I had wanted to watch this film for a while but there were many reasons for putting it off…
One reason being, “Ugh, another WWII movie where Americans rush in to save the day!” You know, revisionist’s history and all that. But, Mr. Shanannigans and I were at a loose end and nothing else looked good on Netflix, so we decided to give it a try.
1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan, Trini ‘Gordo’ Garcia and Grady ‘Coon-Ass’ Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way.
Director: David Ayer
Rating/ Runtime: R- 2hr 14
As I mentioned, I had reservations about watching yet another WWII movie. The other reason, and the most important is that my father-in-law was a blameless German child, forced to suffer for a myriad of reasons during the War and my husband and I really despise films that glorify the war in any kind of way. But, we both really like Brad Pitt and decided to give it a chance.
Fury starts off a bit slow, but soon picks up and delivers a fairly accurate portrayal of the time period after D-Day when Hitler and his regime had fallen but had not quite stopped fighting. The horrific time period where the Nazis forced children into battle under pain of death. Fury offers a horrific depiction and it is gut-wrenching. (Warning: Fury is not for the faint of heart.) It is one of the rare films that show some of the plight that innocent Germans had to endure, and according to Hubby, who studied history in University and from what little his father has shared, it is disturbingly accurate.
There is still a hint of the “Merica, fuck ya!” mentality, but only slightly and the many Canadian, French , English etc… whose lives were lost during battle were mentioned as well. Not enough in this viewer’s opinion, but at least the movie doesn’t depict American allies as the only country who helped defeat Hitler.
Brad Pitt was excellent and I very much enjoyed Logan Lerman‘s performance. I didn’t care for Jon Bernthal (AKA Shane from The Walking Dead) but the rest of the cast made up for it. Fury being a war movie, was graphic and violent but not as gratuitous as some. Just enough to evoke disgust, abhorrence and empathy.
I enjoyed the film and I would recommend Fury to people who appreciate world history and aren’t necessarily looking for just a blow’em up movie. FYI, I’m not anti-American, just the glorification of war.