Movie Review│Mad Max: Fury Road

mad max fury roadDirector: George Miller // Year of release: 2015 // 120 minutes
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult…

Seen in May 2015

Log Line (from IMDb)

In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.

My thoughts

Let’s just start by saying that I had never seen any of the previous Mad Max movies before; so I basically went in completely “innocent” and unaware. And man, oh man, was I in for a surprise!

First of all, this shit is CRAZY! The movie hadn’t started for 10 minutes that I was already thinking “What the duck is happening? And what the frack is that?”. It definitely demanded a little getting used to. But once you embark on the journey (literally, the movie is about a moving convoy having to go from point A to point B), OMG it is awesome!

If you are a fan of car chases, practical effects, incredible action scenes and gorgeous cinematography, then you will love Mad Max: Fury Road.
I don’t know George Miller and his reputation, but apparently the guy is a stickler for practical effects and everything being real in his movies (as much as possible anyway), and so I learned afterwards that basically everything in the movie (stunts, car chases, etc.) was done for real, “old-fashioned style” (in French I would have said “à l’ancienne”). And let me tell you how good it was!!! I think George Miller just schooled any of the recent film-makers who think they are big shots because they spend millions in CGI (*cough*Michael Bay*cough*).
I cannot stress enough how awesome and incredible the action sequences looked (which is basically 75% of the movie to be honest, and that in itself was really cool) and were.

I will say that I was a little bit confused as to where Max was from and how the hell did he found himself in this situation, but I guess that it fits with the general WTF tone of the movie. I also think that the things I didn’t understand about those “half-boys” or “half-dead” or whatever they were called, were because I did not see the previous movies. I talked to someone who had seen them, and he asked me if those characters were still in the new movie, so I’m thinking they were in the originals and maybe I would have understood a bit more about them had I seen the previous instalments.

I love Tom Hardy, and he’s really good in the movie, but the real star, I think, is Charlize Theron. Even though the movie is called Mad Max, it seemed to me that Furiosa (Theron’s character) was the real lead. She is the most developed character (Nicholas Hoult’s has got a pretty nice arc himself) and she kicks some ass in the meantime!

My rating:

Mad Max: Fury Road is a 4/5 for me. Some parts were a little too crazy for me (and for the audience too apparently, who laughed at some of the things that were on screen), but overall, I think this is one of the best directed action movies I have seen in a very long time. I’m a sucker for car chases, and since it’s 70% of the movie AND it’s done in practical effects, I was sold!

Awesome movie poster by Michal Lanczkowski.

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