This will probably be the hardest thing I write this year. Alongside university essays and job applications, my investment with Mad Max Fury Road stands stronger than any uni essay, just don't tell my lecturers that!
Mad Max Fury Road is my favourite film. It instantly took my number one spot above anything else. It is everything I want in a film, so the idea of more sequels with Tom Hardy in the starring role is just perfect, but the question is how? How can The Wasteland possibly top Fury Road?
Fury Road was blessed with minimal dialogue, and what there was of it was masterful. Unforgettable lines, the most epic and eerie opening narration ever, masterfully delivered quips and one liners that stuck. Characters were made memorable and fleshed out because of their lines, or lack their of. That needs to remain the same in further adventures, at least to measure up.
The Wasteland could possibly beat Fury Road in terms of location if thought out so thoroughly. I loved the Citadel, it was a mass landscape of greenery and towering wonder, the detail on the inside, including Immortan Joe's hydroponics and the War Boys V8 wheel-room, only added to how real this world felt. So, next time instead of the Citadel, or reinvigorating Barter Town or the Refinery from previous Mad Max films, how about an underground lair, or a car factory, maybe even a lake town that has a dried out lake leaving just a pit where remaining survivors thrive. Either way, an antagonist in a Wasteland world needs a stronghold to hold dominance, much like Immortan Joe.
Fury Road's stunt-work is almost impossible to top! Polecats that swing from car to car, massive flamers, men running on top of war rigs, men tied on the lances of cars, vehicles modified like tanks and guitar guys swinging on bungee chords mid-chase. How do you beat that? You go bigger! Double decker buses, giant mining machines, and instead of polecats cars maybe have catapults that fling baddies from vehicle to vehicle. In terms of weaponry, we had the claw trucks, spikes cars and pursuit vehicles in Fury Road, I thought it would be cool to see the catapult feature used for throwing explosives. My ideas probably won't even measure up to the madness and insanity that brews inside Director George Miller's head!
I'm struggling here to think of something original and as mind blowing as what Fury Road delivered. As long as George Miller helms the film, Tom Hardy does what he does best and we have two hours of full throttle entertainment and characters in peril I'm fairly sure The Wasteland will still be a mighty fun time.