Mad Max

Mad Max: Fury Road – Review #1

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What a lovely movie. Oh, and why in the world has Mattel not partnered with George Miller to make Mad Max Hot Wheels? They would sell like…well, mad.

mad-max-fury-road-poster2Mad Max: Fury Road, directed by George Miller, is the fourth installment of the Mad Max series of films. It also acts as a reboot, with Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson as the title character in this 30-year old franchise. The story takes place in the post-apocalyptic wasteland, which is totally not Australia, *cough*, and starts with Max being captured by a group of people call the War Boys, whom for some reason have no tan despite being basked in the sun all the time. Max is found to have blood type O-negative, which means that he’s a universal blood bag, a term that Nux, a War Boy, calls him. As he is being used, Furiosa, a driver under the god-like figure Immortan Joe, decides to detract from a normal oil and gun run. The rest of the movie is the intense chase between Immortan Joe with his War Boys, and Furiosa,¬† with Max being dragged along for the ride.

My anticipation for this movie was off the wall. I love vehicular carnage. Call me what you want, but I like to see vehicles being mangled and crushed. I think it’s supposed to release anger or whatever. And so, with the Mad Max series being famous for its destruction of automobiles, I entered the cinema hoping that my hunger would be at least supplied. Mad Max: Fury Road not just provides that love of destruction with no sense of guilt and remorse what-so-ever, it delivered it in unnecessary excess, and I enjoyed every last minute of it.

When Chris Stuckmann said that this is one of the best action movies this decade, he wasn’t kidding. Director George Miller’s visual eye gives us the best it has ever gotten in post-apocalyptic¬† vehicular warfare. The chase scenes are beautifully shot, the colors are striking, the designs of the vehicles are unique and fit perfectly in this wasteland, and the stunts are some of the most jaw-dropping, eye-opening moments I have ever witnessed. I shit you not, my eyes began to hurt when I watched this movie, not because it was too fast-paced or too bright, but because it had me so glued to the screen I forgot the subconscious instinct to blink. It is that good.

Not only that, but the new characters that Miller have drawn up for us are instantly memorable, and are another magnificent piece of this movie’s puzzle. Charlize Theron’s is strong as Furiosa, a female character in an action movie that *gasp* isn’t a damsel in distress! When’s the last time we’ve seen that?-Black Widow doesn’t count. Nicholas Hoult’s Nux gives the perspective of the blind soldiers, who would willingly sacrifice themselves just to stop a truck. If anything, the weakest character in the movie is Max himself, but maybe that’s just me missing Mel Gibson. And of course, my favorite character is the guy playing the fire-blasting electric guitar. You’ll have to see the film yourself to see why.

All in all, Mad Max: Fury Road gives everything that it promised it would give: high-octane gas-guzzling non-accidental automobile wrecking. Just remember that this is a reboot, and don’t let the change in atmospheric color and actor take away your opinion and enjoyment of this wonderful, steroid-eating, engine-blasting, lovely film.

P.S.: You guys should totally check out Chris Stuckmann on Youtube. He’s a pretty cool guy.