The film rumbled into theaters this weekend and blew away the competition, earning $23.5 million to claim the No. 1 spot at the box office.
The amount is more than respectable for an R-rated war movie not really suited for children and young teens. What’s more the critics love it.
The movie has scored an 80 percent rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks movie reviews.
Most critics have praised it for its brutal and unsentimental portrait of war. But Peter Howell, a critic for the Toronto Star came closest to unearthing the movie’s flaws.
“Attention to details give Fury heft and value,” he wrote “…but Ayer seems to lose his resolve in two scenes that are straight out of a Sgt. Fury Marvel Comics episode, or maybe a Hollywood script rewrite.”
World War II historians, tank warfare experts and World War II veterans would likely agree the movie is more fanciful than fact.
The movie’s biggest strength is its depiction of the fighting.
In the final month of the war, many Germans fought fanatically against advancing allied armies and atrocities occurred on both sides.
The Allies lost nearly 1,800 tanks in April. Although there are rules of war, as Wardaddy aptly summed up: “Ideals are peaceful; history is violent.”
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