#MadMaxFuryRoad – A Tango’s Thoughts review

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.

Mad Max banner

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!

Mad Max Comic Con Poster

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.

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This is not a serious movie review-blog. I do not review movies in a fashion that certified critics would. I think about stuff when I watch movies, and then write about those thoughts I had during the movie. I sometimes also think about other stuff related to movies, like castings, sequels and a whole bunch of other stuff. Sometimes, I even think about video games and then write about that. The only thing that's really specific to my writing, is that I write to you in the same way I would talk to you about all this stuff. So please, enjoy my writings, and if you were to get offended by anything, I would suggest you unravel that bunched up pantyhose you have stuck up your butt and stop being so sensitive, because honestly... that's Your problem, not anyone elses. Thank you! View all posts by hanktango

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