two weeks to do research before outfitting Marion Cotillard, Brad Pitt, and the rest of the cast for the film. Cotillard’s wardrobe, in particular, shines.
Zemeckis also teamed with production designer Gary Freeman to create the stunning and sometimes far-flung backdrops for the film.
Did I enjoy the movie? Well, I very much enjoyed the scenery and costumes. In my opinion, for that reason, it is worth it to see this movie on the big screen. Was it thrilling to me? No, unfortunately I knew exactly was was going to happen, there was no red herring or double McGuffin Hitchcock-esque twist. The story for me was pretty straightforward however the special effects were amazing, especially in relation to recreating the blitzkrieg in London. I found the chemistry between the leads flat, try as Ms Cotlliard might, yet as I stated before, those costumes made it worth the price of admission.