Mad Max: Fury Road has just hit the cinemas, and the word couldn't be more appropiate, it's a hit. From the very beginning we are treated to excellent action scenes and just enough exposition to know what's going on and be invested in the characters.
Director George Miller after an almost decade long hiatus (Happy Feet not widthstanding) still has it: The action scenes are flawlessly executed, without an excess of gore or love for unnecessary confusing angles. The exposition and backstory are unfolded more than told: we don't have to roll our eyes as we hear the past of each character, we just get the minimum details to understand their motivations as the film moves on. The artistic direction is breathtaking, all cars, armors, weapons, outfits look just spot on.
We follow the capture of Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) by a group of wasteland warriors that live in the Citadel, a desert city. The city is run by Immortal Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), our main antagonist, with an iron fist. On a regular gasoline-run Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) highjacks the gas truck and Max Manages to tag along. It won't be long before Immortal Joe realizes Furiosa has taken more than just the truck and runs after her...
The only blemish that I can find myself thinking of is the simplicity of the plot, but even that works in the movies' favor: the plot might be simple, but the in-universe customs, religions and social constructs feel so plausible that at no point does the movie shatter our suspension of disbelief. The three main characters (yes, there are three of them) have their own past and dreams for the future, but we just get some clues, the rest we must piece by ourselves. It's a simple story, with very complex characters, or at least as complex as a post-apocaliptic world will permit.
The music and the sound design are also top notch, but it is in the mixture of all the elements of the movie where the work is most impressive: a two hour movie that feels like a classic 90 minute feature.
Mad Max: Fury Road is a solid contestant for the best action movie of the year, best of the decade almost if you ask me. Watch it, if you can in 3D and IMAX, you'll get 120 minutes of solid direction, relatable characters, incredible action and excellent performances. You won't regret it!