Opening October 17 – WWII Tank Film ‘Fury’ with Brad Pitt

Saw this trailer a month or so ago and was left underwhelmed by it.  However, just seeing it again today, the trailer is not quite as lethargic as my first impression indicated.

I’ll let you be the judge…

“Fury” does have several landmines to avoid as it opens in theaters later this Fall (October 17); the most notable hurdle will be the easy comparisons to the more recent blockbuster WWII movie benchmark “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) and the epic HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” (2001).  Today’s audiences will remember these great productions–and that poses a difficult bar to clear for “Fury”.

Likewise, an overused sub-plot involving a young soldier unwilling to initially engage in the fight has been hammered home to moviegoers.  Additionally, many of the Brad Pitt quotes come across in the trailer as mere clichés, spoken so slowly that only a handful of fine actors can deliver them with believability (like Clint Eastwood). Lastly, I’m not sure what America’s taste will be for war films in 2 months when the movie opens if real fighting continues to escalate and deteriorate in the numerous hotspots around the world.  We will have to see.

Maybe my WWII European-theater Army movie bias is too strong in favor of the best of the best; “Patton” (1970), which earned 7 Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and “The Dirty Dozen” (1967)–which the American Film Institute ranked #65 in their “100 Years…100 Thrills” list of the top 100 suspense/thriller movies in American cinema since 1901.

But truthfully, I’m more excited to see Mrs. Brad Pitt’s film on Christmas Day…Angelina’s movie looks fantastic.

‘Fury’ opens October 17th.  Thoughts?  Excitement?  Or crickets.

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