Directed by: George Miller
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Released: 14/5/2015 (UK)
Do you remember Mad Max? He was a legend, the road warrior, where he went trouble was sure to follow. His movies defined the post Apocalyptic genre of movie(in this reviewers humble opinion anyway). Directed by George Miller and starring a then unknown Aussie actor known as Mel Gibson, Mad Max was about one man’s survival against a punishing and destructive world filled with monsters and his own personal demons. That is until Tina Turner and her “children” stuck him in a Thunderdome, but the less we talk about the better. Now it’s been thirty years since the last Mad Max adventure and since reboots are all the rage now my review of Mad Max: Fury Road.
Mad Max: Fury Road opens with one man by himself reflecting, or taking a toilet break I’m not sure. This man, is Max(Tom Hardy) and before we get any real idea on who he is we are thrown into an impromptu, and short, car chase. After that we are thrust into the world of the mad and it is not a world for the feint hearted. I won’t go any further into plot details because going in blind to Mad Max: Fury Road is just one hell of an experience. I didn’t know where the story was going, I didn’t know who’d survive, and most importantly, the best scenes weren’t ruined by a two minute teaser.
Now the element that stood out for Mad Max: Fury Road for me was the characters, from Hardy’s Max to Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa, every character was memorable and fun. What was great was even though the action set pieces were on a level unseen in most action movies the characters never felt lost in them. They spouted hilarious lines of dialogue while doing death defying stunts on top of one of a kind cars. What complimented both the characters and the action scenes was the soundtrack, giving an incredible depth to every scene(especially the scenes filled with pulse pounding action). Now I said previously that the characters were incredible, and they are but one thing that threw me for a loop was the status of Max in Mad Max: Fury Road. For a solid thirty minutes Max does not talk and when you’re watching the movie you can’t help but feel this is not really Max’s story, but Furiosa’s. She’s the one with the most to lose, she’s the one on the journey, Max is just there. Now I will say that what Hardy works with he totally nails, he gives off this presence that just glues your eyes to the screen. Then there’s the villain Immortan Joe(Hugh Keays-Byrne) who is this total monster, he believes himself a God and deals out life giving water as if he himself created it.
It sets up some disturbing scenes and imagery, and that’s what Mad Max: Fury Road excels at, stunning cinematography. If there is one thing George Miller understands, it’s madness, unfortunately he doesn’t understand a few things. When Mad Max: Fury Road slows down, it really slows down. The pacing can be off at times and the dialogue, when you have nothing to watch but people talk, can be pretentious and convoluted and like I said before this feels more like Furiosa’s movie, featuring Mad Max and that can annoy a lot people, not me though I enjoyed his unique position in Mad Max: Fury Road.
I can’t talk any more on Mad Mad: Fury Road otherwise I’ll ramble, so I’ll just leave with this final line. The movies now belong to the mad!
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