Character Depth. Every story has characters. The boring back stories and emotions of those characters make up their depth. Great movies don’t even bother giving their characters depth because let’s face it, no one want’s to know what the character had for breakfast. The new film “Allied” knows not to waste time on giving their characters depth and this payed off in one of the most incredible performances Brad Pitt has ever done. Brad Pitt plays a man who wears a uniform, stares at people, and occasionally shoots people. What else do you need to know? Is he Canadian, French, or English, I think they mentioned where he was from at some point, and he definitely lived in London, but he sounds American to me and in the long run, what should it matter? What is his job? Is he a spy? He isn’t that good at keeping his cover if that’s the case. Is he a pilot? He has some trouble with that too. But you know what we do know about him? He’s an ultra famous actor that has a lot of screen time.
Babies. The old adage about filmmaking is never work with animals or children. However sometimes the adults in the movie have a baby and you’ve got to deal with it. On this movie, though, the filmmakers totally miscast the part of the baby. She was always a drag on any scene she was in. It felt like whatever the director told her to do, she completely ignored. She couldn’t even walk right in the picnic scene. I mean, seriously? It was obvious that the writers had to make changes on set. Either they had her sleeping or with the babysitter so that she didn’t spoil any more of the film. This should be a lesson to all filmmakers, follow the Eastwood method and just get a prop baby. They’re so much easier to work with and no one will notice.
Spy thrillers. A crowd favorite, spy thrillers are cool films about people who wear fancy suits and kill people really quietly. By those rules, “Allied” fits perfectly. The costumes are trés chic and they kill several people. Many people believe that spy thrillers should also have mystery, intrigue, double crossing, and actual spying, but that is simply not true. “Allied” is considered a spy thriller and really doesn’t have any of that. While it does have a bit of a mystery and twist, you don’t have to worry about getting confused or excited because it’s pretty easy to guess and the characters aren’t very deep so you can be happy knowing you won’t care too much about the stakes.
If you want to watch a fun movie about secrets, a marriage between spies, action, and Brad Pitt, there’s probably a better option already out there. But if you love watching Marion Cotillard, it may be worth it to see parts of “Allied.” I give it three popped corns.