Honor. Glory. War. A Tank.
SYNOPSIS: A rookie soldier (Logan Lerman) is thrust into the five-man crew of Fury, a battle-hardened Sherman Tank led by army sergeant Wardaddy (Brad Pitt). The crew face enormous odds in their deadly mission behind enemy lines.
FULL REVIEW: CONTAINS SPOILERS
Bits I Loved
- Absolutely stunning visuals, felt like a classic war film.
- The dialogue, for the most part, sounded quite real for soldiers in war. Didn’t seem forced or out of character.
- Tackled the theme of psychological warfare perfectly, showed how quickly it can affect someone. Horrors of war.
- Visual effects were executed well for a war film. Costumes and art direction were great.
- Fantastic performances by Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf. Pleasantly surprised with Logan Lerman.
- Just the right amount of action for a tank platoon. Tanks are support, not front line troops. They wouldn’t experience as much action.
Bits I Hated
- Some of the editing didn’t seem necessary, specifically the superimposition. However some people would disagree, just a personal preference.
- Found that the characters were very one dimensional, archetypical. Although they were interesting, the characters didn’t receive the appropriate amount of depth or exploration. However, that being said I believe that was done to immerse us in the squad at the same level as Norman. We are just as naive as he is.
- The story was strong, but in the end didn’t bring anything new to the table.
When looking back at all the war films of the 20th century only a handful tackled tank warfare as a main part of the storyline. Fury is a claustrophobic war film focused on the psychological experiences and realities of war. A gritty, realistic representation of tank warfare, Fury delivers a strong story with phenomenal visuals and great action sequences. Although the characters lack real depth some of the actors deliver fantastic performances, notably Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman and Shia LaBeouf, who gave an oscar-nomination worthy performance.
One part that was disappointing to me was that Pitt’s Wardaddy wasn’t flushed out as a character. He was essentially the same character as Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan, yet he didn’t have a scene explaining his motives or his life back home. The only instance where any attempt is made to expand his character is during the scene where Wardaddy and Norman (Logan Lerman) visit two German women in a town they captured. In fact, none of the characters really got enough time to show their story and give them dimension outside of their archetypical use in the film. I suppose that is justifiable given the timeline of this story: the rookie being thrown into a platoon that has been together since the war started, where we are just as uninformed as he is. Although the characters aren’t as dynamic as we’d like they are likable and intriguing enough to carry the story.
Fury is not for the faint of heart, filled with gruesome scene after scene, but that is what is expected when you tackle the realistic side of war. With its unique tank-centric story, and the successful, recurring themes of psychological warfare Fury brings a war film enjoyable to any WWII or history enthusiast. Regardless of its lack of a groundbreaking story or dynamic characters Fury is certain to be a contender come awards season.
- Best Picture (Darkhorse)
- Best Supporting Actor – Shia LaBeouf (Darkhorse) (SNUB)
- Best Cinematography (Likely)
- Best Editing (Likely)
- Best Original Score (Likely)
- Best Production Design (Likely)
- Best Sound Mixing (Likely)
- Best Sound Editing (Likely)
Best Original Screenplay (Doubtful)
1 = Fair 2 = Good 3 = Very Good 4 = Excellent
★★★★ – Premise
★★★☆ – Story
★★★☆ – Characters
★★★☆ – Visual Effects
★★★☆ – Dialogue
★★★★ – Visuals
★★★★ – Soundtrack
★★★★★★★★★☆ 9/10 – Recommend
What did you think of Fury? Let me know in the comments!