Saturday, August 13, 2016

Oscar Watch: Allied (2016)

 So one of Oscar's favorite types of movies is the WWII film. Especially films about Nazis and with Oscar pedigree involved. That is what we have with the upcoming Allied directed by Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Flight, Cast Away) and starring Oscar winners Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. It deals with two spies who fall in love in Casablanca and marry during a mission to kill a German official.

  When I first heard about this film, I wasn't exactly over the moom about it. Mainly because it seemed like it would be tailor made for awards glory given the fact it's about WWII and has a lot of Oscar pedigree.

  But after watching the teaser, I'm pretty intrigued by it. I think Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard are well-casted for this period romance because they have such movie star auras that bring back the glory days of movie stars like Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart. I am a big Brad Pitt fan and I absolutely love Marion Cotillard. Cotillard alone is enough to get me to buy a ticket and this seems like a great role for her. I also underestimated her when she got in Best Actress for Two Days, One Night so she could be strong for either Lead or Supporting Actress depending on whether the film deliver and where her placement will be.

   The film also co-stars Jared Harris, Matthew Goode, and Lizzy Caplan and it comes out on November 23rd around Thanksgiving. It's a perfect awards season release date and I think it could either play like gangbusters or be one of those films that seems tailor made for awards glory only to be shut out or land a pity nomination for Costume Design or something.

What do you guys think? Do you think it looks like a legitimate Oscar contender and do you think it looks like a great film in general? Please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!