This is a review after the reviews. Many people have already reviewed this film, but I felt the need to do the same because I believe this is a really great film that must be expressed for all to see. If you haven't yet contributed to the $15 million box office film, then you should and I will tell you why.
I must say at the beginning that I did not make it through all of "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome" before seeing this movie, and I still haven't seen it to this date. Also, I have seen most of "Mad Max: The Road Warrior", but it was the night after seeing "Fury Road, and I haven't seen any of the first film, "Mad Max". That's just another reason why this film is great because I understood and enjoyed everything about this film without seeing its predecessors. "Mad Max: Fury Road" is an amazing stand alone film.
Mad Max truly is a great film with a world that's well thought out and delivered. The writing is really amazing. I witnessed many moments where both sides (Max and Immortan Joe) were within reach of getting what they wanted, and it was taken away. I also saw many moments where they get what they wanted or think they get it, but it's quickly taken, or didn't actually happen. Conflict after conflict is what this movie is until the very end, and it's great. George Miller proves to be an awesome writer and director.
With all of the conflict comes an action packed car chase through the desert, but all with good purpose. In a desert world such as this one the best thing to do is drive to get places because it's so hot, which would make gasoline be power and money, as well as water. The setting and character interactions are perfect and realistic with the way things would be if the world was really in this situation. I
I've read other reviews where people have complained that "it's just a long car chase in the desert" and "Max doesn't even say anything halfway through the movie". Why are these complaints? This is how it's supposed to happen. Yes it's a long car chase in the desert, what else is there for them to do? Along the chase is where all the conflict and story happens, so it seems long, but it's really not that long. I'm sure in reality they didn't really travel that far. Some folks can't just enjoy the story I guess. And Max is actually the one doing the voiceover at the beginning of the film, so, he does talk before mid-movie, but even so, Max travels through a desert alone all the time. He doesn't have interaction with people often, and when he does, they try to kill him, rob him, or take his blood, therefore he wouldn't trust too many people either. I expect that many people in the similar situation wouldn't say much.
A line at the beginning from Max is "I run from the living and the dead" and "I'm set on one instinct survival". Those lines alone explain a lot about the film you are going to see and experience.
On that note, I really enjoyed the moment they put Max, played by Tom Hardy, on the front of the truck and ran his blood IV through chains and into the driver, played by Nicholas Hoult, then drove fiercely into the desert. I can't help but wonder if Tom was upset to have his face covered once again for the movie, but if he was upset, I'm sure he loved the process of getting it off, and then it actually coming off.
Another one of my favorite moments was the same as many others. The Doof Warrior.
I liked this character because it brought some humor to the film, and he was really cool to watch. On top of that it's real. That guy is awesome, and this also shows George Miller's attention to detail in his writing and directing. This character serves a purpose, every character serves a purpose, which is a sign of great writing to me. Along the way this character helps his master fight as well as provide an awesome guitar score, which is something I would expect people of power to do anyway in a world such as this one. I mean, think of it ths way, we love listening to music in our car now, this this their way of having that same feeling. It's also like a similar situation to medieval times with King's and their Minstrels that follow them. Like this...
To read more about the flaming guitarist, read a fellow Moviepilot creators article here.
I also heard some reviewers say that 3D isn't worth the money, and I'm here to say I think that's very untrue. There are several movies that have come out, but have no purpose seeing in 3D, however this movie isn't one of them. There were many moments I enjoyed more because I saw it in 3D, and that's another cool aspect about the flaming guitarist at the end. So, I do suggest 3D if you like viewing it that way, it's worth it.
While enjoying all the writing, story, and action throughout the movie, I do have some things I did not like or understand about the film. I felt some moments when they were running away, it was pretty slow, and some things could have been shortened. I feel overall that the film could have been maybe 10 minutes shorter. I also wasn't a huge fan of how Max helped them, Charlize Theron's character and the other girls, achieve their goal (sort of) at the end, then he just quickly acts like, "Okay, I'm out", and that's it. I figured he's at least stick around a little bit and enjoy some women and water, then head out to the desert alone, but I guess his character is just that stubborn and can ever sit still because he's a "Road Warrior". That's really the only things that bothered me in the film.
Based off Rotten Tomatoes the film has a Critic's Rating of 98% out of 260 reviews (5 of which consider the film "Rotten"), and it has a 90% Audience Rating out of 68,438 reviews with an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars, which makes this movie really "Fresh". So, thousands of people suggest that you see this movie if you haven't.
*UPDATE* After watching the interview video of the film team at Cannes, which you can watch here, Tom Hardy says they didn't "have the pleasure of having a script". That being said, when I speak of great writing for this film, I mean it by the creation and the telling of this story. On that note, I really like what George Miller says around the 11:00 mark of the video.
Mad Max: Fury Road- "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."-IMDb
The movie is a Warner Bros. Production, Written and Directed by George Miller (All Mad Max films), and it stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and Hugh Keays-Byrne.