Allied (R)

Starring Academy Award Winner Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt a/k/a the “wokest” white man in Hollywood (The Undefeated’s Soraya N. McDonald’s label, not mine – although I must admit after seeing Moonlight, it is one label that I love, love, love, love, love and reference it as often as I possibly can), Allied hit theaters this past weekend following much controversy over Bradgelina’s divorce and what was happing on that set between these two co-stars.  Unfortunately, this film did not live up to all that media hype in my opinion.

Don’t get me wrong, the film had some exciting moments, but as advertised, I was under the impression (and I’m sure I am not the only one) that it would be a bigger, better, badder, Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) (which is why many people believed Marion and Brad were getting it in while filming).  It was not.  That was a marketing error.  It is a totally different movie that was not nearly as much fun.  The movie starts off slowly, introducing Pitt’s character, Cotillard’s character, the era, the setting, the point; then we are set up with this love affair that begins between these two assassins; then we get to the real conflict in the movie.  Somewhere between the beginning and the middle of the story is where they lost me.  I was expecting more action and adventure and got more of a human interest story. (The very reason I rarely watch trailers is so that I have no expectations going in, but when you go to see as many movies as I do, you can’t help but catch one or two from time to time.)

Brad Pitt acted as though he was distracted. He brought very little to this role in the first third of the movie, but shined during the last third.  At times, particularly when he was an active spy, he looked like he wished he was home doing anything else but acting in this movie.  Ms. Cotillard is a consummate actress who had me thinking that if ever a movie about Bette Davis were made, she could do an outstanding job with it.  That is high praise coming from me; just about the highest.

The score was predictable. The writing was lackluster at times, and at times the story became ludicrous.  Pitt’s dialogue was minimal in the first third of the movie due to his cover as a spy.  There could have been less time taken with that part of the movie and more taken with the final third of it where the suspense lies.  As a matter of fact, most of the fluff that filled the beginning and the middle could have been condensed and it would have been a much more interesting, fast-paced and exciting movie if the focus was over the long, Bastille Day weekend featured in the last third of it all.  The fact that I saw the end coming before it arrived certainly did not help.

Allied earned 6 out of 10 bloops. It wasn’t bad, but could have been much better.  It ran a bit too long, focused too heavily on parts it should not have and not enough on the exciting part.  I look forward to what Cotillard will do next.  Better luck next time Brad.  I heard buzz about an Oscar nomination for this role.  I don’t believe that’s likely sir.  Those of us who love you still do, Oscar or no Oscar.

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