The year is 1942. During the World War II, Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), an Intelligence Officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force travels to Casablanca to assassinate the German Ambassador. His partner for the Mission is a French Resistance fighter named Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cottilard). These two fall in love and marry. But does the honeymoon last?
Over the last seven decades, World War II has continued to provide fodder to filmmakers. While some have chosen to showcase the gory aspects, others like Casablanca (1942) and The English Patient (1996), to name just two, have neatly struck a balance between mush and war. Similarly, Robert Zemeckis’ Allied recounts the love-story of Max and Marianne in his signature sensitive style, mounted stylishly against a vintage backdrop. The movie has both intrigue of treason and the passion of the players. What works for it, is the filmmaker's adept story-telling technique. And though the screen proceedings are dominated by just the two protagonists, the remarkable performances from Pitt and Cottilard keep you rivetted.
This couple stands warned that marriages made on the field, never succeed. Yet they find it hard to douse the fires of passion that are kindled. Of course, the Indian Censor has played spoilsport and ``suggested cuts’’ which only allows us a watered-down version.
Coming back to the plot, after they complete the first part of their mission together in Casablanca, Marianne joins Max in London, where they get married. Soon after, their daughter Ana is born. And though the war wages on the outside, Max and Marianne lead a blissful existence. Till one day, Max gets a phone call from the war headquarters suggesting that there is evidence to prove that his wife could be an infiltrator, a German spy. Max, who is torn between love and duty, is forced to walk a tight line of emotions. And Pitt, shows you his acting chops in the climax scene where he breaks down.
This is certainly not a classic like the yesteryear Casablanca, yet if story-telling and subtle performances do it for you, give it a shot.