Something I found very interesting about this movie is that while it's not primarily a war film, it did provide a very interesting look at what life was like for people. This was during a time when people partied like the world was ending and also a time when people sometimes watched planes get shot out of the sky. It is a truly intriguing and personal way of portraying the war, and the effect is had on people living through it.
The special effects are stunning and it is curiously mystifying how Robert Zemeckis has managed to be both classic and modern. The casting was also great. Cotillard gives a nuanced and deeply felt turn, nothing short of astounding, her character’s ability to lie, once a great asset is now their greatest enemy. However, Pitt's performance has been both criticized and defended but to me, it was appropriately impassive. Despite his character being nowhere near as meaty as Cotillard's he was a worthy partner for Cotillard, a little cold in places but mostly fiery. And this is a wonderful way to weave the story together, making for some excellent tension as well as irony.
As I stated earlier, this movie is more than just war and special effects. Allied is an absolutely beautiful mix of; espionage, war, assassinations, parties, family, romantic/steamy moments, costumes, scenery, and it has a mystery to be solved. Some of these things are done magnificently, others are done just well enough. This film does it all, which is more than can be said for most movies these days.
Overall, Allied is a great movie, and even though it allowed a few things to get in the way of fulfilling its full potential of being an epic wartime romance, in the end, there are a few clear themes. (1) Putting what's best for those you love above your own needs, (2) trying your hardest to believe the best in people and (3) trusting those closest to you. Even if it means you have to break some rules or put your own life on the line.