The first half of the film is geared toward their relationship development so that we feel vested when the ax of bad news is dropped on Max Vatan (Pitt). Is his wife a spy? Is she not? You'll have to watch the film to find out, but regardless, I felt swept away by the vastness and yet tightly woven plot of this movie. Beautiful 40's costumes, cars, guns, etc. The movie was visually appealing and I was entertained for the full two hours. Nothing is lost, every scene was usefully to the story.
Marion Cotillard killed it in this role, she never disappoints. Pitt did a good job as well. While the movie isn't perfect, it's a solid film. The acting is strong and the plot is engaging. This is definitely a good movie and worth seeing. Take a break from the Thanksgiving and Black Friday rush, head over to your local theater and spend a few hours watching Allied.