My husband and I watched the movie “Fury” on Directv and it was an excellent portrayal of war; all of the ugly, scary parts of war. The setting was perfect; rainy, grey and muddy throughout the entire movie. I don’t think that I noticed any blue sky at all. At the end of the movie I felt worn and tired even though I didn’t do anything. The director David Ayer also wrote the movie and I think that he created a portrait of World War II that needed to be seen because that war has long been romanticized and I think that even if we define a war as just, we should never ever forget the horror and the ugliness that by necessity originates in war.
I couldn’t help but put myself in the tank with the youngest soldier, who was all of eighteen and had only been in the war eight weeks, sitting on my couch with Jack curled up on my lap, I was thinking that “okay, I have had enough now, I don’t want to do this anymore” Those poor soldiers who spent years fighting the Germans from Africa, France, Belgium and finally in Germany herself and still the Germans wouldn’t quit; they didn’t have my luxury of turning off the war.
That took me to the recent wars that we have had, Iraq and Afghanistan and our poor soldiers who have faced three, four, five deployments and I don’t know how they do it.
There was one of the last scenes, where a German sniper took aim and fatally shot Brad Pitt who would not go down without a fight and I couldn’t help but think of “American Sniper” and the blowback that Michael Moore received when he tweeted about how his uncle had been killed by a sniper during World War II and he was taught that snipers were cowards. Well in this movie the sniper who killed our “hero” Brad Pitt was the enemy and I could see where Michael Moore was coming from and the context of his family’s experience.
I hate war. You would think that humanity after thousands of years would have evolved by now and it is so disappointing that we have not.