Fury Review ★★★★
(From the Vault)
I have started this new thing, rewatching films I own and trust me, I own alot. I had to have a long look to find the perfect film to start this off. I settled on the fantastic war film fury directed by David Ayer and starring Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Michael Pena, Logan Lerman and Jon Bernthal.
This film is possibly my favourite war film of recent times. As some of you guys might know, I have a degree and a masters degree in History so these films all grab my attention. The reason why I think this film in particular is great, is the way it portrays war. Now, don’t get me wrong, it does dramatize some events as you would come to expect in a Hollywood war movie, however what I find refreshing in this film is how Ayer does not glorify war. Not once in this do you sit and think “did a recruitment team help with this film?” It’s dark, brutal and human. Now I have never been to war but I have studied a vast amount on both the first and second world war, and this film gives me the correct feel of the situation at hand.
One of the best things about this film is the cast, there was a lot of talk about the behind the scenes of this film due to the cast being told to fight with each other and shia pulling out his teeth. Although this sounds drastic, it really helps with the chemistry between the cast which is fantastic amazing natural feelings between all of them but the stand outs for me are the two main characters, Pitt and Lerman. Pitts role of the grizzeled all American Sergeant is great he leads this tank crew into many battles and they all will follow him to the end. One moment in particular towards the start of the film, this might be considered a spoiler, he takes himself to the side to collect himself because God forbid the crew would see him being weak in front of them, I thought this short scene was fantastic as once again this hero type is brought back to a human level. As I said the other standout for me is Lermans he is the stereotypical ‘flesh of the boat Private’. His character not only guides us through this film but we see how war effects everyone, he goes from being this scared and frightened young man to someone who will take a life just because he’s on the other side of the war due to the things that he witnesses through the movies run.
The visuals in this film are amazing, great action pieces in the tank warfare. The cinematography of the bleak German landscape and then the practical and CGI death effects are somewhat too realistic and without spoiling anything, the final 20 mins is a spectacle of emotions and stunning visual effects.
WOULD I RECOMMEND:
Well if you couldn’t tell by now yes, if you’re after a more grounded Saving Private Ryan Esc film then this is for you. Please feel free to let me know what you thought, even if you didn’t like it. Would love to discuss.