I was hesitant to watch this even though everyone has been raving about it for the past week or so. War movies are one of the hardest to ace, in my opinion, without offering the predictable and the overdone.
But to my pleasant surprise, Fury had depth and, with a stellar cast, tugged at my heartstrings and left me in tears by the end of it.
The movie brings the audience back to 1945, Germany. As the war is finally coming to an end, army sergeant Wardaddy leads a tank and a five-man crew on a mission with hopes of winning the war. Dangerously outnumbered, outgunned and out of time, they have to make the decision that they never wanted to – placing their lives right on the line.
Hmm, the storyline was pretty predictable in the sense that you will have a general idea of how the entire movie will end, which character will die first as well as the stereotypical war personalities one can find in almost all kinds of war movies.
But what really saved it and made it worth watching was definitely the level of acting – physicality, emotional depth and nuances of facial expressions, voice control as well as tension of the body. They were all subtle, detailed and carried out with great consideration to make the reactions as realistic as possible (in the given context).
Special mentions go out to Brad Pitt and Shia LeBeouf for having such strong presence from beginning to end and building on the intensity of the journey even during scenes of total silence. They left very strong impressions and their performances got me emotionally involved – in a good way.
Besides that, I quite enjoyed the cinematography even though it definitely was not perfect. It would have been way better if more attention was given to the details of panning shots as well as the realism of it all. The most obvious example would be the ending shot of dead German soldiers in the mud.
They were too neat, too clean and totally off the roads even though I am pretty sure that was not the case during the previous scenes leading up to this. Well.
But well, the whole movie was visually stimulating nonetheless and a provoking watch. There were many memorable quotes as well as questions that served as food for thought.
My favourite quote, “Ideal is peaceful. History is violent.”
I was just so glad that I left the cinema with many conflicting emotions as well as thoughts and perspectives instead of just mere tears on my tired face. This is easily the best movie I have caught this entire month of October.
I might just watch it again.