Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard are starring in Allied, a World War II spy-romance directed by Robert Zemeckis, because sure, why not? The first trailer is out, and so far, yep, it’s basically a beautifully-shot Oscar-bait spy thriller with very pretty people. We’re all in.
Zemeckis tried his hardest to mix his special effects wizardry with particularly human stories in last year’s World Trade Center tightrope spectacle [The Walk](https://www.inverse.com/article/6577-the-walk-is-one-big-special-effects-tease. But the CGI and schmaltz yielded a box office bomb. So it’s obvious the filmmaker who rocketed into the zeitgeist with Back to the Future would fall back onto some safer subject matter – and now, there’s a trailer to prove it.
Allied features Pitt as Max Vatan, a World War II-era British intelligence officer who meets up with a French Resistance fighter named Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) for a mission in Casablanca. Since these are two of the most beautiful people in the world, they obviously fall in love during their daring mission to assassinate a high ranking German officer, and the espionage all comes to a head when they meet back up in London and see that the real war might just be their relationship.
Scope out the trailer below:
The film is from an original story by main Peaky Blinders writer Steven Knight, so the throwback vibes could very well mask a much more sinister plot. But we can’t help but notice this is all kind of boilerplate Oscar-bait stuff. Given Pitt’s involvement it also seems like a 1942 version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Zemeckis is one of the most versatile master filmmakers out there, but his recent return to live-action films like Flight after a decade of messing around with motion-capture films has been very hit or miss. Still, an old-fashioned Hollywood spy romance with two of the biggest movie stars in the world might be just what he needs for a big comeback
Allied — which also co-stars Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, and Jared Harris — opens smack dab in the middle of Oscar season on November 23.