On Saturday afternoon, I managed to squeeze in a matinee with some of my favourite humans.
I know there is a lot of discussion about how feminist and how there is a lack of misogyny in the flick which is absolutely fantastic and 100% true! But, more importantly, from the start of the flick to the very end, it is a Mad Max flick. Except only prettier than its predecessors.
Fundamentally, at its core, the Mad Max flicks are road movies. They are all about big cars and big trucks, crazy cars and crazy trucks, and a whole lotta smashy-smashy of same. Its about the desolation of society with stark, challenging landscapes. Its also about a solitary man who helps people in spite of himself. That’s it. Mad Max has never been about complicated story lines, ambiguous villians, or changing the world. It’s just big dumb fun. And Mad Max: Fury Road is no exception. It fits absolutely perfectly into the world of that George Miller created back in the 1970s. To me, there was only really two changes improvements in this new installment.
1. The treatment of female characters has radically changed from the original film or even The Road Warrior. There is narry a rape to be seen anywhere in this flick! [slow clap, George Miller, slow clap] Plus, Charlize Theron‘s character, Imperator Furiosa, is amazing. Just amazing. In fact, I really believe that it is her film moreso than Max’s. And everyone knows how I feel about the gentleman who plays Max. He’s really a supporting character in this film – the audience foothold into the flick. And can we talk about the scene when Max and Furiosa are kicking the shit out of each other? Probably my favourite scene. Now, I don’t think Fury Road is going to change Hollywood or anything. But its treatment of its female characters is a step in the right direction.
2. The cinematography is absolutely stunning. This is a BEAUTIFUL flick. The palette (warm reds, yellows, and browns) is gorgeous. I felt dusty sitting in the theatre. Certainly much, MUCH prettier than the previous films. So that’s always a plus for me.
I should probably mention my Tom. He was great as Max. He wasn’t trying to be Mel Gibson. He brought his own shit to the role and he filled it exactly how I thought he would. As always, he is awesome. Oh, this goes without saying, but man, he’s pretty. 😉
Now, bring on Mad Max: The Wasteland!