Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Movie Review: Fury
Fury is the story of the crew of a tank named Fury that wound it's way through Nazi-occupied Germany, just months prior to the end of World War II. The men of the crew, lead by Brad Pitt's Don "Wardaddy" Collier, are bleak and war-hardened. They all have haunted eyes who have obviously seen atrocities most of us can't conceive of. When a very young new driver, Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) joins the team, his journey with them begins. When it ends, so will the film, but probably not in the way you'd think.
History: Fury is not based on one true story, but rather a collection of true accounts from veterans who spent their time during the war in tanks. I read that the director did everything he could to keep things as real as possible. Watching the film, you definitely get a feel for how things would have been behind enemy lines during this period of the war. We see the American soldiers doing what they can to help the innocent German people, but we also see them invading the homes of those same people and making use of their supplies, which wasn't particularly comfortable for either the people or the soldiers. Everyone kind of accepts it and makes due, though, and the sadness of a desolate countryside wracked by war is extant. In short, the history is real and well-shown.
Theme in a line: "Ideals are peaceful. History is violent." Spoken by Collier (Pitt) to Ellison (Lerman).
Comparisons: My brother's first question when we reached the end was whether I liked it better than other modern war films like Saving Private Ryan or We Were Soldiers. I had to answer no. While this was very powerful and I'm glad I watched it, I still don't think it topped any of my current favorites. That said, I think everyone should see it once, just to appreciate the message it's trying to get across. Be warned, though, they don't skimp on the gore or the tragedy, and parts of it are very hard to watch, in the way of WWII films.
Has anyone else seen Fury? What did you think of it?