Set in World War II, as the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
My thoughts on the film
Pop quiz – What does Fury, The Imitation Game (November 21st) and Unbroken (December 25th) have in common? World War II. What does Fury and Unbroken have in common? They both have something to do with arguably the most powerful couple in Hollywood; one stars Brad Pitt and the other is directed by his wife, Angelina Jolie. Alright, enough with the questions. Fury has beaten the punch in what is to be a World War II themed next couple of months, but will it hold the number 1 spot? What if Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken take the helm, could you imagine the trash talking between the two? Sorry, I was supposed to stop asking questions.
There are a lot of things that Fury delivers on, whether it’s the cast, the action or the story, but for the starters, director David Ayer did a great job with Fury. David Ayer might not be a well-known director yet, but he should be. I thought his last film, End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, was great.
That same Michael Pena also starred in Fury, alongside Brad Pitt, Jon Bernthal, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman. This might come across as some favoritism, but I absolutely love the cast. We all love Brad Pitt, but there’s no love lost for Jon Bernthal, Michael Pena and yes, even Shia LaBeouf. Look, a lot of people might not like Shia LaBeouf due to Transformers or just for any reason in general, and aside from him apparently not showering for months so he could really get into the role (yes, it’s true), he was still great in Fury. No, I did not forget about Logan Lerman, who to most, will not recognize, unless you’ve seen Percy Jackson. But, I thought Logan Lerman did a fantastic job as he plays a big part, rather secondary to the main storyline.
As much as I love to see action overload, I thoroughly enjoyed the balance in Fury with the character development and the strategy that led to the action. As I mentioned, Logan Lerman played a secondary role to the storyline and of all the characters, he becomes the most developed, but that’s not to say the others don’t get any love. They each have their own paths and you get an understanding as to why they have become who they are.
Fury might not be on the level of Saving Private Ryan, but it’s certainly close. It’s an old-fashioned war film that has the perfect amount of storytelling and action to bring it all together.
Fury comes out October 17th.