Allied is no Casablanca and Brad Pitt is no Humphrey Bogart

Allied is a story of love, spies and the French Resistance set against the backdrop of World War II and evil Nazis in Casablanca. Sound familiar? Brad Pitt even walks around in a white suit . We kept waiting for him to say “Here’s looking at you kid.”

Brad Pitt & Marion Cotillard in Allied

Brad Pitt & Marion Cotillard in Allied

Allied does have some very good qualities, but just does not come across as the dramatic love story it tries much too hard to be.  There are some very beautiful scenes.  The best part of the movie does take place in Casablanca. Brad Pitt is Max Vatan, an undercover Canadian officer, working with Marianne (Marion Cotillard) a beautiful French Resistance fighter. Of course they fall in love.

Brad Pitt & Marion Cotillard make love in a sandstorm

Brad Pitt & Marion Cotillard make love in a sandstorm

There is a wonderfully romantic scene where Max and Marianne make love in a car in the desert while a sandstorm rages outside. Allied steals liberally from the film Casablanca.  At one point, a French Resistance fighter talks about how Marianne once was in a cafe and sat at the piano and played “La Marseillaise” in front of a group of Nazis. This, of course, was one of the most famous scenes in Casablanca. We are surprised the  resistance fighter didn’t just say it was Rick’s Cafe Americain.

Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca

Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca

If Allied had stayed in Casablanca it would have been a much better movie. However, Max and Marianne move to London and marry. The war is still going on and Max is a Flight Leader while Marianne is a housewife. This is where Allied starts using every World War II movie cliche ever invented.  Max and Marianne have a a party during the Blitz and a German plane crashes in the backyard. During another air raid, Marianne gives birth while the Germans bomb the hospital. She is wheeled into the street where she gives birth while planes roar overhead.

Then comes the shocker. Max is informed that the British suspect that Marianne is a German spy and always has been. His assignment is to discover the truth. If  she is a spy  is orders are to kill her. (We are not spoiling anything. This part of the story is in the movie trailer).

Humphrey Bogart, Dooley Wilson & Sidney Greenstreet in Casablanca

Humphrey Bogart, Dooley Wilson & Sidney Greenstreet in Casablanca

Overall Allied is good but not great. One of the problems is that the supporting characters are just not interesting. In Casablanca there was a multitude of interesting characters and sub plots. Dooley Wilson and Sidney Greenstreet had their own stories that linked with Bogart’s but were also  interesting by themselves.

In Allied, the only interesting characters are Max and Marianne. The audience just does not care what happens to anyone else. The plot twists are also not as astounding as the producers think they are. The movie’s ending is easy to guess and not very satisfying.

East Cost Stories recommends that if you are really in the mood for a World War II love story with spies and plot twists, rent the original 1942 Casablanca.  Here’s looking at you kid.

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