It’s extremely important for a film to set the right style or mood from the outset. Unfortunately, Director Robert Zemeckis’ Allied does not have the right look in the opening scenes. Instead of the gritty World War II ambience, it looks too crisp, like one of Zemeckis’ comedies.
This is not the fault of Production Designer Gary Freeman’s sets, which are excellent, but more the doings of Zemeckis and Cinematographer Don Burgess, who specializes in “brighter” dramas and more uplifting fare.
Allied is darker war-fare in which Marion Cotilliard is the only one totally up to the task as a French Resistor, who may or may not be a German spy.
Brad Pitt is more stiff than usual and only, occasionally, rises to the necessary intensity that is the necessary mood for the piece.
I give Allied a 3.8 out of 5.