Here's a trailer for ALLIED.
ALLIED would've probably been a big hit with young audiences back in the 1970s. Why? The movie CASABLANCA was hugely popular on college campuses. I attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Every single time CASABLANCA was rented and shown on campus, the audience was packed and there were always cheers and enthusiastic applause when the Claude Rains character orders "Round up the usual suspects." That was the decade in which young film fans fell in love with CASABLANCA. You see the CASABLANCA love in Woody Allen's 1972 hit, PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM.
I already mentioned Brad as an ancient Greek in TROY. Did you ever see Brad as Heinrich, the Austrian mountaineer in SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET? I watch that film to feel better about myself. It empowers to know that my German accent is better than Brad Pitt's.
I'd like to know what co-star Marion Cotillard was thinking in their scenes when Brad was speaking French. She must've wanted to turn to him like Dianne Wiest in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY and say, "Don't speak. Don't...SPEAK."
The British actors in the supporting cast around Brad are very good. Cotillard is wonderful. The story does have suspense. Halfway through it, I could not figure out if she was or wasn't a spy. I was caught up in the mystery. ALLIED was directed to Robert Zemeckis. He gave us FORREST GUMP, CAST AWAY, FLIGHT and BACK TO THE FUTURE. He knows how to spend money and get the most out of special effects. There are thrilling special effects in the wartime scenes. There's suspense in this romantic thriller. The production values are rich. Brad Pitt is once again a hot-looking dude. If only the movie had more a Hitchcock touch and less of a possible Carol Burnett spoof quality.