As someone who was lucky enough to have spent some time on the film as an extra, collects US WW2 militaria, and is a film maker for a living, I will try and give my honest review of the movie without too many spoilers and talk of the merits of the film production, rather than individual scenes, so as not to spoil it for anyone.
Despite being part of the battalion scene at the start of the movie. I had little knowledge of how the rest of the film would play out script wise, and tried to avoid any plot hints, to get the maximum impact. I was not disappointed.
The sets were incredible, and really made me feel like I was in that last stretch of occupied Germany. The film clearly showed the fruits of much hard work by the set designers and lots of painstaking research from the production team. Having only seen the battalion set in person (which in itself was absolutely gobsmacking) and Going by the set/prop/wardrobe-to-screen time ratio for that's scene, I'd hazard a guess that there was plenty more that wasn't seen but was still there.
All of the sets were filled with thousands of high quality props, that collectors such as ourselves can be assured, fit in seamlessly and authentically.
This is coupled with hundreds of well costumed extras both military and civilian, adding feelings of unease and tension, which made me constantly question wether or not the next refugee may be a panzerfaust wielding fanatic, or a helpless German caught up the chaos of war. A feeling I'm sure crossed the mind of many a GI at that point.
Sound design was first class, although, at some points I did find certain bits of dialogue hard to hear. But maybe that was my picture house. I would also have expected a bit more "engine loudness" on the interior shots when fury was really gunning it, but I've never driven in a Sherman before so it may be quieter!
I especially liked the foley sounds created for the tiger/AT shells as they whiz zed past or would ricochet. And also the ticking sound of fury from the interior as she cools down as well as all of the squeaks/groans and clanks that you get climbing in and on a Sherman. (I did it for my week on set). Very interesting to see the com record being done through a real radio. Love that touch fellas.
Cinematography was beautiful and unique. The DP(s)did a great job with the atmospheric lighting, especially at the end of the film (nicely matched with the interior shots filmed separately, where lots of dynamic light is leaking through the periscopes/view ports).
Lots of nice silhouettes and "the fog of war" adding to the tension and uneasy feelings and a grimy, desaturated look throughout.
The latitude and contrast of the film this was shot on is clear and stunning. Glad to see someone still using this format to its full potential.
Amazing contrast between beautiful external wide shots, the frame filled with massive hulking machines or vast landscapes covered in the materiel and personnel of war. Paired with claustrophobic interiors. Almost portrait like shots, with war daddy framed seemingly atop a throne in his turret.
VFX, also did a great job on things like the tracers, impacts, deaths etc. very convincing stuff that didn't seem over the top.
Character dynamics are echoed by what everyone else has said. Incredible acting, and really conveys what these guys were going through on many personal levels. I really love the relationship between war daddy's character and the other crewmen in fury, how he is somewhat of a father figure. I thought the breakfast scene did a lot to develop them all, and demonstrated not just their possessiveness over him, but a devout loyalty to him.
All in all, I really enjoyed this movie and appreciate the sheer scale of what went into having been there for a small time (best job I ever had).
My girlfriend came along to see it, and she HATES (fears), war movies. She loved it.
Well done to all involved.
Oh and I made the cut. This grainy screenshot will do until the blu ray is released