Mad Max: Fury Road [MOVIE REVIEW]

'Mad Max: Fury Road' is not only the best Mad Max movie of the series, it also happens to be one of the best action movies of the past few decades. Modern action movie directors literally just got their asses handed to them by a guy who just turned 70 years old. Simply put, 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is excellent.

Going in to this film I was aware of the stunning rottentomatoes and metacritic score but I did not let that completely mess with my expectations because doing that never ends up well (and if you have not seen it yet, do not let anything in THIS article raise your expectations too much either). Luckily enough though George Miller's return to the deserted landscape grabbed hold of my attention from the very first frame and never for one second let go until the credits began. This is action film making at its absolute finest.

For what is essentially a two hour action sequence, nothing ever becomes repetitious or overblown. There are enough quiet moments to let the audience breath in what is happening and prepare for the next batch of insane action. While the recent Transformers movies just hit you in the face with its constant action set pieces that drags on for way too long without quiet moments or any change in the action - 'Mad Max: Fury Road' manages to have enough different things going on in its action even though it really is just a couple of cars driving in a desert. George Miller's directing perfectly captures the sense of madness that these movies bring you, from the guy constantly playing a guitar on top of one of the cars to the fast paced editing to the insane music... you think it is going to be too much after a while but you just cannot stop looking in admiration at the screen that someone who just turned 70 years old can still do something like this that even people half his age are too lazy to pull off.

Tom Hardy is simply great as Max, capturing the essence of the character with ease through just his facial expressions and his movements. It is a shame that we did not get to see even more of him but I cannot say that he was underused because he really was not. Charlize Theron is a great addition to the franchise and a very strong female character. Also for all you people thinking this film is feminist propaganda, get a life. No, 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is not about women being better than men and it does not say that all men are disgusting slobs that rape women like Immortan Joe does. It is an ensemble of like minded people each pulling their weight. It does not matter if the person is a male or female in this case and whatever is said in the movie by the other female characters does not represent the message the movie is trying to convey - it is just a character in a movie who has been through a lot of hardships thanks to men. Tony Starks comment about re instituting prima nocta in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is also not the message that movie is trying to convey, it is just a line said by a character in a movie and if you know anything about Tony Stark then you know it is completely in line with the character.

One of the things that stuck out to me immediately while watching the movie was that even though there were not that many lines of dialogue in the first act, I still managed to care about the characters and that is because they all have their own set of beliefs that you can buy. Nux is one of the bad guys but it is only because he has followed Immortan Joe for too long and believes in an afterlife so much that he is willing to do anything to get Joe's respect and hopefully get to that afterlife. Charlize Theron's character Furiosa has a very basic backstory but it is enough to have you on board with how she thinks, you know exactly where she is coming from and you want to see her succeed in her goal.

When I saw the movie I was thinking back on that rottentomatoes score and I was just surprised that it actually is that high and it is not because I do not think it deserves it, but because it is such a weird and insane movie that it could easily be off-putting to some people. It really is pretty much just a two hour long action sequence with only a few quiet moments in between. I could also imagine people being turned off by the fact that some things are just straight up silly like the guitar player on top of one of the cars who just does not care about what is going on and is just rocking out like crazy. Luckily it does not seem like that is happening, instead it really seems like it is going to go down as one of the landmarks in cinematic history when it comes to action movies. If you have not seen it yet and is still debating on it then all I can say is, if you like having fun and like well filmed action with actual practical effects - then it is definitely for you. For me personally, I loved it and sees it as one of the best movies of 2015.


- Lucas


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