FIRST LOOK: Enticing, Stylish "S" Curve Thriller "Allied" Recreates World War Melodramatic Romance
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Canadian military operative Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) has instructions to meet up with a French resistance fighter clad in a shimmery deep purple dress Marianne Beauséjour (Marion Cotillard). The mission calls for them to be married and both turn on the heat early in this modern melodramatic war romance set in Casablanca and London.

Filmmaker Robert ("Back to the Future", "Death Becomes Her") Zemeckis avoids the iconic "we'll always have Paris" line surrendering it for a suggested "another day" in England where the two assassins come together after sufficient vetting for a real wedding day.

Having been consummated subtly on the smouldering moonlit Casablanca rooftops and vividly during a wicked sandstorm where Cotillard ("Inception," "Dark Knight Rises" "Midnight in Paris") pumps out poised leadership qualities, Pitt already having fallen off the edge for the dark haired, blue eyed beauty tones down the kissing (post baby) in favor of further espionage.

Obviously, Zemeckis did not find Bogey and Bergman Episode Two, but the sharply woven is she/is she not  "S" curve reminds of  screeching over a Gauley Mountain two lane blacktop, braked by a few plundering detours.

FIRST LOOK: Enticing, Stylish "S" Curve Thriller "Allied" Recreates World War Melodramatic Romance

 Photography has  strong intensity sepia qualities complemented by expansive sand dunes , an impressive London search light air raid, and a spinning staircase descent.

You will see "Allied" has nearly located the 'as it used to be' feel, atmosphere, and glamour of a nearly replicated  classic (piano included), except for ambiguity and symbolism. Without dissecting major spoilers, it wraps on a sense of convenient contrivence not a hazy "as time goes by" or "beautiful friendships."