Movie Reviews: Mad Max Fury Road

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Mad Max Fury Road directed by George Miller

When I first heard that they were making a new Mad Max film, I honestly rolled my eyes. Hollywood is obsessed with sequels and franchise reboots and reimaginings of old stories and the first thought that came to mind was that the only way I would be interested is if they stayed true to the old movies and brought back Mel Gibson. Yes, I know what you are thinking, but come on, let’s move on. They are actors and I can separate a role and a personal life. What I wanted was something after Beyond Thunderdome because that was the movie I liked growing up.

Then I heard Mel Gibson wasn’t going to be in it. What?

I didn’t know what to expect, but part of me was a bit childish in protest. Recasting an iconic movie character from my childhood should be second nature these days, but I dismissed George Miller and his vision in protest.

Then I heard Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy were starring. Hmm … okay, this was interesting.

Then I caught the trailer for it … and it took 30 minutes to pick my jaw up from the floor. Holy damn shit. I was back on the George Miller bandwagon. The uncompromising art. The vision. The practical effects. He was going to blow away one of the greatest live action car chases ever done in the original Mad Max.

I was excited and pumped.

When I finally saw it, the first 30 minutes blew me away. This was a director who had enough creative control to make whatever he wanted. Fast forward shots. No narration or dumb-ass prologue. Keep the audience as confused as Tom Hardy was. Make the villain one ugly ass motherfucker with henchman looking weird as fuck. Then give him a harem of beautiful women and imagine what the hell he was doing. Demographics be damned, George Miller showed us what good storytelling is. Movies are a cross between stunning visuals movements, special effects, sound, scores, acting, costume design, cinematography, and writing. Could you imagine the storyboards for this movie?

George Miller looking over to his set designer, “Yeah mate, I’m gonna need you to make an air guitar flamethrower.”

Set Designer slowly raises his eyes, “Say what George?”

George wiggles his round spectacles and smiles. “And I need a red onesie and solid straps to mount Coma the Doof Warrior on the hood, since the vehicle will be moving, of course.”

Thank you to the studios that financed the film. Thank you to the actors for starring in it and putting up with what must have been a difficult shoot. (Lots of fighting on set in the desert between actors and the director) Thank you or Charlize Theron for shaving your head and showing what a strong woman can do on screen. This is a strong role. Not Sandra Bullock in The Blindside, not Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook, and not Brie Larson in Room. Charlize Theron should have won another Oscar. She owned this role. Furiosa is iconic and will be remembered in 20 years while nobody will remember any of the weak roles women get nominated for.

Do you want to know how to empower women in film? When there is a big box office film directed by a legend, and the woman is the moral ground and action hero, constantly tries to sacrifice herself saving other women, and wins the day and the movie audience supports it by buying a shit ton of tickets, then nominate her for an Academy Award, because she did the impossible. It’ll help other actresses demand similar roles and producers wanting to greenlight real empowering films for women.

Movie Rating: 10/10 Sexy Women locked up in a chamber

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4 thoughts on “Movie Reviews: Mad Max Fury Road

  1. I agree with…well, pretty much everything here. As a woman who loves action movies (esp. the Mad Max movies), I was thrilled to see Charlize Theron be as tough as Max ever was, yet a very unique character in so many other ways. And Tom Hardy’s Max was not weakened by her strength, nor resentful of it. The two of them fit perfectly in this movie. Also, no one ever mentions Nicholas Hoult as Nux, but I liked his complexity – he wasn’t the typical murderous-to-the-point-of-cartoonish bad guy. Creepy-looking, violent, more than a little “off”? You bet. But somehow Hoult made him almost endearing. Ya know…in his own way. LOL

    Anyway, the non-stop action was riveting, Charlize Theron definitely deserved her Oscar nom, and the movie carried on the tradition of Mad Max and never let it down.

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    • I tend to just spew out my opinions, and didn’t extend enough to the cast. I think the stuntmen need to be applauded as well. From what I read, it was a very tough shoot in the hot sun, with everyone tested to their limits. I think movies don’t have to be tropes; characters don’t have to fit a certain role. People can share acclaim. Both can be a hero. I know the director says there is a sequel with a treatment already done (they don’t work with a script). Let’s just hope he has free reign to continue making movies according to his vision and not have to succumb to adding stuff so that more toys can be sold.

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