Fury Film Review.

Now I’m no war monger, but even I own a pair of camouflage combat shorts. I didn’t wear them to the Vue Cinema in Northampton though to watch Brad Pitt’s latest movie ‘Fury’, which is well worth a watch but not life changing. The film was written and directed by David Ayer, who’s previous efforts include End of Watch, Harsh Times and the excellent Training Day. All of these featured gritty takes on city life, so it was always going to be interesting to see how he was going to tackle a totally different movie genre.

Fury is set during World War II as Allied forces on the western front campaign aim to take control of Germany. Pitt plays the haggard tank commander ‘War Daddy’ who definitely leads his men from the front. His role is a not too dissimilar mix of Barnes and Elias in Platoon, and the similarity to that film continues with the lead ‘coming of age’ story.

Drafted in to join Pitt’s band of merry men is wet behind the ears newcomer Norman, who is excellently played by Logan Lerman. His role is pivotal in showing how war can change a person overnight, with War Daddy showing him exactly what he expects from his new recruit.

The film is not all blood and thunder though, with added scenes that show what goes on away from the battlefield as towns are taken. As with all big budget Hollywood blockbusters, there’s no major surprises in Fury. It’s well paced and has an excellent score that will keep you on the edge of your seat, particularly the last half an hour.

If you like Platoon and Inglourious Basterds, then you will love Fury. It doesn’t quite have the heart of Platoon though, but it’s still a real roller coaster of a film at times and the acting is good, though not great.

Will this film change your life? Absolutely not, but you’ll certainly have an enjoyable couple of hours watching War Daddy and his crew crash their way across Germany. You can even wear your combat shorts if you like, though we wouldn’t recommend it in this weather!

7/10

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