I have been looking forward to this film for sometime now, with a cast what contains Brad Pitt and Marion Cotilliard and directed by the great Robert Zemeckis. Be warned this review will contain spoilers so only read if you have watched the film already or don’t care about spoilers. I won’t be giving away too many spoilers, just minor act details.
The film is based around Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and Marianne Beausejour (Marion Coltillard). They are sent to act like husand and wife in Casablanca during the height of World War 2 to assassinate a German ambassador. The first act is based around this premise but the film is so much more than that. This first act is great, they set up the two characters while showing a very believable love story brewing between the two. We have to see the two very different characters get along and act like husband and wife. They seem to get too much into their roles because once their mission is complete they return to the UK to live together and get married.
This film is a great example of pace and intensity, just as the film seems to be calming down and making us relax for a second, we are suddenly given something new to think about. Once our characters find something new out something else appears in their path. Once we enter the second act of the film we get a new twist. Maybe Marianna isn’t all that she is shown to be. The whole second act is revolved around if Marianna is who she says she is or is she actually a spy? This act revolves around Max and trying to find out if his wife and mother of his child is a spy or is she truly innocent.
This is the act when everything kicks up a gear, we find ourselves going on this beautifully crafted and perfectly paced act. We see a break down of a man who doesn’t know what to believe, does he live life like he is has been and tries to carry on not thinking about if his wife is truly a spy or does he try to find the answer out himself? This is what this whole act revolves around.
We then move into the third act, this is all about Max and what he decides to do after finding out the truth if his wife is or is not a spy. If he is being tested for a bigger job. I won’t say anything about this act.
There isn’t a single second of the film where you are not thinking and questioning what to think, because it was executed to a tee by everyone involved in the creative process.
I would recommend this to anyone seeking a good, tightly written, well paced film made by brilliant made crew and cast. Giving us an insight into a family what happens when you find out something about your family which you may not want to know the answer to. Go watch this film for a good time and remember just why some of the cast and crew are considered amazing. I would give this film a 4/5. A great film what will be in my top 10 of the year with no doubt. Tell me what you all thought of it by tweet me, or go to my Facebook page or simply comment below, thanks.
Come back tomorrow for my review of the new film Bleed for this starring Miles Teller.