In 1979, the world first met Mad Max, which later spawned two sequels, the sequentially titled Mad Max 2 Road Warrior in 1981 and the unsequentially titled Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Now, 30 years later we’ve finally have another installment in the ever so awesome franchise. Here are my thoughts on Mad Max Fury Road.
First, I feel I have to say something about the story in the film, or lack thereof, as it were.While there is a deeper story arc to the film, with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) “kidnapping” the wives of the main antagonist Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), aiming to save them from a life of oppression. While it’s not the most original plot in existence, it does work for what it’s there for. With that said, this story doesn’t really show its face until sometime mid-film and again toward the end, with a lot of action filling in all the gaps in between. And boy, is it action packed! ‘To the brim’ is a definite understatement. Over the top action bonanza pretty much from start to finish, which would seem a bit much for some, but the use of practical effects over CGI turns this 120 minute action frenzy into an absolute delight!
Now, as for Max himself, well… One could argue that the movie is more about Furiosa as she’s the character that drives the story forward. Sure, he does serve a purpose, being the badass that he is, but the lack of dialogue from the titular character, this movie could just as well be titled Post-Apocalyptic Road Wars or something to that effect, just dropping a nameless male character in the mix. But, it is a Mad Max-film and even if Tom Hardy did a great job with what little he had, he was no Mel Gibson, but that’s just my own issues I think.
George Miller is the man behind the original trilogy and he sits as both writer and director on this installment as well, and that’s something that’s very noticeable. The visuals of the film is all-out Mad Max and the action is even greater than it was in ..Road Warrior, so the combination of a great job from the actors and the genius writing and directing from Miller, this film can stand proud as the recipient of Tango’s ‘Stamp of Approval’. It’s not a ‘Platinum’, but it’s one of the greatest action films of this generation, a beautiful piece of visual entertainment and a definite addition to my To Buy-list.