Brad Pitt is arguably one of the best working actors out there with a strong filmography to go with it. Recently it’s become rare to see a Brad Pitt in theaters and the last couple of projects have been either a hit or miss with audiences but critically acclaimed. The same goes for Fury. Fury has a lot of good things going for it but there are a lot of things holding it from true greatness.
David Ayer made a name for himself with his Training Day script but his director career had been lackluster till End of Watch. Ayer’s big issue he tends to bring so many ideas but never takes them anywhere. Case in point, Logan Lerman’s character, Norman. starts off as character who’s reluctant to take part in war and all of a sudden he enjoys killing Nazis. It’s a drastic change and we don’t return to Lerman’s humanity till the very end of the movie. The second half of the film takes a documentary feel that happens to have an epic climax.The first half of the film worked so well because there was a narrative.
The signature dialogue moments between the characters are still prominent throughout the film but they teach us nothing new. It’s just quotes and random stories to prove the characters lived tragic lives. Any competent person watching would know that already because it’s a war film! No one is going to be happy or having a good time! All we get is hollow war archetypes that spit out random dialogue. It’s just really bad writing and takes the audience out of the film.
Thankfully Ayer has a talented cast to bring the mediocre script to life. Jon Bernthal has proven himself to be a rising star and he plays the bad boy Coon very well. One of the highlights from the supporting cast. Michael Pena also does well, a tad more aggressive than his usual performances. Shia Labeouf & Logan Lerman are some of the biggest surprises. Both actors are not particularly known for their acting skills but they shine very well in Fury. That’s one of the things Ayer excels at. He knows how to craft the best performances from his cast. He even managed to help Arnold Schwarzenegger give a strong performance in Sabotage. Lastly the main lead of the film, Brad Pitt, cannot be forgotten. Brad is a phenomenal actor so for him to give a valuable performance shouldn’t be a shock. It’s been a long time since we got a dramatic leading performance from him and it’s good to see him again on the big screen. For those worried that Brad Pitt’s Don Collier might be similar to Aldo Raine from Inglorious Basterds, don’t be. Aldo Raine is a completely different character than Don Collier. Don Collier might be even more interesting. Like previously mentioned before we don’t get the dialogue moments necessary to truly understand the characters but Pitt’s silent scenes are enough to understand his character.
Now the script might have been weak and the lack of story is frustrating but we’re still getting positive things. Ayer’s direction isn’t as weak as the script. Most war films have that big budget blockbuster feel but Fury doesn’t. It’s much more reserved and beautiful. At times very peaceful. It’s a quiet film but when it comes to the action sequences the sound immerses you. The action sequences do feel bland at certain times but the suspense is there. And not to forget Steven Price’s stunning emotional score on his third solo outing. It’s one of the highlights of the movie and Price is surely making a name for himself.
Would I Recommend?
Fury is an aggravating film. It does many things right but it does many things wrong at the same time. l. The lack of a solid story and poor writing holds it back from being a great movie and it’s sad to see great performances be wasted on a weak script. Brad Pitt shines and should be heavily considered in Oscar talks. Fury is one of the better movies of the year but not top 10 material. It’s beautiful film that brings nothing to new to the table. It’s just another movie saying what many other war movies have already said. Fury is worth a watch to anyone who is a fan of the genre or a fan of the cast but it might leave you disappointed. It’s a love it or hate it film. Overall Fury is a decent venture that could have been so much more.