Take a Drink: every time you see the name “Fury”.
Do a Shot: for every major death.
Do a Shot: every time Norman acts like a little bitch.
Pour One Out: for every tank lost in battle.
By: Frankie B. (Two Beers) –
When I first saw the trailer for this movie I was instantly hooked. Brad Pitt in a gritty World War II movie, take my money. Having Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, and Jason Isaacs co-star, double take my money. The real kicker was having David Ayer, director of End of Watch, on writer/director duties. Hopefully the movie industry takes note and starts making more of these gritty war movies.
Fury follows a five man tank crew in the 2nd Armored Division of the US Army. The crew consists of Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt), Boyd “Bible” Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Pvt. Norman “Machine” Ellison, Trini “Gordo” Garcia (Michael Pena), and Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis (Jon Bernthal). The group attempts to acclimate newbie “Machine” to the horrors of war, while also completing mission after mission. They are constantly outmanned and outgunned, can they survive this war in one piece?
There have been a ton of movies that have been considered “perfectly cast”, and Fury would be able to give any of those a run for their money in the casting department. Brad Pitt gives an awesome performance, not his best, but it will still be one of the best performances that you will see this year. He showcases his range by playing a man who is battle hardened leader, strict disciplinarian, and a father figure. Dude is a total BAMF, that is what you really need to know about him in this one. The supporting characters each have their moment to shine and it brings a depth to each of the characters that you usually don’t see in a typical war movie. Jon Bernthal is crazy annoying and grating when you first see him, but he really does grow throughout the course of the movie.
The true star of the show in this one has to be Shia LaBeouf. He is generally the most annoying actor in any movie that he appears in, and the only real “performance” I’ve seen him give is in Disturbia. He absolutely steals every scene that he is in and shows that he definitely has the ability to dominate the screen, he just needs to stop acting like an asshole in public. It is beyond me why he feels the need to destroy his public image on a fairly regular basis. Just stop acting in Michael Bay movies, and the public will probably start to love you again. Bring back that lovable little scamp we fell in love with from Even Stevens.
The action in this movie is different from anything I’ve seen in a World War II movie. It is both extremely close quarters action (in the tank), and long-range in the tank/infantry scenes. Gritty and brutal are just two of the words that could describe the action, as the director does not shy away from showcasing the horrors of war. Death is dealt in a flurry of bullets and tank shells. The tank showdown between the US Sherman tank and a German Panzer is one of the more memorable battle scenes in recent memory.
I love seeing David Ayer work with a great cast and solid cast. It is like magic happening before your very eyes. End of Watch is probably my favorite movie of the past five years, and this movie definitely had elements of what made that movie special. Please give this man a solid superhero script and cat. Oh wait, that might actually already be happening.
On a side note, they say “fuck” a ton in this movie. I’m not sure how often it was used back in the forties, apparently it was a lot. Makes me think of the “greatest generation” a little differently.
This is easily one of the best movies that I have seen this year, and will definitely be in the running this upcoming awards season. Should you see this movie? Yes. Will you enjoy it? More than likely. Will it make you love Shia LaBeouf again? Definitely.