My Movie Grading: A
Peter Sobczynski of Roger Ebert.com put his review of the film best saying the following:
"Although many commentators will no doubt immediately compare the new WW II epic "Fury" to Quentin Tarantino's brilliant "Inglourious Basterds," largely because both films star Brad Pitt as a heavily-scarred, drawling Army man leading his men in a quest to kill as many Nazis as possible, it is actually closer in tone to a straightforward and un-ironic guys-on-a-mission tale along the lines of "The Dirty Dozen" or "Where Eagles Dare," with a heavy dollop of gruesome bloodletting depicting the true horrors of armed conflict that have been de rigueur for the war movie genre in the wake of "Saving Private Ryan." It may sound like an interesting approach for a modern war film, but it doesn't take long to realize that writer-director David Ayer has spent more time adding flesh to his battlefield sequence than he has in fleshing out the screenplay. The end result, while technically impressive, is a dramatically bloodless affair, despite the gallons of gore on display."
For me, Fury is one of the first war movies that I would consider watching again. It definitely was not as harsh and gory as "Saving Private Ryan" but gave me a similar feel as "K-9:The Widow Maker" in the sense that most of the film takes place in this tiny little tank with not much space to move around and no real way to escape if your hit by an explosive. I usually do not like War movies as I feel most of them have the same ending where the heroins die a gruesome and sad death - which this one did but it was more touching how they died that made appreciate the film so much more. Towards the middle of the film it becomes more touching as the group finally start to work together with Norman (who is new to the group) and from there they kick ass. There are so many awesome action scenes and lots of awesome effects. One of the more touching issues with this was that 5 men held off a battalion of more than 200 SS agents with a broken down tank is more than just what I would think is a impossible feat but they did it and they did it well. The film features lots of well known Hollywood faces including - Brad Pitt as US Army S/Sgt. Don "Wardaddy" Collier, Shia LeBeouf as T/5 Boyd "Bible" Swan, Michael Pena as Cpl. Trini "Gordo" Garcia, Jon Bernthal as Pfc. Grady "Coon-Ass" Travis and Logan Lerman as Pvt. Norman "Machine" Ellison.
That's my take,