I haven’t seen any of the past Mad Max films and I don’t particularly like action movies, but Mad Max Fury Road was bizarre and different, but also amazingly entertaining. It’s the best action movie I’ve ever seen, throws you right into the action and never lets off the throttle.
Why can’t more action movies be like this? It treats it’s audience like adults, the plot isn’t spoon fed to the audience and this movie could easily be watched as a stand alone film. It’s understood Max has a tragic past, everyone has a tragic past in this dystopian wasteland!, but it doesn’t waste our time detailing what happened to him. In a movie where people worship steering wheels and battle in decked out vehicles, it felt realistic. I walked in not knowing what I was getting into, I didn’t even see the trailer, but knew it garnered favorable reviews. I walked away so impressed it compelled me to write one myself.
The action is surprisingly realistic in this bizarre and insane world Fury Road is set in. Usually action scenes are so hard to follow because of excessive cuts and shaky cam, but there was almost none of that here. Every thing flowed, despite the gritty and twisted dystopian setting, the movie itself was eloquent and simple. There’s no unnecessary backstory, we know who the bad guys are, we know who the good guys are, and we know they’re running away.The cinematography, the breathtaking landscape, the car battles, the special effects, there was no wasted scene throughout the movie and it was all appeasing to the eye.
The sound track got me amped, I could beat Lance Armstrong in a bike race listening to this soundtrack. The decked out truck rocking the guitarist and drummers always brought a smile to my face. The guitar man’s solos seamlessly weave into the sound track, his guitar shoots flames! In a movie as badass as this one this guy held a special place in my heart and I don’t think he had one speaking line.
I wanted to buy a motorcycle or truck and drive it in the desert after watching this movie. It’s surprisingly funny and avoids most cliché movie tropes that hold most summer popcorn flicks down. There’s conflict, but the hero doesn’t win because he’s the hero, there’s no deus ex machina that saves any of the characters from danger, the sense of urgency and the threats are very real. There’s no romantic subplot between the two main characters just because they’re the main characters and they’re opposite genders, something that happens in almost every movie… I did not see it in 3D, but noticed a couple of scenes catered for 3D.
Tom Hardy brought a familiar Bane like voice to his portrayal of Max, he even wears a mask for the first hour of the movie, but his facial reactions were his strongest part of his character.
The unspoken dialogue overall was fantastic, so much was able to be conveyed without words. Charlize Theron is just a badass and she and Hardy had great chemistry. I loved Charlize Theron’s character name, Imperator Furiosa. I’m not 100% sure what most of the other character’s names were, but hers was awesome. Furiosa. Nick Hoult was weird looking, his other movies, Warm Bodies and X-Men, also had him heavily clad in costume as well. Maybe he just doesn’t want to be recognized in the streets? There are some very attractive models in the movie that could have easily been one-dimensional in a less deft director’s hands, but none of them were. That’s more I can say for any Michael Bay female lead, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley actually was the female lead in Transformers 3, but as a secondary character here out shined her previous role tenfold.
Despite drugged out cult goons throwing spears at the main characters, their reactions were natural and realistic. The villains were insane and grotesque, but their motivation was understandable as well. Some of the goon characters have personalities, not all of the bad guys are Stormtroopers, some of them I actually pitied when they died.
The women characters were fantastic, I think director George Miller treated every character like a human being instead of female or male characters. Female characters would kill people as casually as Mad Max or the main bad guy would. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron could have switched roles, they weren’t really gender specific, and I wouldn’t have batted an eye.
I watched the trailer after I watched the movie and it doesn’t do it justice. Just go see this movie, go see it alone if you have to. Wow. Entertaining the whole way through. A twisted world, beautifully shot and surprisingly funny. Rebooting this franchise seemed random, but I’m so happy with what came from it. A must see movie of the summer and in general. The less you know going into it the better and I tried not to spoil anything here with this review.