Allied. Second viewing (the first). The seams showed a bit more and the pastiche was more apparent and I liked it more because of it, I think. The too-clean appearance heightens the fairy tale, like memory tends to soften things. Noticed a few fun edits, like the lightning shifting to the lantern on the landing strip, and the beats of the final gunshots at the tank crew matched by the curtains being drawn open. I also liked the parallels with two big decisions happening in cars – once during the sandstorm, again in the rain at the airstrip.
Allied. Oh man. I fell in love with it within a few minutes. I wish we had more movies like this. Old-fashioned glamorous romance, melodrama. Sweeping but intimate. The stakes are high because the relationships matter.
Here’s a movie idea: two 45-minute films, as identical as possible in setting, costume, lighting, framing, tone, etc. but with a different set of lead actors. Not too many, maybe 1-5 switched out. Film them as contemporaneously as possible. Screen’em back-to-back. Anyone ever done this?