Cinema Society showed a screening this morning of the new WWII movie starring Brad Pitt, and I actually skipped it.
I know, right? A Brad Pitt movie that I didn’t care much about seeing? It was hard for me to believe too, but there it is. I’m not a huge fan of war movies, not because of the violence but because they can be too straight-forward and simplistic, in the same way that cop movies can, and the reviews I read for “Fury” only confirmed my thinking.
Michael went though and reported the following: “Good call on your part. You didn’t miss much.”
Yes, Brad was excellent, he said, but there was nothing special about the story, which I’ll let the studio describe:
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
I feel a little guilty about missing the screening because the writer-director, David Ayer, had come for the Q&A session afterward, but hey. I got a lot of writing done during those two hours. I’m learning that I don’t have to sit through every movie or read every book, and the notion is liberating. That said, our Cinema Society has some fabulous films coming up and I can’t wait to go to those screenings. We’re getting such festival darlings as “Birdman,” “The Theory of Everything,” “The Imitation Game” and “Mr. Turner.” And that’s just between now and Thanksgiving. December is a big month for Oscar contenders too.
Meanwhile, here’s the trailer for “Fury.” Good cast. Reasonable premise. But if I’m seeing a WWII movie, I’ll take “Inglourious Basterds” and its dark humor any day.