Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Allied (2016)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Starring Brad Pitt, Vincent Ebrahim, Xavier De Guillebon, Marion Cotillard


Like Mr. & Mrs. Smith, only with a historical setting and the polish of Robert Zemeckis. Story and characters are engaging throughout. Great sets and costumes help make it feel like an authentic period piece. Slow-paced, but the editing is good.

Cotillard is great, but I think Pitt is bad actor. Sure, he’s good looking, but he mumbles and does this weird open mouth thing. Playing a stock hero doesn’t work for him. He’s so much more entertaining and believable when he plays edgy characters and antiheroes, like in Fight Club, Snatch, Twelve Monkeys, and even Inglourious Basterds. Pitt’s miscast in this one. Someone like Matt Damon would have been better in the role.

Zemeckis uses effects unabashedly but appropriately. He’s never afraid to let effects deliver his most important plot points.

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