Fury

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I was quite looking forward to this one.  A gritty looking WWII film starring Brad Pitt sounded quite promising.  And it’s not bad.  I just didn’t think it was that good, either.  I can’t really be bothered to summarise the plot, so instead here’s what they say on the good old IMDB

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened Army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered, out-gunned, 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.  IMDB

The costumes and sets are all good, there are some decent action set pieces and some surprising plot points.  For some reason though, I just didn’t think much of it.  I didn’t really care about the characters.  I didn’t like how the gun shots looked like lasers.  The major set piece was annoying.  Wardaddy’s actions go against everything we’ve learnt about him during the rest of the film.  It doesn’t seem to fit.

It gets bonus points for having Shia LaBeouf though, because it means I can share this again.

Score: 6/10

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30 responses to “Fury

  1. It seems people love this or hate it. I have yet to see it. It’s probably hard for you to get into simply b/c it’s kind of hard to take Brad Pitt seriously in roles like this; it’s not that he’s not a good actor, but society has coined him such a megastar it’s hard to imagine him in dire situations and he kind of comes across like Brad Pitt merely imitating a character in a dire situation. Of course that’s what all actors do, but once you reach a certain status in the world, it’s going to be harder to take that person serious in certain roles.

    • I really disagree! Sorry Gary. I think Brad Pitt is a wonderful actor who immerses himself in any role he plays. I never think of him as the “big Hollywood actor” I just think of him as the character he’s playing. Sorry not being argumentative, I just really like him – he’s one of my favourite actors and ironically I think its roles like this where he shines the most. I mean, in a dire film like World War Z he does seem more “Brad Pitt the famous actor” but when he’s playing someone a bit rough or gritty I think he shines.

      • Don’t apologize for disagreeing! I love to debate film. You can disagree as much as you want. 🙂 I do think Brad Pitt is a talented actor. I just have a hard time taking him serious, sometimes. When Laura said “For some reason I couldn’t get into it” then I offered the explanation that it may be b/c it can be hard to take Brad Pitt seriously in certain roles, which is a reason I have yet to check out this film. I have heard some good things about it. I’ve also heard bad things. So, I don’t know. It’s good you don’t think of him as a mega hollywood actor, etc. but over the last 10-15 years, the media (at least here in the US) make him out to be like a god, or something. lol. All the hype becomes distracting when he does a movie. So, just knowing how pampered and adored he is just makes it hard for me to take him serious in a role where he’s risking his life for others and where his life is at stake. And it’s not even his fault, as he actually seems to be a pretty humble person in real-life; it’s the media and how they portray him and make him out to be bigger than life. That’s just how I feel. But I am not against seeing “Fury”. I may see it eventually.

      • Haha that’s pretty funny, when they were making Fury they were in the UK a lot and the media reports on Brad Pitt’s Cornish pasty habit were daily!!!!!

      • I know it shouldn’t matter but it took me a while to stop thinking about the whole Aniston-Joile business.

      • It does kind of matter sometimes, I know what you mean. It’s nice when people you admire are good, decent people? Like Kevin Bacon, I think he’s been married to his wife for 30 years or so. Just makes you think awww he so nice!

      • I love Keanu Reeves. Have you read all the stories about him being the nicest guy in Hollywood?

  2. That Shia LeBeouf video is…………..amazing.

    Shame you didn’t enjoy this as much Laura! It does have a great premise (and cast) and I love movies about ‘bravery’ and fighting against the odds. Just maybe not quite as good as it could have been?
    Great review anyway!

    Apparently that nutter (Shia) pulled out a tooth to get into character?!

    • Really? Has he gone all method because nobody takes him seriously? Good luck!

      That’s about the best video around, isn’t it?

      I was really disappointed with Fury, it was somehow just less than the sum of its parts.

  3. Dear fn,

    I really liked this thing but I don’t watch a bunch of war movies. Sorry you didn’t care for it much….

    Yours,

    ei

    • Dear ei,
      I thought it was bleurgh and that whole end bit was SO STUPID. Glad you liked it though. I’d rather watch Platoon again. But we got to see Shia again, so it’s not all bad.
      Yours,
      fn

      • Dear fn,

        I can’t argue about the stupid ending but I thought the rest was pretty good. I wish I could pull off Pitt’s hairdo.

        #myhairissofuckingstringy

        Love and Hairdos,

        ei

  4. Yeah…. I’m not really bothered about EVER watching this since I hate war movies. Except for the ones I love, like The Great Escape & The Bridge On The River Kwai. And Full Metal Jacket is okay. And Platoon. And The Deer Hunter. But, for the most part, screw war movies! Except the good ones. 🙂

    • I can see why some people might like it, it just didn’t do anything for me. Horses for courses, I s’pose.

  5. I’m a little unsure about David Ayer. I really hated the Schwarzenegger film he did, Contagion. It stank my living room out. Still haven’t had the chance to see this yet, not falling over myself to either.

    • Ha! I remember quite liking Contagion, although it’s pretty dark. Sabotage on the other hand… Yep…that was a stinker.

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