Yesterday my son Nigel and I went to see "Fury" for my fifth, his second time. We went to the 10am showing at the Kendig Square theater in Willow Street, PA. This is where movies go when they have run their course in the big chain theaters. Our tickets were $2.50 each and we were half of the people in the theater.
Nigel focused on the the "surprise" events in the movie. The first thing Nigel said after we left was that his brother "Jacari would hate this." Jacari does not like war movies and really does not like horror movies. Cartoons and comedies make him happy. Nigel pointed out several of the times when everything was calm and then someone dies horribly.
For me, I focused on Shia LeBouef, known in the movie as "Bible." LeBouef does the best portrayal of a Believer in the Army I have ever seen. The banter about his faith was perfect. Wardaddy asks, "Can Jesus save Hitler." Bible says if Hitler cries out to the Lord in faith and repents of his sins, he will be saved. Bible gives the serious answer knowing that that Wardaddy, Coon-Ass and Gordo are busting on him. He says, "You know where I stand." And he means it, but he can also take the jokes and join in.
So many other Believers are shown as wooden, or vile. Bible sits apart and reads his tattered Testament when Gordo and Coon-Ass get laid in the tank. But Bible is angry later when Wardaddy and Norman are off by themselves with two German women. Bible does not want the pretty German girl as do Gordo and Coon-Ass, but Bible does not want to be left out when they are sharing real food and a clean place.
Bible tears up and his words catch in his throat when he knows he is going to die, but he remains brave and faithful to the end.
I love this movie more each time I see it.
Fourth time watching Fury
Faith in Fury