Fury, with Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf & Logan Lerman. Director, David Ayer. The film is an absolute hit, in my book. Contrary to naysayers; last week, before general release, who slammed it as not having a plot & for being too grisly. It’s a war film, set in the last couple of months before Germany’s defeat. It’s violent. It’s war. It was reality. I don’t know what is so hard to understand about this concept.
No, it’s not a big caper, with laughing troopers, on a daring rescue. No, it’s not about a crack team, scaling cliffs in order to knock out a secret Nazi installation. It is set in the hard slog through an enemy’s country, in order to kill the enemy & win a war that’s taken a toll on everyone.
Pitt is superb in this, as a tank commander, in charge of rough men. I saw more emotion & talent in him, in this movie, than I’ve ever seen previously. He pushed it & I think he won. He effectively brought emotion & the evils of the war, to the foreground. Always liked him; but never before, until now, have I seen him stretch this far, earning his stripes as the big star that he’s already achieved.
LaBeouf was a detriment to the film. However; not enough to ruin anything. His continued awkwardness & lack of any real, believable talent is shameful. It’s a good thing that the rest of the cast, including young Lerman, picked up the slack. More than compensating for the empty hole, that was LaBeouf’s performance.
The film itself is a blockbuster, giant in every way. I actually think that it was rather tame, for a war film. Standard. Certainly not as gory as a zombie movie. The special effects were outstanding. The supporting cast, each fabulous in their own characters & effort to portray tired men, in a bad situation.
Though it’s easy to attack a big star, like Pitt; because some think that any movie that he’s in, is somehow not as creative or innovative as independents or lesser actors – it’s just an ignorant thing to do. Petty & stupid to sit in judgment on a big name, without a valid reason.
I recommend the film. I applaud the work that was done to achieve such realism & spectacular special effects. Depictions of real men, without effeminate melodrama, should always be appreciated.
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