Here we have yet another World War 2 movie, but this one is a little different. There are no citizen rebels helping the Jewish (like in The Zookeeper’s Wife) and there are no scenes on the actual war front (like Hacksaw Ridge). This film is about two spies (a Canadian officer and a French resistance fighter) that are against Nazi Germany and end up falling in love. Max (Brad Pitt) and Marianne (Marion Cotillard) are the two main characters. Meeting for the first time in Casablanca, undercover as a married couple, they kill many German soldiers at a shindig one evening. Afterwards, they get married and start a family. And this is when the story gets more interesting. The Canadian Intelligence Agency believes that Marianne is a German spy, and starts an investigation on her. Something called a blue ink (or maybe it was blue dye?), which is basically feeding false information to see if it’s passed on.
Throughout the movie the two leading actors are wonderful. It’s evident that the character’s love is pure, but I would have to give most of the credit to Pitt. Once he realizes what is going on and that his wife could be (but he doesn’t believe it yet… or does he?) is a spy, the emotions are flipped instantly from loving to scared to pissed off, back to love again. Regardless of the outcome, Max is going to try his best to save his wife and child from the government and ultimately death.
There were many great scenes in this film, my favorites being the ones with action. The effects were good in my opinion, there was a scene where an air raid is going on and a plane goes down right next to their home. The tension was enormous for this short scene and the effects were fun to watch. In between these scenes though, it was fairly slow, however the acting was able to push through the slow parts and really shine with the story at hand.
For the most part I liked this movie. The romance and the action war scenes were good, but other than that it was a tad boring. I’m going to have to give this movie an “okay” rating. I didn't like the ending and I probably wouldn’t watch it again, but I’m not mad that I did. If you like a romance movie with a war going on around them with a “love conquers all” attitude, then this film is for you.
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