As always I’m usually able to check out a good movie every once in a while and this weekend was no exception. Every once in a while you run into a movie like Fury that from trailers looks as if it could either be hit or miss. You’re not sure because the story could either be incredibly cliche or hit the eyes well.
I can gladly say however, that Fury does hit the right notes and as a result becomes one of the better war movies made in this century and possibly in the last few years. There were few of course that have tried to reach the same heights of historical authenticity and look while still conveying the comradeship and sacrifice and heroism of its soldiers on display such as Fly Boys in (2006), Enemy at the Gates (2001), U-571 (2000), and of course the now older Saving Private Ryan (1997). On that list however, besides Saving Private Ryan most World War Two movies carry with them flaws.
Either within the acting or within the sets themselves there are subtle minor details that give away its modernity or the feelings conveyed are simply not true. Still, if there is one thing that could be said of Fury is that it keeps in character preciously while allowing the Tank itself with its crew come to life. While the crew itself has been praised quite a bit various critics have said that certain actors either Shia Lebouf or Pitt deserve the praise for their performances. But the crew is a crew, not a one man show. Take out one piece of that crew and it falls apart dynamically on screen which is why as a whole it is impressive seeing that even though each character has their roles they keep pace so well with each other and is a testament to their chemistry. None the less there are some moments where each stands out and certain scenes that put a great touch on the entire feeling of the battlefield particularly when they aren’t fighting such as in the Town scenes.
While some war movies try to grind you down or in the case of the better ones bombast you with severely emotional losses Fury focuses on a different kind of loss being retained in the loss of humanity. There are moments in movies when you sometimes want to show the ideas at work but other times it is better not to show and better to simply to tell to allow the human imagination to take shape. None more so than when Gord begins his soliloquey on horses. It is a moment that really breaks the peace that they were trying to concoct of some form before heading out again.
Besides the actual story points the special effects in this movie are incredible. Particularly the battle scenes let the modern special effects and practical and real effects meshed together shine. It was also nice seeing the battle with the Tiger Tank which was a nice addition as well. Still, if you are a historian at heart and enjoy the conflicts of man in detail you will most assuredly enjoy fury.
The compelling realization of war combined with the amazing chemistry between the actors blends together to make while not a necessarily new experience but definitely one that stands above those with similarities.
For this I give it a 8.5/10