WOW! “What a lovely day” indeed!
As a fan of the Mad Max series, I knew that George Miller’s fourth installment would leave me satisfied. BUT WOW! I never quite imagined it would be that good! Dare I say it? It might actually be the best installment yet! Also, it actually might be one of my Top 10 favourite movies of all time.
I watched with a mate of mine just hours ago, and as soon as the credits started rolling, we were in awe of the cinematic masterpiece we had just witnessed. And as soon as we were able to utter words, the first thing that came out was “What did we just watch?” It was that good!
Similar words came out of my mouth after watching Avengers: Age of Ultron, yet the meaning behind the statement couldn’t be more of a polar opposite. Take note Marvel; this is how you leave people speechless with an epic film!
I think it’s going to take me watching a few times to do a thorough review of the good and bad. So I’ll just make this a quick one.
- Tom Hardy as the titular hero MAX, was a great substitute to Mel Gibson (Mad Max 1 -3) At times, I did feel that he was a secondary character only to Charlize Theron. Which really has more to do with the overall plot than his acting abilities. With that said, Hardy is an action superstar! The chase and fight sequences were spot on and he did great to carry them. His acting? I think his Aussie accent could do with a little work. (I don’t blame him. I’ve lived in Australia 21 years and I still have an American-ish accent.) Perhaps this was the very thing that hinders him for giving the role his all. He seemed a bit hesitant with a few of the emotional scenes and the least believable of the main roles in this film. He was great but not brilliant!
Charlize Theron as Furiosa stole the spotlight! This was her movie! Or as least it seemed it was. When discussing with a mate of mine, I mentioned that Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures could have easily marketed this film as “from the world of Mad Max”, title it as Furiosa, and it would make just as much, if not more, sense. Getting back to the point – she was so badass! Charlize Theron was so good in Aeon Flux, and so amazing in Hancock as an action star but this portrayal rose above them all.
- Nicholas Hoult as Nux was by far my favourite in this film! He was brilliant at every turn! As soon as he stepped onto the screen, I was already convinced! The energy, the passion, and the vulnerability - I believed it all. Part of why this movie loses a fraction of a point for me, is that I wished they had fleshed his kind’s story a little more. This guy gets punched, kicked, shot at and pushed out of a moving vehicle, and still comes out with the most heart out of any character in the film.
A few other key people I really enjoyed here were;
Rosie Huntington Whiteley actually managed to redeem herself from that Transformers gig.
Zoe Kravits is quickly becoming the fave supporting actress with her roles in Divergent, Insurgent, After Earth and Xmen: First Class. Out of all of them, this was my fave of hers.
Hugh Keays-Byrne was great as the antagonist Immortan Joe. I would say he was the main antagonist in this film. But to me, that deserves go to the environment and harsh weather conditions and atmospere in this fictional world.
Megan Gale – former Wonder Woman to be made a small appearance. I have to say that I had not seen her in anything else before, so her adequate acting was quite a surprise. And at 39 years old, she’s still as beautiful as ever!
Best Scene has to go to – the beautifully cooked first fight scene between Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult added with a little Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoe Kravits flavour. It was intense and enjoyable. And it seemed to have gone on forever, but not long enough.
The Cirque-du-Soleil stunt work, and the practical effects were amazing. Well done to George Miller for going this route and not have it be so CGI heavy as most films of this caliber are.
The Cinematography was so unbelievably beautiful. I have to admit that as much as I was quite sad that filming had to move from NSW Australia to Namibia, I’m glad it turned out to be just the way it did. The way this movie was filmed, was so good! You can tell this is clearly storyboarded and planned by the mastermind himself. Classic filming mixed with relevant contemporary touches.
Soundtrack was great! There’s nothing worse than a good movie with a bad soundtrack * ahem Avengers: Age of Ultron *. Junkie XL again delivers some of the most satisfying tunes, amplifying scenes to full potential.
Set design. Just amazing and the world built in Mad Max series makes me want to go exploring for more information. Gas Town, Bullet Farm, I wanna know about them all!
I really like the overall theme of the story. Here you have an idolizing and desperate society ruled by a misogynist, sadist, ruthless and inhumane being, using women as his personal things and property. Even breeding them to fulfill his lasting legacy. Then cut to a post-modern feminist who has a great cause to rescue those enslaved by said ruler, determined so much that she has conflict with the first man we see her encounter, who only wants to escape the same thing she does. As the movie and war rig moves forward, we see her warming up to him, realizing that they have the same cause and even seeing him as an equal, as all classic feminist and any human being should. There’s a great scene with an exchange between Hardy and Theron that becomes the pivotal moment you witness her see him as an ally rather than an enemy, but not too early on so that it loses the fun between them.
The organic relationship formed between the not so damsel in distress and the not so typical hero, causing them to trust and accept the aid of the anti-hero with a heart – What a winning formula!
Ok that wasn’t really a quick one. But if you haven’t already seen Mad Max: Fury Road and you are just perusing through reviews to figure out whether you should watch it – I say go! You won’t be disappointed.
If you have, comment and let me know what you guys think.
Overall, I give this a 9.5/10