George Miller wrote and directed Mad Max (1979), Mad 2: The Road Warrior (1981), and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985). Here we are three decades later and the man returns to the franchise with a bang—make that several bangs, screeches, and vrooms!
Mad Max: Fury Road takes us back to Miller’s unforgettable vision of a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world: It has an abundance of desertscapes, machines, metal and leather and a clear lack of soap and water.
Tom Hardy effortlessly steps into the battle-worn boots once inhabited by Mel Gibson. In many ways, however, it seems Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosais sparks up some interesting relevant discussion (and right after we discussed Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow).
A story in UK publication The Telegraph quotes Theron: “There’s a misconception that women want to be considered as strong as men,” she said. “And, you know, we are, but we’re also many other things; just as conflicted, just as dark, and just as interesting.” The website Collider also has her saying, “We had a filmmaker that understood the truth of women is powerful enough, and that we don’t want to be put on pedestals, or made to be super unnaturally strong and capable of doing things that we’re not capable of doing. But what we are capable of doing is really interesting and really informs a story like this.”
Besides Imperator Furiosa, there’s an interesting tribe of desert women called The Vuvalini who I loved but will say no more about because I don’t want to spoil the fun for some of you.
There are also the wives played by stunning models and actresses—Rose Huntington-White-ley, Zoe Kravitz (et. al.)—the ensemble were made to attended a three week workshop with author and activist Eve Ensler (Vagina Monologues).
While I like that the women characters inspire positive discussion on women in cinema 2015, I must say it is the set pieces that truly drive the film. George Miller is now 70 and his imagination is running at full throttle for this one. He has thought up some incredible, crazy scenarios for fights, stunts and car chases in his desertscape. All this accompanied by music from one of my favorite composers, Junkie XL, whose previous work include The Dark Knight Rises, 300: Rise of an Empire and Resident Evil).
Need a jolt? Step on it, you’ll know what to do this weekend.
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Mad Max Fury Road opened on Wednesday in cinemas nationwide and is available in 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D and 4DX. Vrooooom!