Fury hit theaters this week and tells the story of War Daddy, Bible, Coon-Ass, Gordo, and newbie Norman (who hadn't earned a hip war name yet) and their trusty ole tank Fury during the last month of World War II.
Writer-director David Ayer said he wanted to steer away from creating a typical war movie (what he says is one which centers around a major event) and instead focus on the impact on the psyche of those fighting. Which he does beautifully. A majority of the tank crew have been fighting together for years and have seen things that thousands and thousands of PTSD therapy hours couldn't even begin to put a dent into.
Ayer also shows Germany at its most desperate. Throughout the last month of fighting, the country refused to surrender and we see the effect on its people: A woman cuts meat from a dead animal, children are given weapons to go out and fight, and citizens are hung in the streets over their refusal to join Axis powers. When Fury's crew says "Best job I ever had" what they are really saying is how the adrenaline rush of being alive is way better than being that pile of blood and guts.
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The movie doesn't rely on squeamish violence to carry it along. Which I like. It kind of begins with Brad Pitt stabbing a man through his eyeball, but that's pretty much the extent of the really gory gore from what I remember. The Bear Jew stayed home.
It is one of my favorite war movies, which according to Timeout's 'We count down the 50 greatest World War II movies with the aid of guest expert Quentin Tarantino', are something I know nothing about. I've seen three in the entire list.
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It was great. The acting, story, symbolism, and cinematography were all aces. Five stars and especial kudos to Shia who can go from weepy-face to laughy-face all while quoting the same Bible verse.