Last week, I got the chance to see Mad Max: Fury Road, and I was mesmerized. For the past several months, I had been hyping myself up for [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), and I loved it. That being said, when I went to see Fury Road, I was astonished. Sure, I'm a huge Marvel fan, but Mad Max blew Avengers out of the water. There aren't even words to describe how good Fury Road was.
Well, technically there are words. A lot of words in fact, so I'll use as many of them as I need to to convey the magnitude of such an epic film.
1. The Action
It wouldn't be a Mad Max movie without intense action, and [Mad Max: Fury Road](tag:41445) more than delivers. The movie starts off with action right out of the gates, as Max tries to escape from the War Boys, and the action sequences only grow in intensity throughout the film. Now don't worry - the movie isn't all action. There is still plenty of exposition to supply an amazing story, but the action is very frequent.
The action scenes play nicely compared to the original franchise. The long car chases, the hopping between vehicles, and the varied and massive explosions mark a triumphant return from the original trilogy. Not to mention all these explosions and car hoppings are genuine stunts. CGI is hardly used in the film, staying on par with the original trilogy that we know and love.
2. The Loyalty to the Franchise
The original Mad Max trilogy ended back in 1985. That means 30 years passed before the latest installment. With such a large gap in between films, you would expect them to change quite a bit. Well, other than the quality of the film itself drastically increasing, the movie was remarkably similar to the original trilogy.
After Max loses his wife and child in the original Mad Max, he becomes a man of few words. In fact, Mel Gibson only has 16 lines in Mad Max: The Road Warrior. Other than the brief narration at the beginning, Tom Hardy's Max says very little throughout Fury Road. He also behaves with the same moral leniency that the original Max did. There are several other parallels to the original trilogy, but I'll save those for another article.
3. The Cinematography
There is really no way to get around saying the obvious here. Mad Max: Fury Road is an incredibly beautiful movie. In large part, this is because director George Miller laid down a few guidelines in the production of the movie. In order to set Fury Road apart from other post-apocalyptic movies, he wanted there to be very vibrant colors. This worked out perfectly, as the brilliant oranges of the day setting and the deep blues of the night setting really add a layer of cinematic magnificence to the atmosphere.
The scope of the shots was also majestic. I'm sure any of you who watched the trailers were amazed at the sandstorm scene. While the trailer gave us a few moments to marvel at it, the actual scene in the movie left me speechless.
It wasn't just the visuals that baffled me, but the manner in which the scenes changed. To add to the madness, the scenes are often hectic and rushed. As your mind rushes to catch up with everything that's happening, you will just get a taste of what the movie is offering.
4. The Soundtrack
The music of the film captures the atmosphere of Fury Road perfectly. The tribal drum beats and fast-paced rocker tunes prep you for the primal fury of the movie. The score is very intense, and it always fits the scene nicely.
On several occasions, the music matches the events of the scene. For example, when Max is in a fight towards the end, a sharp note plays steadily every time Max punches his opponent. The soundtrack is simply incredible and unlike anything else I have heard in recent films.
5. The Madness
A factor that was lost in the original Mad Max trilogy was the madness. Sure, he was called "Mad Max," and we were told that he had been driven mad by the loss of his wife and child, but it is Fury Road where we truly experience the madness. We get to sit back and watch as constant visions and hallucinations dictate every move he makes throughout the film.
We are also notified at the beginning of the film that Max is not the only "mad" one in the film. From the pale-skinned War Boys to the maniacal warlord Immortan Joe, the theme of total and complete madness stays steady throughout the film.