The best parts of the film are its acting and its cinematography. Marion Cotillard gives an extremely dedicated, believable performance that all but saves the film. Her emotion is truly riveting. Brad Pitt is also very good, but has a more stolid role, having a lot less to work with emotionally, but delivering well when the character demands. The film is also technically impressive, for the most part, with the shots doing well to showcase both the passionate feelings of romance and the horrors of war. There is one scene that I thought was sloppily assembled and looked clearly fabricated to me, but it isn't majorly distracting.
The film's major problems to me occurred within its writing. The plot element of the film that was the main draw from the advertising didn't even come in until about halfway through the film, The film has some extremely prolonged, slow moments, especially in the first half. The film begins to pick up when the main plot is introduced, but it still feels a bit anticlimactic to me. It is a combination of factors from both the writing and the directing that made me feel this way. Obviously, the predictability doesn't help. Then, on top of that, when the climax happens, it is often done in a way that is somewhat insignificant. The characters' movements are insubstantial, the score doesn't illustrate the highest point of suspense very well. That was my biggest issue with this film: it just wasn't that exciting.
So overall, "Allied" was a relatively well-made, but not very thrilling romantic thriller, I think that this film could have used a few more re-writes to be effective.
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably not.