Movie Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’May 16, 2015 at 6:36 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment
Me and Mad Max go back a long way. I not only watched the films as a child, but pretending to be Max. He was a part of my childhood. Thus the Mad Max character is one that speaks to me. Consequently, it also meant my expectations were super high.
Mad Max: Fury Road is by the same guy who did all the previous films. Visually, it’s perfect. The visual aesthetics of the film are spot on. From the souped up, post-apocalyptic cars to the fantastically strange characters, the film captures the look and feel of the series and cranks it up a notch like never before. It also has a great supporting cast. The character actors do an excellent job in making their roles interesting, fun and immersive with the word. On top of that, Charlize Theron’s character turns out to be a much more important character than I realized going in. She’s like the Ripley of the film, whereas Tom Hardy is almost more of a Hicks. However, that’s one of my complaints about the film.
Face it, Mad Max is in the title. We want to see him, and we see a lot of him. He’s the central character throughout the film. Yet he doesn’t speak much. We never get much of any background on him. In a way, we’ve already had three films explaining that, so why retread old ground. But there was a part of me that kept looking for that link. Something to show that this was the same Mad Max that we’ve seen before. Some element that would throw a nod to the previous films. Alas, that moment never came. While this Mad Max could be the same guy, it could also be a reboot. It was one of the things that bothered me a little.
Aside from that, however, this movie is one long action chase from beginning to end. Seriously, it starts with Max being chased, and nearly to the end of the film, he’s still being chased. If you’re looking for car wars, this is it. Each part of the film is just a segment in one long car chase. While it is done well with great action scenes and visuals, it could have used some more breaks to add some variety to the story.
Nevertheless, even with those gripes and hesitations, I still have to say this movie was special. All of the props, wardrobe and vehicle dressings were beyond superb, creating a truly spectacular feast for the eyes. There is so much to take in that it’s worth seeing again just to drink it all in. And the story weaves in these odds bits to create a strange world that intrigues the imagination. Plus Max is actually a bit mad, as in crazy, in this film, which is very much in line with all of the crazy characters populating the movie. It’s bizarre, exciting, entertaining, and surprising. You won’t know who will die and who will live, where it will end, and what strange character will show up next. As if pushing all of those borders wasn’t enough, George Miller puts more women into this movie than we’ve ever seen in the series before. Charlize isn’t the only female warrior, and I really enjoyed Miller’s characterizations.
So, as a lifelong Mad Max fan, I give Fury Road a four out of five metal bikinis. If you like cars and action, this film will take you on one long, crazy ride. It’s not perfect, but it’s fun.