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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Beautifully made but mature wartime romance.

Movie R 2016 124 minutes
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Deliberately evoking Casablanca, director Robert Zemeckis proves with this wartime romance that he's a highly skilled craftsman. With Allied, Flight, and The Walk, Zemeckis has embarked upon a new, mature chapter of his career. He doesn't totally shy away from the visual effects and big moments he's long been known for, but now he's more closely focusing on characters and their powerful longings and emotions. He seems to be choosing empathy and compassion, getting behind his characters 100 percent, no matter their failings or drawbacks.

Allied is beautifully constructed, with smooth, polished camerawork and editing, as well as evocative music and design. But it's never self-consciously arty. A love scene in a car in the middle of a desert sandstorm is beautiful, if just a teeny bit silly, but a raucous party sequence, peppered with fear and paranoia, is totally engrossing. Pitt and Cotillard are letter-perfect, not only looking the period, but also generating a warm, vivid onscreen chemistry. This is one of those big, old-fashioned movies "like the ones they used to make."

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