A Love Story That Was, Film Review Allied

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Allied

When the world heard about the Brangelina break-up it was inconsolable. But Mr Brad Pitt has bounced back on the silver screen with the Second World War film, Allied starring opposite Marion Cotillard.

The film has been directed by Robert Zemeckis who made the iconic Forrest Gump so expectations were high from this war love story.

Max Vatan, a Canadian Officer is sent on a secret mission to Morocco and has to pretend to be Mariaane Beausejour’s husband. However it does not take long for both them to turn their fake relationship into a real one and Max even manages to get Mariaane into the possibly only safest place during the war, London.

They have a child, but they are also carrying a secret, or perhaps Marianne is. Max is faced with an unusual choice and it is decision of duty over love, which one will he choose and is there a third one?

This is the passionate love story of two of the most beautiful actors in Hollywood right now, the ever-handsome Brad Pitt and sultry Marion Cotillard. Rumors were very strong at some point that this film could have caused the break up of Brad and Angelina Jolie’s marriage.

If you want to head back in time and experience a love story under bombshells and dressed in stylish costumes (by the way Costume Designer Joanna Johnston was nominated for an Academy Award), then indulge in this film.

Excellent work by Brad as the conflicted husband and Marion is clever in playing two-dimensional characters.

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Film Review- The Imitation Game

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The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game is a true story about a marvelous genius, Alan Turing. He broke the German impossible code maker- The Enigma and this saved over 4 million lives in the Second World War. Director Morten Tyldum discovers the beauty in actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan who was also a homosexual. Benedict who has also been successful in playing Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange couldn’t have better portrayed this weird man. Benedict adds warmth, truth, and determination to a brave character who is fighting for his intelligent machine The Imitation Game to gain money, popularity and success.

While Benedict lost the Oscar to fellow British Eddie Reymane as Stephen Hawking in a Theory of Everything, he still delivers excellent cinema.

A competent cast that includes Mark Strong, Charles Dance and Keira Knightley also joins him.

Keira fits perfectly as a tomboyish girl who is smart and awkward. Mark Strong lends his heavy voice and polished command of suaveness as the MI6 Agent. Charles Dance who is popular for being a Lanister in The Game of Thrones, is a typical English soldier and delivers with finesse.

The Imitation Game captures the real life story of Alan Turing who had exceptional talent in Maths, and was introduced to crosswords, codes and puzzles by his only friend in school Christopher. Alan falls in love with him but he remains awkward to work with. He struggles with his undercover team of code breakers and it takes a special lady Joan Clarke to be the catalyst for the machine and Alan’s career. Incidentally they had to get engaged just to Joan could live respectfully away from home.

The film’s texture reminds you of The Beautiful Mind where Russell Crowe portrayed Nobel Laureate in Economics John Nash.