Watching this movie, it’s not hard to see why. The characters (and indeed, the entire world) that have sprung from George Miller (who, fun fact, also penned and directed Babe (yes the one about the pig) and Happy Feet (yes, the one about the penguins) and their sequels) are so vivid and interesting that there isn’t a single moment where you can look away from the screen. Besides the other Mad Max films, there is almost nothing to compare it to. Something with a slightly similar theme would be The Book of Eli, but that doesn’t even approach the wonder of this film.
take second fiddle to Charlize Theron’s Furiosa. Her decision, to take the five women that Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne – who played a bad guy in some of the original Mad Max Films) is using as his personal harem, is an inspiring one that few women in apocalyptic films get a chance to make.
The world is so immersive. Immortan Joe and his children are terrifying and yet you feel sorry for them. His decision to lord his water and Mother’s Milk (which just terrifies me at the implications of it) is chilling, but it’s his desire of a normal heir that truly disturbs me. You know that he will do anything to accomplish this goal. What else could be more terrifying? His War Boys are crazy to watch, but the vehicles are what the movie truly follows. There are all kinds of monstrosities, including my personal favorite: a huge amp tower that contains a series of drummers and a guitar player that shreds music and fire. Miller uses this player to start the music in the different scenes, and it’s truly awesome.
Miller has a lot of talent behind the camera. Some of my favorite scenes include the slowed down scenes not involved in the chases, obviously filmed using red or blue filters. Just by the use of these colors, the scenes take on emotions all on their own.
Frankly, I’m just not a good enough writer to do justice to all the good things this movie does. I’ll end with this: though the movie tackles lots of themes about the apocalyptic world, the outrageousness may not be for those that prefer a movie that is more tuned down. However, I think that everyone can find something that they enjoy.
I’m giving Mad Max: Fury Road an “A+”.
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