Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier (Pitt) has commanded his tank-crew Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan (LaBeouf), Trini ‘Gordo’ Garcia (Peña) and Grady ‘Coon-Ass’ Travis (Bernthal) through hell and back but when rookie recruit Norman Ellison (Lerman) joins the crew, all bets are off. David Ayer wrote and directed the (can-be) war epic Fury.
My initial thoughts when I saw the trailer to this film was; Another movie about WW2? Damn, that can’t be good. But, as they say, you can’t judge a book by its cover, or in this case, a film by its trailer, so I just had to see it. And I was actually surprised by it, I really was. I went in to this film thinking that it would at least be somewhat entertaining so my expectations were very low, and even if Brad Pitt has been a fan favorite of mine since Thelma & Louise, his performances hasn’t been the greatest of late (in my opinion). Sure, he was great in Moneyball and gave a semi-decent performance in 12 Years a Slave, but ever since (the god awfully titled) The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, it feels like he’s just phoning everything in. And now we have Fury. It seems like mr. Pitt opened up his bag of tricks, pored it all out on the table and just went to town on this film. Absolutely an Oscar-worthy performance, I have to say! And add to that a spectacular performance from both Shia LaBeouf and logan Lerman and an okay performance by Michael Peña and you have yourself a pretty damn good ensemble. Oh, did I leave one out? Oh yeah, John Bernthal, sure. Yeah, he was okay in the film, I guess, but it just felt like I was watching TWD’s Shane in a Nazi-infested world rather than a zombie-one. Nothing spectacular about it, just the same old animalistic douchebaggery we’ve all seen before.
As for the movie itself, well… it does throw a few curveballs your way. Nothing fancy, just a few twists and shocks here and there, but they’re spread out good through the film in a way that whenever the film feels to slow down, it pops right back up again and I liked that a lot. As far as the story goes, it’s pretty much just a swirled take on the ‘mission behind enemy lines’ story we’ve seen before, but it works. Even if I’ve seen the main basis of it before, it still felt fresh and original. It showed you the animalistic nature of man but also his compassion. The film felt real in a way not many movies do, so Tango’s ‘Stamp of Approval’ received!
I’m not gonna go any deeper into this right now but you can jot this one down on your ‘to watch’ when I (eventually) release my Youtube-series. Anyway, I’m gonna wrap this one up with these final thoughts; Every decade has its fair share of war-centric films but there is always a few war epics that stands out among the crowd. The 80’s had Platoon and Full Metal Jacket, the 90’s had Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List, the 2000’s had Flags of Our Fathers and Enemy at the Gates. Give it a few years and I’m pretty sure that Fury will rank among these now classic war epics. Yeah, it’s just that good!
So, now that I’ve taken care of that, what now? Oh yeah, I’m gonna go watch another movie so I’ll have something else for you cinephiles to read about shortly, but until then…..